Polaris Awakening May 26

Polaris Awakening May 26

If you enjoy science fiction, especially YA science fiction, this anthology surely has something for you.  I don’t read many short story collections because I never order an appetizer when there is steak on the menu, but I’m glad I gave this one a shot. Space, aliens, rebellion, young love, revenge, giant desert space lizards – the variety is guaranteed to give you something you will adore.  As a matter of fact, there was only one story I didn’t like.  So, even if you just buy it for your coffee break reads or, you know, as bathroom literature, I don’t think you will be disappointed.

Goodreads Summary





There’s trouble brewing on Polaris. Under the watchful eye of the space station’s supercomputer, Zeus, the lower classes are awakening to the corruption of their wealthy, privileged, and protected leaders. When the quiet voices of protest get louder and alliances form, change dawns on the horizon. But the small acts of resistance won’t be enough to subvert the system for long. Zeus is alert to the growing threat level, and he will do whatever’s necessary—including purging the lower levels of Polaris—to preserve stability for all.

Inspired by the mythology of the constellations hung around Polaris, the seven stories in Polaris Awakening reimagine the classic characters in a futuristic world where alien creatures are commonplace, combat arenas are used for entertaining foreign dignitaries, slaves and soldiers stand side by side, and music orchestrates a revolution. And their first acts of defiance are just the beginning. Polaris will never be the same.


My Thoughts

This is a strong YA science fiction anthology. Each story is connected to the Polaris space station, a station whose systems are indicating a higher rebellion and threat level than before.  Causes are unknown, but readers will soon see how love, betrayal, greed, revenge, and the universal conflicts of growing up contribute to the unease.  I enjoyed all of the stories, but I also remembered why I don’t particularly like short story anthologies – I wanted all of them to continue!  While I initially felt baffled by the intro, I quickly picked up on the social and political systems behind the society in and around Polaris.  Some stories connect with only the overall structure, while others have crossover elements, but each one has a unique plot and a set of characters that readers will care about.  My favorite story was “Gemini” by Janna Jennings.  It involves a missing space princess, a seriously upgraded boxing match, and a regret that left me dying to finish what this story started.  

I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.


About queenbook

When the final bell rings, I stash those messy piles of essays and analysis assignments in a desk drawer and I head home to a pile of good books. My kids and dog eat too many chicken nuggets and the house could be neater, but as long as I get my daily read, I guess we are doing all right. When I was twelve and fifteen and eighteen and twenty, I believed I needed to get out there and do those things I had just been reading about, which ended in disaster, tears, a tattoo that scares me every time I catch a glimpse of it in the mirror, and the realization that some of us are meant for action, and some of us are meant to critique the pace of action in a book. I read primarily YA fiction as I have a rather hulking classroom library and a hundred high school readers to engage daily. Nothing makes me happier than coming to school and finding an impatient teenager waiting by my door to turn in a book and get another one just like it. I adore a good zombie, a medieval princess, or girl assassin (I would like them all in one book if you are a writer looking for some inspiration). I add historical mystery to my wish list a year in advance, and you should get out of my way when the next Outlander book comes out. I have an embarrassing fondness for rock star books, but only if they don’t get too trashy and embarrass me. My favorite book of all time is The Blue Castle by L.M. Montgomery. My book boyfriends include Gilbert Blythe, Alonzo Wilder, and Jamie Fraser. They are mine and you can’t have them.

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