Book review: Chasing the Stars by Malorie Blackman

download (1)Olivia and her twin brother Aidan are heading alone back to Earth
following the virus that wiped out the rest of their crew, and their family, in its entirety.

Nathan is part of a community heading in the opposite direction.
But on their journey, Nathan’s ship is attacked and most of the community killed.
Only a few survive.

Their lives unexpectedly collided, Nathan and Olivia are instantly attracted to each other, deeply, head-over-heels – like nothing they have ever experienced.

But not everyone is pleased. Surrounded by rumours, deception, even murder, is it possible to live out a happy ever after . . . ?


So, the first thing you need to know about this book is that it was inspired by Shakespeare’s Othello. I took a whole class on Shakespeare in university but somehow never read Othello so going into this book, I had no idea what to expect apart from the fact that it was set in space. Me and space books have never really got on well before but seeing as Chasing the Stars was by Malorie Blackman I was willing to give it a go.

Being set in space I thought this would be quite one dimensional and I couldn’t imagine that it would be exciting at all. Oh how wrong I was. To start with, Vee and her brother Aidan manage to rescue a load of people being attacked and end up with a whole host of colourful characters on their ship. The beginning of the book is really exciting and it had me hooked within a couple of pages. The there is so much drama from beginning to end. Strange ‘accidents’ keep happening on board the ship and no one is really sure what is going on and who is behind what is going on.

Something that I thought would bother me in this book was the romance. Vee and Nathan have this whole insta-love thing going for them and normally this is something I hate with a passion. Malorie Blackman made me not hate it at all. I think maybe I didn’t hate Vee and Nathan together because they both had so many questions about the other and they constantly questioned their feelings for one another. The ‘love’ wasn’t so solid and perfect from the off and that was a good thing for me.

Unfortunately, Chasing the Stars has a really disappointing ending. I felt like there was too much left up in the air. I wanted a concrete ending for Vee and Nathan and I didn’t get this at all. Vee was exactly where I would have expected her to be at the end of the story but Nathan, not so much. I was not expecting the ending so while it was good that it was a bit of a shock, I was left wanting more.

Chasing the Stars was published by Doubleday Children’s on 21 April 2016. I received a copy in exchange for a review. 

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