“A Stellar Affair” by Laurel Richards

A Stellar Affair

(Author: Laurel Richards) + (Year: 2015) + (Goodreads)


First off, sorry for my absence. Finals are approaching and therefore life sucks and books are forbidden.

Secondly, I will have to give this book a firm No.

I didn’t really expect much once I saw it was a mere 163 pages. A story such as this one simply cannot be developed as needed in so few pages.

But what I got was even worse than my expectations. Not only is the story flat and lifeless, everything about the book is: the language, the characters, even the ending. Flat.

In other hands this could have probably worked. An intergalactic love-story might just have potential in it. I’m not even going to talk about how this seemed like a Jupiter Ascending rip-off, only worse. Oops, guess I just talked about it.  Anyway, even unoriginal, it still might have been somewhat interesting. However, this book fails on the interesting chart.

Issue #1: The characters are plain and boring. There’s lots of insta-love, based on the fact that the guy finds the girl mysterious. The author is trying to make her interesting, strong and feisty, but instead she seems like a whiny b**ch. Both of them are extremely uninteresting and everything that could possibly be fun about them if it were a plot-twist is clearly revealed or simply made painfully obvious to a point you don’t really look forward to finding out what is going on.

Issue #2: The story lacks a point. I mean that. The ending is completely expected. It’s cringe-worthy. Nothing really remarkable happens in the entire book, no bigger plot is at play, nothing is really happening. The secondary characters bear no significance and are easily forgotten, so they don’t really contribute to the story and the predictable main characters, as I already said, are boring. And what-for-it… predictable. I have no idea what the ending was supposed to mean to the readers. I could have probably written a better ending and I don’t pride myself with enough creativity to pose as a writer.

Issue #3: The world-building is horrifying. With that I mean there is not any. So the book is set in the future and there are some wars going on and the Earth is the mother planet. And that’s it. What happened, how it happened, why are people at war, where did the enemy come from, what’s the difference between the humans and the other creatures(I consider there not to be any since no one is described with weird looks and nobody notices that the girl is from the Earth while she’s posing as the enemy, which would mean that the enemy looks like the people from Earth). Questions, questions, questions. There are books in which the lack of back story is not that bothersome, or even interesting(THG and the fact that everyone is trying to guess where the districts are in the USA, which I find very entertaining). In this book, however, it renders the entire plot even more weird and distant to the interests of the reader.

So if you have a story that sucks and characters that such what do you get? A book that sucks. I don’t particularly like being harsh, but I really don’t understand why this book was written at all.