Book Review: Wayward Stars by Mary Fan


Sing your truth. Defend your dream. Defy your stars.

A month has passed since Iris joined an underground rebel group to save Dámiul from the brutal prison he was sent to for fighting back against his world’s oppressive system. Here, conformity and compliance are enforced through telepathy, and Earthling performers are brainwashed into absolute obedience.

Word of a merciless crackdown on those who sympathize with their cause leaves both Iris and Dámiul yearning for action. Determined to liberate her kind, Iris volunteers to return to her former patrons and covertly recruit supporters.

A raid on their hideout catapults her plan into action sooner than expected and forces her to leave Dámiul behind. After persuading the authorities that she’d been telepathically manipulated into helping him, Iris assumes the role of a dutiful musician while secretly spreading whispers of a possible uprising among her fellow performers. But the authorities always seem to be one step ahead, and anyone who defies them is swiftly mind-wiped.

Soon, Iris is forced to confront a horrifying fact: there’s a traitor among them. Desperately clinging to her cover, she races to find out who before her true loyalties are discovered—and the search leads her to an unthinkable answer


*I received an advanced copy of this book  from the Author in exchange for an honest review*

This story is simply beautifully written. I was a little nervous because I absolutely loved Starswept and I know sometimes sequels don’t always turn out to be great but this one was just freaking fantastic!

The story picks up a month after Starswept ended, Iris and Dámiul are still on the run but they are determined to free the humans on Adryil. Iris makes the decision to go back to her sponsor and resume her position as musician all the while spreading the word about their cause. But treachery lies in every corner and Iris soon realizes that a traitor is among them whose identity is more shocking than she could have imagined.

I love Iris and Dámiul, they are so sweet together. Their relationship and what they feel for one another is written so uniquely its like reading poetry, it was simply breathtaking. It’s really like nothing I’ve read before, it just made me feel feelings it’s very hard to explain but I adore them.

The story is immersive, addictive and very unique, there is so much at stake and I was waiting for something bad to happen at every turn of the page – it kept me a state of suspense right to the end, there are just so many unexpected twists and turns. The descriptions of everything really made me feel like I was there. One scene that particularly comes to mind, is when Iris and Dámiul are on a space ship and they are passing the rings of Saturn – I could picture this so vividly it was almost like I was watching out the window with them.

I honestly couldn’t have asked for a sequel, it was everything I didn’t know I wanted and more. If you love Starswept this is a must read and if you haven’t but love sci-fi dystopia then go read Starswept and pre-order this one!

My Rating: 5/5 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟


About the Author 

6913103Mary Fan is a hopeless dreamer, whose mind insists on spinning tales of “what if.” As a music major in college, she told those stories through compositions. Now, she tells them through books—a habit she began as soon as she could pick up a pencil.

Mary lives in New Jersey and has a B.A. from Princeton University. When she’s not scheming to create new worlds, she enjoys kickboxing, opera singing, and blogging about everything having to do with books.

Wayward Stars is released on 26th February 2019!

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