Audio Book Review | From a Distant Star by Karen McQuestion

I received this book for free from The Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Audio Book Review | From a Distant Star by Karen McQuestionFrom a Distant Star by Karen McQuestion
Published by Brilliance Audio on May 19th, 2015
Genres: Romance, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Format: Audiobook
Source: The Publisher
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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.

*Slightly Spoilerish but not really

I think I speak for many when I was that I was a little star struck by this cover. Coupled with an intriguing synopsis had me immediately requesting this one on audio for review. Kate Rudd as the narrator was just an added bonus.

From a Distant Star had so much potential to really blow me away. Sadly, I was unable to take a liking to the main character at first, and with the convenience the characters had throughout were not only unlikely, but eye roll inducing.

If there is one thing I could say about Emma – it is that her sheer determination to get Lucas back and her love for him was admirable. What felt off to me, though, was that we don’t really get a good look into their relationship from the beginning. It’s all one-sided; from Emma’s POV. So, really, Emma came off like a love-sick teenage girl, dependent on Lucas to live. (Dramatic? Why yes.)

As things unfold, I did start to understand their relationship, but not on the level that I feel as I should have. I also want to mention how weird I thought it was that only two.. TWO people found Lucus’ behavior to be odd. Yet, the more I thought about it, the more it made sense. A little.

As I mentioned above, I thought the troubles that “Lucas” and Emma went through were resolved conveniently. It was like solution just randomly fell in their lap! It was also slow going in the beginning and the pieces to fall into place, too. I do however, love that we got Scout’s added POV.

Now, besides the Kate Rudd – more on her in a minute – I adored Scout, and the message behind the book. Scout has that child like personality that doesn’t understand much, but asks the right questions. He is innocent in a way and I loved seeing him learn from Emma and about Earth. He grows so much throughout the book and I did enjoy the friendship development between him and Emma.

The Narratoration

It’s no secret that Kate Rudd is one of my favorite narrators. She is the only narrator that I have come across that can pull off the voice of a teen in young adult and adult as well. Her ability to change her voice so distinctly between each character amazes me every time and she always brings the story to life.

Overall – From a Distant Star was just MEH for me. Still, I recommend it for anyone looking for a light science fiction in young adult.


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  • Have you read From a Distant Star? If so, what did you think?

0 thoughts on “Audio Book Review | From a Distant Star by Karen McQuestion

  1. Jessica@Lovin' Los Libros

    I agree with the meh factor on this one. But, like you- I did really enjoy Scout! I really like sci-fi, but I felt this one wrapped up a little TOO perfectly, you know? I’m all for a HEA, but… I don’t know. It just felt too squeaky clean, I guess. I’m with you though- that cover definitely drew me in! It’s gorgeous! It’s a shame the book itself didn’t live up to the fabulousness of that cover!

    1. tonyalee

      I liked Scout! I loved his character development and just how innocent he was, ya know?

      I thought everything wrapped up nicely too, which is a bummer.

  2. Nick @ Nick's Book Blog

    I love that cover too. So, I’m a little sad this wasn’t as good as you thought it would be. I’d like to get a closer look at their relationship too. I could see how she came across as a love sick teenager.
    I haven’t listened to anything by Kate Rudd yet, but I’ll have to check out other audiobooks by her!
    Great review, Tonya!

    1. tonyalee

      Thank you Nick!

      I do think that if there were flashbacks with Lucas, instead of her just telling us everything, it would have been better for me.

  3. Lindy@ A Bookish Escape

    Beautiful book cover! I get frustrated when things wrap up too conveniently and aren’t realistic or believable. I can see why this book was meh for you. It would bother me that Emma came across as love sick and her affections seemed one sided. Thanks for sharing your thoughts 🙂

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