Title: Our Dark Stars
Author: Audrey Grey & Krystal Wade
Release Date: March 6th, 2018
My Rating:3.5/5 Stars!
Our Dark Stars is like Westworld in space. Humans are now scattered around the galaxies and have created artificial life called Mocks. The Mocks are androids programed to be stronger, faster and smarter than humans but with loyalty and love needed to serve their human masters. Mocks are nannies, escorts, workers, cooks, and companions but some of them start to corrupt with a virus that leads them to disobey their masters and even kill them to escape. Talia is a Princess and after she betrays her best friend and companion mock, the mock rebellion attack her family forcing her to escape. She wakes up a hundred years later when the roles are reversed and mocks are in control, on the ship of Will Perrault and his mock crew.
While she sleeps, the whole universe changes.
Princess Talia Starchaser has it all. Wealth. Status. Adoring citizens. But on the eve of her eighteenth birthday, she’s forced to publicly betray her best friend, a companion mock she’s had since birth, setting events into motion that lead to the destruction of the humans, and the princess floating through space, a remnant of a time when humans ruled over droids.
One hundred years later, half-mock captain Will Perrault and his ragtag crew discover a device floating in space. When a very human Talia emerges from its depths, Will suspects she’s the key to buying his way back into the regiment he once commanded against the last remaining rebel humans—and the ruling mock queen’s good graces.
Both Talia and Will would rather get space-tossed than trust one another, but with the queen’s forces chasing them across the galaxy and the fate of both worlds hanging in the balance, they’ll forge the unlikeliest of alliances to survive.
Like it? Love it? Hate it?
I really liked it! The story was action packed, Despite being a sheltered princess, I liked Talia. She was quick on her feet and dedicated to saving herself. She wasn’t content to sit around waiting for things to work out, she was smart and took action to ensure her own freedom. I enjoyed the other characters and what they brought to the book. I wish I had liked Will a little bit more but his narrative did bring something to the book. The parallels of the slavery I thought were interesting, it did seem like the Mock’s enslavement of Humans was portrayed harsher despite them seeing humans as the savages. I thought they did very well not making romance a focus. There was a little bit but it was more a look at humanity rather than love I would say. It was barely there. I found it very interesting and I wish I could have learned a bit more about what the new society was like and what Mock life was like which leads me to..
This shouldn’t be a one off! As far as I know., this isn’t a sequel. There wasn’t enough closure before the bad guy died. There was more of this world to see and I could have seen a sequel for this book as it doesn’t exactly end with all the problems solved, Just the immediate ones.
It was a really good book! It’s a shame it is only a spin-off. Very interesting look at where AI can go wrong should we ever get to that point. Keep an eye on your Alexa!
Should you read it?
Yes! Look for Our Dark Stars when it comes out on March 6th, 2018
What do you think about the future of AI? Let me know in the comments down below!
Thanks for reading!
I received this book for the purpose of review from Netgalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own.