Today is the release day for my wonderful friend and critique partner’s debut YA sci-fi, INHERIT THE STARS, by Tessa Elwood. I’m so excited that the rest of the world will be able to read this wonderful story and get to know Asa and Eagle like I have.
Three royal houses ruling three interplanetary systems are on the brink of collapse, and they must either ally together or tear each other apart in order for their people to survive.
Asa is the youngest daughter of the house of Fane, which has been fighting a devastating food and energy crisis for far too long. She thinks she can save her family’s livelihood by posing as her oldest sister in an arranged marriage with Eagle, the heir to the throne of the house of Westlet. The appearance of her mother, a traitor who defected to the house of Galton, adds fuel to the fire, while Asa also tries to save her sister Wren’s life . . . possibly from the hands of their own father.
But as Asa and Eagle forge a genuine bond, will secrets from the past and the urgent needs of their people in the present keep them divided?
This book hooked me from the start. It’s not your typical sci-fi with complicated worlds and rules. You get to know the characters from page one, and fall deeply into their problems and heartaches without becoming bogged down by world-building and technology. But don’t worry, if you love science fiction, there’s plenty of science and futuristic intricacies to keep you busy here as well.
One of the things I love most about Tessa’s writing is the way she weaves complex choices into the mix without you even realizing it. You’ll struggle right long with Asa as she makes decisions that force her to change everything she knows, and you won’t find out whether or not those were the right choices until the very end. It’s a must read if you love sci-fi and real-world struggles.
I’m so happy for Tessa’s debut. If you’re in the Kansas City on December 11th, head on over to her launch party! There will be cookies!!