More Than Stardust (Wanted and Wired #3) by Vivien Jackson
Read: 13th – 16th July 2019
Publication Date: 9th July 2019
Quote from More Than Stardust
“He [Garrett] was here on the space plane along with the concentration of nanites that she considered her central consciousness. In other words, he was with her. Near her? Beside her? Ugh, prepositions. Even so he wasn’t like her; he was a real human, not even augmented much, though sometimes he did seem made of unnatural patience. He listened when she talked, answered questions when she asked them, understood her freaky kind of humor, and never, ever made her feel inferior just because she wasn’t real. Garrett was her best friend.
Plus, the fact that he was whoa pretty didn’t hurt.
My Overall Rating: 4/5
Plot: 4/5 – Flow: 5/5 – Character Development: 4/5 – World Building: 4/5
More Than Stardust is the third novel (approx 266 pages) in Vivien Jackson’s science fiction fantasy series Wanted and Wired but can be read as a standalone story. The book is set in various places on Earth but it’s Earth of the future, the year 2059 to be precise.
If you’ve read any of my reviews before, you’ll know that I write about how the story was told rather than the plot itself, which means that my reviews don’t contain spoilers of any kind or reveal any plot twists, so here’s what the official blurb has to say about the story:
She never wanted to be a god. She only wanted to be a girl.
Chloe, a self-aware, highly illegal nanorobotic artificial intelligence knows a thing or two about wanting.
The growing Machine Rebellion wants her to become its god.
The technocratic global Consortium wants to cage her, take her apart, and reverse-engineer her.
Her family wants to keep her a secret.
Her best friend Garrett wants her safe.
Chloe is a thing made of wants.
And it’s time the world knew hers.
So, before we get into what I thought about this book, I want you to know that I was given an unedited digital version of this book for free from the author (Vivien Jackson) in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my review; these are my words, I’m giving you my honest opinion here.
Vivien Jackson is a new-to-me author and I must admit to being a bit apprehensive accepting this eBook as I have not read the previous books in her series and science fiction isn’t my usual genre but I really enjoyed this story. I thought her writing style was intelligent, the futuristic world she created was believable and yet fantastical at the same time, the plot was well constructed and thought out and developed at the right speed and her characters were complex and multifaceted.
I thought that the first chapter was really good, it grabbed me right from the first page and I was keen to keep reading. It took me a while to get to grips with the future technology, terminology and language in this sci-fi world and the myriad of characters but I loved learning more about it all; the heroes and the insane tyrants.
I was intrigued by our heroine, Chloe, from the very first chapter and fell in love with her fairly quickly. I connect to a story more when the lead female character is intelligent, resilient, self-reliant and has plenty of gumption and I wasn’t disappointed here. Although Chloe is not human, she exhibited all of these traits and more. But it’s not just the heroine who has to win me over in a romance; the hero has to as well. Garrett is not my usual type of alpha hunk but he spoke to me and found his own place in my heart.
I became emotionally connected to Chloe and Garrett and although, at times I was unsure of the bigger picture I was invested in their story; I was never quite sure how, or even if, they’d get their “girl loves boy – boy loves girl – they live happily ever after” ending.
More Than Stardust isn’t just a romance, it’s an action packed story with a fair bit of tension and mystery too. I loved that it kept me on the edge of my seat, had me shouting at my Kindle in indignation, smiling and chuckling out loud at the humour and shedding a tear or two with emotion.
As you can tell by my 4 star rating, I really enjoyed this book, so why 4 stars and not 5?
As I mentioned above, I was a bit apprehensive accepting this eBook from Ms Jackson as I have not read the previous books in this series and science fiction isn’t my usual genre. I did feel a wee bit out of the loop and lost at times; not quite fully comprehending some of the references, relationships or reveals due to the fact that I hadn’t read the previous books. Having said that, my lack of first-hand knowledge did not stop me from being immersed in this story and Ms Jackson did a wonderful job at bringing the reader up to speed by weaving relevant information into this story without detrimentally effecting the pace.
I really enjoyed More Than Stardust and couldn’t stop reading. It’s got everything that I look for in a good story; action, romance, humour and a gripping story-line. More Than Stardust has definitely piqued my interest to go back and read the previous books Wanted and Wired and Perfect Gravity to get to know the other character a bit more and find out how this story fits in with the time-line for the series as a whole.
Our heroine is not human, some of her reactions and assumptions may feel jarring to some, there are also sexual references and some traumatic things alluded to in this book, i.e. violence and sexual abuse, therefore, I would recommend this book to adults who not offended by content of this nature and are fans of relationship and romance tales viewed from a slightly different perspective.
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