Everyone in the universe knows his name. Everyone in the universe fears him. But no one realizes that notorious outlaw Ia Cocha is a seventeen-year-old girl.
A criminal mastermind and unrivaled pilot, Ia has spent her life terrorizing the Olympus Commonwealth, the imperialist nation that destroyed her home. When the Commonwealth captures her and her true identity is exposed, they see Ia’s age and talent as an opportunity: by forcing her to serve them, they will prove that no one is beyond their control.
Soon, Ia is trapped at the Commonwealth’s military academy, desperately plotting her escape. But new acquaintances—including Brinn, a seemingly average student with a closely-held secret, and their charming Flight Master, Knives—cause Ia to question her own alliances. Can she find a way to escape the Commonwealth’s clutches before these bonds deepen?
In this exhilarating edge-of-your-seat sci-fi adventure—perfect for fans of The Lunar Chronicles—debut author Maura Milan introduces our world to a thrilling new heroine. (Goodreads)
I received Ignite the Stars by Maura Milan in exchange for an honest review. I'm giving it 5/5 stars.
There is so much to love about Ignite the Stars by Maura Milan. For starters, the three POV characters: Ia, Brinn, and Knives. I adored them all for different reasons. They were nuanced and complex, and easy to root for.
The world-building was excellent. I never felt like I was having information dumped on me, or like I needed to wade through a bunch of it to understand something. It was effortlessly laid out, but still very intricate.
As for the plot, it was fun and engaging and, with short chapters, a breeze to get through. The pacing was excellent and I never came across a point where I felt I could put the book down and never pick it back up. I was invested in the characters and the stakes.
My only issues were: things seemed to be too conveniently for Ia at times re: the technology she had available, and that I wish the characters could have had slightly deeper conversations/connections.
I’m so looking forward to the sequel.
Ignite the Stars by Maura Milan was published September 4, 2018.