A Conspiracy of Stars was so freakin’ dull, you guys. I went into it expecting action-packed science fiction, but instead what I got was what seemed like an encyclopaedia of alien species and biology. So much biology.
Now, I love science. I’m a nerd, and I love learning science-y stuff (that’s the professional term). But this… this was so boring. Instead of weaving the science stuff into the plot, the author info-dumped allllll of the information on these alien lifeforms. For pages and pages. There were whole sections with nothing happening but the main character waffling on about a certain alien species and how their digestive system worked. (The digestive system part isn’t a real example, but you catch my drift.)
I didn’t get a feel for the characters in this book because none of them were developed well enough. The main character had no personality, and I didn’t feel anything for her. Her friends all blurred into one as well. The only standout character was Octavia’s mother.
I do think the ending was intriguing enough to keep readers waiting for the sequel. I haven’t decided whether or not I want to read the follow up book when it comes out. I feel like the author’s writing might improve and develop with practise, and since things have switched up a bit, the sequel might contain less info-dumpy science bits. I’ll wait for reviews when the sequel is released before I make my decision.