Alien foes, forbidden romance, and uneasy alliances await in the sequel to Starglass, which #1 New York Times bestselling author Veronica Roth called “a richly imagined, beautifully written book.”
The Asherah has finally reached Zehava, the long-promised planet. There, Terra finds harsh conditions and a familiar foe—Aleksandra Wolff, leader of her ship’s rebel forces. As Terra and Aleksandra lock horns about how best to reach the alien city, they encounter violent beasts—and dangerous hunters. It’s only when they’re taken to the city as prisoners that Terra finally discovers Vadix, the boy who has haunted her dreams. But Vadix has a dark past of his own, and Aleksandra is intent on using violence to lead their tiny band to freedom. When the rebel leader gets humanity expelled from the planet, it’s up to Terra, with Vadix by her side, to unite her people—and to forge an alliance with the alien hosts, who want nothing more than to see humanity gone forever.
“Starbreak successfully combines sensuous, forbidden romance with hard science fiction elements like first contact, strange planets, and politics” (VOYA).
In North's debut, Starglass, 16-year-old Terra was deeply unhappy under the repressive government of the generation starship Asherah and longed to reach the approaching planet Zehava, the colonists' long-sought new homeland. There she hoped to be united with Vadix, the beautiful alien boy with whom she'd been in telepathic communication (and love) for months. Now that she and some of the other crew members have descended to the planet, everything is going wrong. The monstrous Aleksandra Wolff is also on the planet and wants Terra dead. Worse, the indigenous inhabitants of Zehava are far more alien than Terra expected; although attractive and roughly humanoid, they're actually sentient plants, some of whom see animals (including humans) primarily as food and are skeptical about the possibility of coexistence. Even Vadix, with his "translucent skin and endless black eyes," now seems potentially hostile. In this successful sequel, Terra as thorny, impulsive, and strong-willed as ever remains a magnetic protagonist, and Vadix's civilization is nearly as fascinating as the culturally Jewish society of the Asherah. Ages 12 up.