Scavenge the Stars by Tara Sim
Releases: January 7, 2020
I absolutely loved this book! The story took some twists and turns that I didn't expect, and that made it so much better. AND I'm so excited that it's only the first book, because wow do I need more.
The story follows a young girl named Amaya who is determined to get her revenge on the people that sold her and ruined her life, and Cayo who happens to be the son of the very man who ruined her life. With plots unfolding all around, Amaya and Cayo must not only uncover the truth, but discover the truth about themselves as well.
With the opening chapters, I wasn't sure what to think about the book, but once the character's stories connected I devoured it! Amaya and Cayo's relationship was so interesting, their individual backgrounds creating such a great tapestry that I couldn't wait to see what happened next.
Silverfish--Amaya--was a really great, complex character. I love seeing characters grapple with morality as their lives change and the person they thought they are changes as well. Cayo is a great foil for her, and their alternating chapters really showcases that.
I really enjoyed Cayo's POV as well. He was dealing with so much as he struggled to discover who he's meant to be. His character struggled with addiction and overcoming it, not only for himself, but for those he loved. Sim does a great job of portraying this and making what should be an unlikable character, redeemable.
I enjoy a good villain, and I have to say I didn't see this one coming. It was so great seeing the plot twist unfold and seeing the effect it has on the characters, how they react.
I'm a big fan of dual POV, and I really liked how each chapter began with a snippet of a story or myth from the world Sim created. This really helped, not only to set up the chapter coming, but also made the world really come to life and become concrete to readers.
As much as I loved it, there were some things that needed some work and made me feel a little apart from the narrative. The ending felt quite rushed, and a lot of information was dumped on us in a short amount of time. It answered a lot of questions, but also introduced some more things that I think would have been just as good being introduced in the next book.
Overall, I really enjoyed this debut and can't wait for the next one!