Title / The Girl and the Stars
Author / Mark Lawrence
Series / Book of Ice (book 1)
Published / 2020
Page no. / 384
Overall Rating / ★★★
The Girl and the Stars is the first book in the Book of Ice series by American-British author, Mark Lawrence. It is set in the same world as the Book of Ancestor trilogy, but you don’t have to read that trilogy before starting this series.
This book starts really strongly; introducing us to a fierce icy world where broken children are thrown into a pit, known as the Pit of the Missing. Lawrence excels at making this icy setting vivid for the reader and I loved learning about the history and culture of the ice tribes.
The plot was mostly compelling, but I did feel that it started to lose it’s way a bit in the second half. I just found that I started to lose some interest in what was happening.
The main issue I had was with the characters. They all just fell a little flat for me. All of the characters seemed underdeveloped to me and Yaz was a cut-out YA heroine who doesn’t realize she’s ‘special’. This probably also contributed to me losing interest because I just didn’t really care about the characters.
This book has a distinct YA fantasy feel to it, which is a little different to what I was expecting, since Lawrence has written mostly adult fantasy in the past.
Overall this was a good first instalment to this new series, but I didn’t love it as much as I wanted to. Right now I’m unsure whether or not I’ll continue the series, although I think it’s more likely that I won’t. Have you guys read this book? I’d love to know what you thought. I hope you are all having a wonderful day and I will see you next time.