Karen McQuestion – From A Distant Star

24036086From A Distant Star
Author: Karen McQuestion
Release Date: May 19, 2015

Seventeen-year-old Emma was the only one who hadn’t given up on her boyfriend, Lucas. Everyone else—his family, his friends, his doctors—was convinced that any moment could be his last. So when Lucas miraculously returns from the brink of death, Emma thinks her prayers have been answered.As the surprised town rejoices, Emma begins to question whether Lucas is the same boy she’s always known. When she finds an unidentifiable object on his family’s farm—and government agents come to claim it—she begins to suspect that nothing is what it seems. Emma’s out-of-this-world discovery may be the key to setting things right, but only if she and Lucas can evade the agents who are after what they have. With all her hopes and dreams on the line, Emma sets out to save the boy she loves. And with a little help from a distant star, she might just have a chance at making those dreams come true.

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thanks Netgalley and Amazon Publishing!

This book really surprised me on a lot of aspects, mostly storyline-wise. I didn’t want to like it at first, but the more I read, the more I understood what the author was getting at. It definitely isn’t one of those girl-and-guy-saving-each-other kind of story I was expecting. It’s actually much more than the romance.

Emma is HELLA DEVOTED to her boyfriend. The things she does for her boyfriend Lucas absolutely astounds me. Despite Lucas’ parent’s protests, she stays by his side throughout the night while he’s stuck in comatose and about to die from cancer. She prays exceedingly for him. She even tries to go to some witch-lady to get him healed. Not only is she a faithful and devoted girlfriend, but she is a strong character that lets her actions speak as much as words. 


So giving a more thorough rundown of the synopsis, an alien from planet whatever (it isn’t specified) crash lands and takes over Lucas’ body. Lucas’ soul is still dormant, but the alien has to first get back to its own planet before Lucas can come back. Emma, Eric (Lucas’ brother), and Scout (the alien’s name) work together to find a way to get that plan to hatch.

The science fiction parts of this story was pretty cool. When Scout describes his own planet it’s quite vague, but I wasn’t really here for the sci-fi aspects anyway. The whole side story with the government agents kind of complicated the book a little and I thought putting so much details into that small part of the story wasn’t really necessary.

But back to Emma: like I said before, she has a lot of admirable qualities. She also has qualities that aren’t so… shining. Ultra-possessiveness of her boyfriend, slut-shaming, and basically baring her teeth at any other female character her age in the book.

“But they couldn’t have him because I’d claimed him first. He was my nectar. My forever boy.”

“She snapped her gum and rested a hand on Lucas’s shoulder as she spoke to him. I didn’t know her name, but mentally I named her Bambi McSlutsky.”

If she’s a slut, then you’re the psycho girlfriend. Really, I tried to skip through these parts because after the first twelve times I was just done. Considering the only female character in this book is you (Emma), I think you have enough screen time. No need to ruin it with all this creeper behavior.

Anyway, the one thing I enjoyed the most out of this book was the friendship that developed between Scout and Emma. At first she’s angry at him for taking over her boyfriend, but she starts to empathize with him and teaches him to have fun and all that non-alien shizzam. They have a great platonic friendship throughout their journey. 

“We were two broken people trying to find comfort from the other. Neither of us had signed up for this madness, and yet, here we were together, trying to make the best of it.”

Don’t go into the book looking for some sweet romance. Honestly, Emma’s possessiveness is the only thing going for the romance in the book considering Lucas himself is hardly in it. Once I realized that, however, I enjoyed it more and focused on the companionship of Emma, Eric, Scout, and the relationships with Lucas’ parents.

The last comment I have is a complaint that when Scout was on Earth, he solved so many problems. Healing a girl from cancer? Done. Yeah, I get that he’s an alien, but it was a little annoying that some problems were just solved by him being there. I guess it’s leading up to a happy ending, but it was just too happy-go-lucky for me.

The friendship in this story really stood out to me. Emma definitely has some major flaws that aren’t really an issue in the story but I had an issue with nonetheless. Technically, the romance was hardly in the book. It takes two to make a relationship, right? Considering the second part of Emma wasn’t conscious for the majority of the book, I would say that there wasn’t much of a relationship going.

Don’t read this book for the story of Emma and Lucas (the couple), but read it for the friendship that develops between the strong (but possessive) main character and a companion that came from a distant star.

Quotes are from an ARC copy and are subject to change upon publication.


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