Book Review: The Fallen Star

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The Fallen Star by Jessica Sorensen (The Fallen Star #1) – eBook, 415 pages – Published September 11th 2011 by Createspace

I remember starting this book aaages ago, but I never got round to finishing it. This time I managed to read it all the way through!

I think the main thing that drew me to this book at the time was the cover. It looked pretty, weird, edgy… I was a pre-teen who was obsessed with all these kinds of things.

The Fallen Star is written from Gemma’s point of view, the teenage protagonist of the novel. She’s not like other teenagers; she doesn’t remember her mother, she spent a majority of her life completely unable to feel, and her irises are violet. She has no idea what any of it means – and refuses to ask her grandparents, her guardians, as they appear to hate her – and tries to make sense of the horrific nightmares that begin to haunt her at night.

Then suddenly a couple of new kids turn up. Alex appears to hate Gemma – and causes a strange, electric feel in her – and his sister Aislin is trying to get them to get along. But then Gemma is sucked into a strange vision, and everything gets a whole lot more serious.

Gemma discoveries the truth about her entire life; her mother and how she disappeared, why she’s so different, and even what happened to her memories and emotions. But there’s nothing she can do about it, as it’s up to her to save the entire planet.

This is really just a typical YA novel – cheesy almost-romances, a “unique” protagonist who’s responsible for the safety of the human race… Yeah, there’s a lot of books like this. It does have some good ideas in it – the Foreseers, the Death Walkers – but it just seems too cheesy to me. Gemma is such an impressionable character, who overreacts to everything that is said or done. I mean, she is a pretty accurate teenager at most times, in the way she thinks and feels about Alex. But she also tries too hard some times. In fact, all the characters do. They don’t seem natural in the way they talk or act, everything just feels so forced.

As for the writing… It’s pretty amereurish if I’m honest. There are pieces of missing punctuation, incorrect spelling and grammar, and the same words and phrases repeated where Sorensen apparently couldn’t find anything better to use.

This is generally an easy read, though it is rather painful at times. The plot’s okay… The characters leave something to desire however, especially Gemma. I just didn’t connect with her or feel for her at all. So I’m afraid I’m only going to give this book 2.5 stars, and I’m not sure I’ll be buying the rest of the series any time soon!

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