Title: Wayward Stars
Author: Mary Fan
Genre: Science Fiction, Fantasy
Published: 26 February 2019
Publisher: Snowy Wings Publishing
Disclaimer: Thank you very much to Mary Fan for providing me the ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Sing your truth. Defend your dream. Defy your stars.
A month has passed since Iris joined an underground rebel group to save Dámiul from the brutal prison he was sent to for fighting back against his world’s oppressive system. Determined to liberate her kind, Iris volunteers to return to her former patrons and covertly recruit supporters. After persuading the authorities that she’d been telepathically manipulated into helping him, Iris assumes the role of a dutiful musician while secretly spreading whispers of a possible uprising among her fellow performers. But the authorities always seem to be one step ahead, and anyone who defies them is swiftly mind-wiped. Soon, Iris is forced to confront a horrifying fact: there’s a traitor among them. Desperately clinging to her cover, she races to find out who before her true loyalties are discovered—and the search leads her to an unthinkable answer.
—Edited synopsis from Goodreads
“Maybe we weren’t soldiers who could shoot down an enemy, but we fought in our own way to get others to listen.”
Wayward Stars is one of my most anticipated reads of 2019.💫 And I am SO thrilled to get the chance to read it because to be honest, I didn’t think I’d be able to read it.👀
In this story following after Starswept, Iris is back to her former patrons, the Ydayas. She is hopeful and determined to spread the words to other performers and recruit them into the Abolitionist. It isn’t as easy as she thought. Everything she does needs to be extra careful or she’ll get caught and get mind-wiped. Everything was good. 👏🏼 It was very intriguing, but I kind of have mix feelings when the story turned upside down. There have been many struggles throughout the story and there are also good fortune too. I just… really don’t know how to feel about it. 😥
When I got into Act Two which is the second part of the story, I was surprised and sad, kind of. 😰 I’m disappointed with everyone in this story. See? Everything really turned upside down. 😫 The traitor—I don’t know which character is to be blame. I know Master Verik is the monster here but… I feel all of them make mistakes even though I don’t actually see it. I just… really don’t know how to feel anymore. I don’t want it to be that way but it is that way. My heart tingled of all this. 💔 I just want to wipe all of those Adryil. Well, not Mistress Ydaya, not Atikéa, not Jaerin and certainly not Dámiul.
Personally, I think Dámiul is the most who suffered here. 😔 Even from the beginning, he was the one who really went through a lot than the others. My heart really aches for him. 💔 What happened to him and what they—the authorities—did to him is so cruel. 😡 Iris got it worse too, but Dámiul… gosh, my heart is swelling. 💔😭
Anyway, in here, we get to meet Ximena—the one who Dámiul saved at first. She has been mentioned a lot in Starswept and I didn’t even think we will see her character in here. And it’s really good to finally meet her. ✨ Ximena is an acrobatic and her personality is just same like Cara’s; brave, loud and strong-headed. 💀
In addition, I was hoping more from Mistress Ydaya but it’s still not enough for me. 😖 I really hope she will be good with the Abolitionist and maybe, just maybe, be one of them. I was happy when she defended Iris but that’s just it then. I thought I could participate in that just to burst my anticipation since I’ve planted my hope in her. But there’s no more story of that scene. 😩 Again, maybe, she could be Iris’ godmother. Girl—me can only hope for now. 😌💝
Alsoooo, I didn’t even know there is going to be another book in this series???? 😱 Like… How come I just know this?! I only know it when I was checking out the series on Goodreads and stumbled upon it. I am thrilled. 😍 Once again.
Last but not least, this is all so exciting, aching and uplifting. 💖🖤💔 From the beginning and even throughout the book. Especially the ending. Gosh, I can imagine the scene of all of them on the stage. 🔥 I got goosebumps. ✨💫 Well, my heart was surely in pain while reading this book, but it’s a good kind of pain, you know? 👀 When the author just really played your feelings into something. I love that. It succeeded. 🌟 And I can’t wait for the next book! 💃🏻
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