NAVIGATING THE STARS
MARIA V SNYDER
Characters & their development: 2
Personal enjoyment: 3
-the idea behind the plot
-almost every character
-the overdone cliches
Terra Cotta Warriors have been discovered on other planets in the Milky Way Galaxy. And Lyra Daniels’ parents are the archaeological Experts (yes with a capital E) on the Warriors and have dragged her to the various planets to study them despite the time dilation causing havoc with her social life.
When one of the many Warrior planets goes silent, and looters attack her research base, Lyra becomes involved in discovering why the Warriors were placed on these planets. And, more importantly, by who.
It’s finally official. I do not mesh well with Maria V Snyder and I think it would have to be a pretty interesting book, and I’d have to have an empty TBR to pick up another one of her books.
Navigating The Stars is the first book in a YA Sci-fi series. We follow our main character Lyra as she is forced to move to a different planet with her parents as they uncover more and more terracotta warriors, just like the ones resting in China. But why are they there? and why are looters stealing certain ones? Is something larger going on, or is it all a conspiracy?
So, let’s start off with the positives because contrary to popular belief, I do not actually enjoy being super negative about books. The idea behind this book is incredible. We see that there are hundreds of new worlds inside the milky way and that some are colonized for humans to live on, and others become research bases if they have Terracotta warriors on them. People jump through time to get around the milky way and often live on more than one planet in their lifetime. The premise is incredible, it sets the story out to be a great Sci-Fi mystery, the execution is just lacking.
Another thing I do admit to enjoying is how easy this was to read. Because it was that typical 2010 fantasy novel, it was just relaxing/mind-numbing enough that you could read it faster than most other novels. It did hold your attention well enough, and that is the one and only positive about Maria V Snyder’s writing.
But, now it’s time for the negatives. The characters were cardboard cutouts flying across time. Lyra, our MC, can hack, rebuild things, see ghost things, plan an infiltration, stay calm when shes literally being taken away by space pirate assholes, AND, is funny to boot. I don’t have anything against a good character who knows what they’re doing, but shes seventeen and a Mary Sue. It really did take away a lot of the enjoyment of the novel. Her love interest was a broody artist who was snarky but in love, and her parents couldn’t decide if they loved their daughter or their work more. Every character just frustrated me.
There was also the major plot hole of why are adults and security personnel letting a seventeen-year-old worm in and chase this very dangerous person/ teaching her about the star roads when she ? has a record ? Honestly, every negative falls back to bad characterization in this novel. If you can get past that, you might actually enjoy it.
ANYWAYS, I’ll end it here because otherwise I’ll find more stuff to rant about and no one wants that.
I would recommend this to people who want an easy/light read that they won’t remember in a weeks time.