Author: Stephen Cox
Title: Our Child of the Stars
Publisher: Jo Fletcher Books
O.W.L. Grade: Exceeds Expectations
I received a review copy of Our Child of the Stars from Jo Fletcher Books in exchange for an honest review. The thoughts and opinions in this passage are entirely my own.
A lost child, the family who try to protect him and the secret that refuses to stay hidden . . .
Molly and Gene Myers were happy, until tragedy blighted their hopes of children. During the years of darkness and despair, they each put their marriage in jeopardy, but now they are starting to rebuild their fragile bond.
This is the year of Woodstock and the moon landings; war is raging in Vietnam and the superpowers are threatening each other with annihilation.
Then the Meteor crashes into Amber Grove, devastating the small New England town – and changing their lives for ever. Molly, a nurse, caught up in the thick of the disaster, is given care of a desperately ill patient rescued from the wreckage: a sick boy with a remarkable appearance, an orphan who needs a mother.
And soon the whole world will be looking for him.
Cory’s arrival has changed everything. And the Myers will do anything to keep him safe.
A remarkable story of warmth, tenacity and generosity of spirit, set against the backdrop of a fast-changing, terrifying decade.
I’m on a blog tour for this one! Our Child of the Stars is due for release on January 24th by Jo Fletcher Books (Quercus Books).
First of all this book was not what I expected; the feeling I got from the first few pages was that this would be a very family orientated book, with more drama than actual action. I was wrong, and therefore pleasantly surprised. Don’t get me wrong I wouldn’t have been disappointed with the former – particularly given the author’s beautiful narrative – but I am a more action-loving girl at heart.
Initially this book was very much about the family, the history of Molly and Gene, how they met, their ups and downs etc. It particularly focuses on their disappointment of not having a child of their own, and this focus in particular made me really feel for the two of them. Though they weren’t my favourite characters to have encountered in a book they were certainly lifelike and their relationship felt very real. And each of them had their own flaws, though we primarily see these through the eyes of Molly who is the main voice for this book. We do however get the occasional snippet from either Gene’s or Cory’s point of view. I don’t think these were necessarily frequent though to have a huge impact on the story but they were nice to have.
This book explores some family issues much closer to home, and almost makes this story feel like it’s happening just down the road. It’s very easy to forget that it’s a Sci-Fi. This effect meant that I became well and truly engrossed in the adventure when the action started to really kick off. This admittedly was something that took a while to come around, whilst I appreciated the world and character building, I feel like some of that could’ve been shortened to make room for a bigger build up or more detailed action scene (or two, or three..) later on.
This is really the only criticism I had of the book too, the pacing for me was a little too slow after the first main event; those development scenes take up much of the book, and much of it centres around Molly and Gene, personally I want to know more about Cory’s day to day life as he is the phenomenon and focal point of the story.
So this book is going to get a good rating from me, I think a 4/5 is fair as it didn’t blow me away in terms of plot, and I would’ve liked more of a concentration on the climactic scenes towards the end of the book, but it was very well written and characters were very well developed. Cory in particular was a wonderful character to have and his story and adventure is a wonderful one to follow through the pages.
Overall this is a heart-warming read and a book that I believe will appeal to many people who are fans of Sci-Fi and family-oriented fiction in general. It makes a good book for those wanting to branch out to Sci-Fi too in my opinion.