Author: F.T. Lukens
Publisher: Duet (Interlude Press)
Cover Artist: unknown
Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 03/03/2016
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Genre: Gay, Gay Fiction, Science Fiction, Space Opera, Young Adult
Ren grew up listening to his mother tell stories about the Star Hosts – a mythical group of people possessed by the power of the stars. The stories were the most exciting part of Ren’s life, and he often dreamed about leaving his backwater planet and finding his place among the neighboring drifts. When Ren is captured by soldiers and taken from his home, he must remain inconspicuous while plotting his escape. It’s a challenge since the general of the Baron’s army is convinced Ren is something out of one of his mother’s stories.
He finds companionship in the occupant of the cell next to his, a drifter named Asher. A member of the Phoenix Corps, Asher is mysterious, charming, and exactly the person Ren needs to anchor him as his sudden technopathic ability threatens to consume him. Ren doesn’t mean to become attached, but after a daring escape, a trek across the planet, and an eventful ride on a merchant ship, Asher is the only thing that reminds Ren of home. Together, they must warn the drifts of the Baron’s plans, master Ren’s growing power, and try to save their friends while navigating the growing attraction between them.
I continued my science fiction kick with a YA novel I have been eyeing for quite some time. The Star Host by F.T. Lukens hooked me from the blurb. It still hasn’t let me go, and I finished reading it hours ago. I want more… like right, the heck now. I need more Asher and Ren in my life. You need more Asher and Ren in your lives.
Ren has a special ability that his family spent his whole life hiding from him. When those abilities start to manifest, it couldn’t come at a worse time. He unwittingly catches the eye of some very powerful and very power hungry men. Men who will stop at nothing to get what they want.
The Star Host deals with power struggles, power corruption, slavery, murder, friendship, tragedy, family, love, and so much more. There are underlying themes and lessons everywhere you turn, but they don’t hit you over the head. This story is not a didactic exposition. It subtly teaches you about the importance of love and friendship. It shows the effects fear of the unknown can have on society. It teaches you to be wary of the motivations of those in power.
Along the way, you get to meet two fantastic characters — Ren and Asher. Two characters who just want the other one to stay safe. Two characters that have a lot to learn about themselves as well as each other. Two characters surrounded by a pretty kick butt team. Two characters who have not finished telling us their story.
I sincerely hope Lukens has more in store for Ren, Asher, Rowan, Jakob, and crew. I will certainly read it if they write it.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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