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Understanding the Stars by [Culletto, Xela]
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  • Print Length: 220 pages
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Understanding the Stars is to science fiction what Twilight is to horror. What I mean by that is you take a genre, any genre, describe a normal female student protagonist who would have had an ordinary life (this one delivers pizzas), then introduce a fantasy boyfriend figure who is fully immersed in a reality hidden from our own. The next stage is obvious, as boy draws girl in, her awareness increases, they get chased a lot and he demonstrates his protective qualities, he’s hunky but sensitive, then admits his undying love and proves it by sacrificing his future, or life, for hers. It’s a dream, fantasy dating, but this might be the first time I’ve seen this transferrable outline in a sci-fi setting. Generally, you have to admit that it is a very successful angle, with a huge potential audience of teenagers who’d queue up to date a bf with alien tech. It’s fun, it’s fantasy and, uh, then the girl lands kicking on the vivisection table.

Don’t worry, there are a lot of last minute escapes, nothing horrific or off-putting within and only one human gets turned inside out. It’s hard to feel sorry for all of the aliens who get zapped by the CIA but it would be a mistake to presume the CIA are the heroes either, as humans and aliens are all fairly flawed and compromised in this story. Generally, there are three races and two kids are getting bounced around between them.

In fiction, you’ve got to have a scary plot element for the characters to run from (and ultimately defeat), otherwise you’d never see your heroes panting, ripping their clothes and showing their full potential. The test of fitness is all. However, there are obvious cultural influences in the history of reports of contact with aliens, particularly surrounding abduction.
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I wasn't quite sure where things were going with this book at the start - which begins at a fairly slow pace. Hold on to your hats, though, things speed up pretty quickly once the introductions are done!
Alex is a pizza delivery girl whose whole world is about to change. She finds herself sent on a pizza drop that will end up changing her life... and changing everything she knows. The delivery brings her to meet Ronan for the first time, who reveals to her that she has been being observed by an alien civilisation - and that another alien race is coming for the technology, with her life forfeit if they get hold of it.
Caught in the middle of these alien rivals, and with the CIA getting in on the act, Alex and the handsome Ronan fight to find a way to avoid the alien menace - while falling in love along the way.
I honestly wasn't sure I'd be keen on this book to begin with, but it really grew on me the more I read. There are some really poignant moments in here, especially involving Alex's family.
Alex seems to take the world-changing revelations a little too much in her stride - but that aside, this is a delightful YA novel, which with its mix of alien cultures and human romance reminded me of the likes of Stephanie Meyer's The Host.
I tip my hat to author Xela Culletto, for confounding my expectations.
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My rating for the book is 3.6
As I read the book, at times I had the feeling that the action is much faster than would be expected. The main character Alex in certain moments decline in problems without thinking and so has Alex created problems for which she knew that she alone cannot solve. I feel as if the writer at times forced the action, although perhaps a little more should develop her character to act a lot easier to act on its own untangling. With a bit of profiling, the two main characters Alex and Ronan could be a lot more to achieve. The main story is solid but in my opinion could be further expanded, strengthen the relationship between the two main characters, because there is enough space to do it, but that's just my opinion. The premise of the book itself is very good and I like that. Alex has the age of eighteen years, when not at school she works at a pizzeria and drives away pizzas if someone ordered to the house. With one orders she must go into a house that is otherwise outside the neighborhood where she works, and there she meets a beautiful young man Ronan. But what she does not know, he was not an ordinary young man, and soon her life goes by on way which she had not even dreamed of. Ronan is not from Earth, soon Alex's life will be in danger, and only he can help her. All in all, this is a solid sci-fi book and I recommend to fan of the sci-fi genre.
"I received a free copy from the author without an obligation to review."
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Alex is a normal young girl working hard at a local pizza shop, when the man of her dreams drops by. Unfortunately for her while he is tall, dark and handsome he is not a man, while he looks human he has just spent most of his life in the company of a race of highly sophisticated aliens. Now that their observation of earth has been completed and another, more vicious, alien race has taken an interest in the technology of the watchers, they have decided to flee.
Now for Alex this means nothing until she finds out that the man who peaked her interest has also been watching her for most of her life too. So, once she finds out that he’s not leaving with the others and instead has decided to stay on earth and protect her from the invaders and worse. She can’t help but be both attracted to her saviour and frightened at just what his presence means.
I enjoyed reading this book, it is well written and the characters are interesting and interact well together. The plot starts slow but quickly picks up as the action starts up, with several slower sections in between to catch your breath.
The book does not get bogged down with world building or the heavy use of too many “alien technologies” so is easy to follow and keep everything that happens straight in your head.
The only thing I personally would have liked to see was some more details around some of the action scenes. They started well, but concluded so quickly as you moved onto the next scene.
I recommend this book for people who like a nice drama and romance story wrapped in alien science fiction. A good afternoon read
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