24 Mar 2023

Science Fiction and Fantasy Fridays: THE GIRL AND THE STARS by Mark Lawrence

Science Fiction and Fantasy Fridays introduces readers who are unfamiliar with the Adult SF/F genre to books, authors, and discussions all about the vast expanse of the world of Adult SF/F!


Author: Mark Lawrence
Series: Book of Ice #1
Source: eARC via Publisher
Publisher: Ace
Publication Date: April 21, 2020

In the ice, east of the Black Rock, there is a hole into which broken children are thrown.

On Abeth the vastness of the ice holds no room for individuals. Survival together is barely possible. No one survives alone.

To resist the cold, to endure the months of night when even the air itself begins to freeze, requires a special breed. Variation is dangerous, difference is fatal. And Yaz is not the same.

Yaz is torn from the only life she’s ever known, away from her family, from the boy she thought she would spend her days with, and has to carve out a new path for herself in a world whose existence she never suspected. A world full of difference and mystery and danger.

Yaz learns that Abeth is older and stranger than she had ever imagined. She learns that her weaknesses are another kind of strength. And she learns to challenge the cruel arithmetic of survival that has always governed her people.

Only when it’s darkest you can see the stars.

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book and chose to review it. This in no way impacts my opinion.

Content WarningsAbleism, Gore, Death of Loved Ones

Set in the same world as the Book of the Ancestor trilogy (that starts with Red Sister and ends with Holy Sister), I was on board with this book from the first page.

I thought that there were a lot of good discussions around disability, ability, and the ways in which we work in the world around us and how we have to adapt. There was a lot of really great characters, a lot of intrigue, and my favourite type of magical systems. I am excited to see how this series relates and ties back to the Book of the Ancestor!

While this is separate and apart from that, I think you will enjoy this more if you've already been introduced to that world. I highly recommend this one!

Have you read this book? What was your favourite part?

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