Bright Star

Rated 4.00/5 based on 6 reviews
Sadira Pascal's father is declared dead when his hovership, the 'Bright Star', crashes. But as Sadira looks into her father's crash, she realizes he might just be alive. More
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About Nickie Anderson

I read whatever I can get my hands on, but I particularly love YA and paranormal fiction. I watch way too much TV (Curse you, Fringe!), and when I'm not writing I'm usually jogging, biking, or gardening.

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Lianne Lavoie reviewed on April 11, 2013

Sadira is sad when her father doesn't make it home for her birthday, but things get worse when her class goes to see a hovership launch, her father gets on the ship, and then the ship falls from the sky. The government tells her her father is dead, but a private named Baruj is sure that the crew is still alive, and wants to head out into the desert to find them.

I was expecting a bit more dystopia from this one. There was good set up for one; citizens are required to take a pill each day! So much potential! But nothing much comes of it. Eventually past events come to light that explain how this is a dystopia, though, which is a good subplot. I wish that were more of the story, instead of being sort of on the side.

The problem I had with the main plot of this story is the lack of motivation. Sadira goes in search of her father, which may seem like motivation enough, but her father is, to put it lightly, a huge jerk. She seems obsessed with him, yet in all her memories she describes of him along the way, he comes across as mean and uncaring. Who teaches a child not to cry, because crying doesn't solve problems? And I can understand still loving your father even if he's not very nice, but she acts like he's perfect, and seems somehow surprised when he acts like a jerk some more.

So, I definitely liked the premise of this story, and the dystopian elements, but I had trouble connecting to the characters, which can really throw off a book for me.

3 stars.

Full disclosure: Free ebook copy received from the author.

This review is copied from my blog, The Towering Pile.
(reviewed 6 months after purchase)
Traci Coker reviewed on Jan. 22, 2013

Author's Synopsis:

It's bad enough that Sadira Pascal's father doesn't make it home to celebrate her fifteenth birthday. He might be a busy hovership engineer pulling overtime on a new design, but he's always been home for the important things. It's worse when she discovers her father decided to ride on the maiden voyage of his newest ship, the CAS Bright Star, without even telling her. But things really fall apart during Sadira's field trip with her class to observe the hovership launch. Instead of a successful flight, she watches the Bright Star fall out of the sky.

The Central government confirms her father's death, leaving Sadira to pick up the pieces of her former life. While she struggles with her loss, Private Baruj Haddad tries to convince her that her father and the rest of the Bright Star crew are still alive. At first, Sadira doesn't believe there's any hope. But then she stumbles across a message that makes her think maybe, just maybe, her father is still alive. As she digs deeper into the Bright Star's crash, Sadira uncovers secrets about her father's work, secrets that put her and everyone she loves in danger.

Young Adult, Dystopia, Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Romance

Rating: 3 out of 5

Bright Star Review:

I had an opportunity to read "Bright Star" through Goodreads - Read 2 Review Program. I received a free e-book from the author in exchange for an honest review. I have not been compensated in any other manner for this review.

The story of the 'Bright Star' is one of an adolescent girl whose world is literally and figuratively explodes around her. Sadira begins her fifteenth birthday full of excitement and anticipation of the possibilities at hand. She is full of youthful, carefree wishes and daydreams with the excitement of her birthday. She shares a piece of cake and laughing with her best friend and explores her feelings for another. Then her class attends the launch of a new airship, the CAS Bright Star, the ship her father had designed. She soon discovers her father will be monitoring the progress of the airship as a passenger. Moments after lift off something goes terribly wrong. Sadira finds herself entirely alone trying to understand what had happened. A young soldier of the Colony, Baruj, finds Sadira and shares his belief -- the two pilots and Mr. Pascal are alive and the government is lying to cover it up. Sadira and Baruj find themselves fleeing the Colony in a race for their lives, uncover truths and search for the CAS Bright Star.

Bright Star' is a good inspirational read by Nickie Anderson. Anderson does a terrific job illustrating the struggles of a naive young girl thrust into circumstances that push her to become a young woman. As the story begins, Sadira is a girl making wishes and daydreaming. Anderson beautifully portrays the difficulties a young girl must face when overcoming loss, her fears pushing herself while clinging to hope and her beliefs as she struggles to uncover the truth about her father's disappearance. Anderson's story. She depicts the harsh and brutal lessons of life as well as some of the most beautiful. This book is an emotional roller coaster of loss, faith, friendship, deception, cruelty, hope, and love.

I am giving 'Bright Star' 3 out of 5 stars. Basically, I enjoyed the read. However, I found there were aspects of the story where I could not maintain attention. Several scenes had an added, almost unnecessary, importance to them. Thereby slowing the momentum of the story with trivial scenes and zipping past significant ones.
(reviewed 57 days after purchase)
Danielle Silva reviewed on Jan. 2, 2013

I enjoyed reading Bright Star and really liked the story of the
book. If you like dystopian fantasy you will definitely like this book! I was pulled into the story and before I knew it, it was at the end of the book. I am looking forward to reading the
next installment to see what happens next. Bright Star hows,
that even if you are one person, no matter your age, no matter who you are, there are things you can do to help change the world just by tackling one passionate issue at a time. There are a few spelling and grammar issues that need to be addressed but they were not often enough to cause a problem, I was able to read through them. The characters could be expanded a little more in some areas - either by more background or by making them more relatable.

DISCLAIMER: This book was gifted to me by the author
(through the Goodreads) website in exchange for an honest
review. The opinions expressed here are my own, and no
money or other compensation was provided for this review.
(reviewed 24 days after purchase)
Siva Kumar S A reviewed on Dec. 6, 2012

Bright star” is story of Sadira a fifteen year old girl on a quest to find her father. The story begings on Sadira’s 15th birthday when there is a strange accident on the ship her father is demonstrating. Though everyone say that her father is dead she finds clues that he might be alive. As she tries to get more information her father she runs into trouble with the government and stumbles into secrets kept hidden.
Though the story is told by Sadira in first person she doesn’t explicitly describe the world to the reader we understand the world only as the story progresses and there is so much sadira herself doesn’t know that the world keeps evolving throughout the book.
The book is interesting, engaging and at places heart touching. The Sadira feels real and holds the book together.
(reviewed 7 days after purchase)
Kari Wall reviewed on Dec. 4, 2012

**5 Stars**
I received a copy of this book for an honest review.

MY OVERVIEW: This book has gotten my elusive 5 star rating! What an exciting read. At first, as with most dystopians, you are thinking that the society is actually pretty nice. But then what dystopian society is actually utopian? None.

PROS: I really liked Dr. Dewitt. All I could picture was Doc Brown from Back to the Future. :) I enjoyed that this was not a book that you could tell what was going to happen next. It really had you guessing, and it wasn’t one of those books where everything went right all the time.

CONS: I really didn’t have too many complaints. I think the one I do have is Papa. He was really annoying and not at all what I expected at the end of the book. I just wish he was a little different.

MY FINAL THOUGHTS: I really didn’t want this book to end. I hope that there is going to be another one, and soon! I highly recommend this book, especially for dystopian fans.
(reviewed 15 days after purchase)
Toni Hemion reviewed on Dec. 2, 2012

Loved it from the first page to the last!! Nickie Anderson gave an amazing brave herione!! and a world that was just as great! In this dystopian world it was fast past and exciting. Nickie Anderson did an amazing job describing everything from gadgets and ships.

All in all a great fast paced book! with a stunning ending.. Would recomment this book to anyone that loves Dystopian books!!
(reviewed 5 days after purchase)

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