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Empress of a Thousand Skies by [Belleza, Rhoda]
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“This is a multiplanet, multiculture, multitech world and a timely tale. An exceptionally satisfying series opener.” Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review

"Fans of calculating political maneuvering and expansive, interplanetary plots will find much to enjoy in Belleza’s Firefly-esque debut." Publishers Weekly  

“Belleza creates a thrilling world filled with deception, war, friendship, and love… a good next read for YA fans of Marissa Meyer’s “The Lunar Chronicles” series.” School Library Journal 

“Fans of Marissa Meyer’s Lunar Chronicles and especially readers of Lewis’ Stitching Snow will find much to like in this thrilling yet thoughtful intergalactic ride.” —BCCB 

“Belleza’s ambitious debut lays the groundwork for what is sure to be a rich sci-fi series full of political plots and worlds on the brink of war, futuristic biotechnologies reminiscent of M. T. Anderson’s Feed (2002), and startling plot twists.”Booklist   

“Empress of a Thousand Skies will compel fans of series such as Marissa Meyer’s The Lunar Chronicle; Victoria Aveyard’s The Red Queen; Beth Revis’s Across the Universe; and George Lucas’s Star Wars. Belleza’s exciting novel debut will make readers desperate for the next book to complete this duology.”VOYA

“Belleza's debut is dazzling--an adventure as sweeping in scope as the galaxies it spans!”
Kiersten White, New York Times bestselling author of And I Darken

“An epic space opera with all the elements of an addictive read--danger, deception, unlikely allies, and the fate of worlds hanging in the balance. A stunning debut.”
Kami Garcia, #1 New York Times bestselling coauthor of Beautiful Creatures & author of The Lovely Reckless

“This book glitters like stars. With a heart-pounding plot, twisty secrets, and characters you can't help but root for, Empress of a Thousand Skies had me turning pages well into the night!”
Beth Revis, New York Times bestselling author of the Across the Universe series

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For fans of Pierce Brown and Firefly comes an epic sci-fi fantasy that Kiersten White, author of And I Darken, calls "dazzling--an adventure as sweeping in scope as the galaxies it spans!”

Empress
Rhee, also known as Crown Princess Rhiannon Ta’an, is the sole surviving heir to a powerful dynasty. She’ll stop at nothing to avenge her family and claim her throne.
 
Fugitive
Aly has risen above his war refugee origins to find fame as the dashing star of a DroneVision show. But when he’s falsely accused of killing Rhee, he's forced to prove his innocence to save his reputation – and his life.
 
Madman
With planets on the brink of war, Rhee and Aly must confront a ruthless evil that threatens the fate of the entire galaxy.

Rhoda Belleza crafts a powerful saga of vengeance, warfare, and the true meaning of legacy in this exhilarating debut, perfect for readers of Marissa Meyer's Lunar Chronicles and Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman's Illuminae Files.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1868 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1101999101
  • Publisher: Razorbill (Feb. 7 2017)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group USA
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01FRSZAEU
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #102,124 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Such an amazing debut novel for Rhoda! I went into this novel with a certain set of expectations but was completely blown away. The summary doesn't do justice to this action packed, suspenseful young adult book. I have a new love for science fiction. I recommend this book to anyone that loves young adult novels, science fiction, and out of this world characters. Not to mention a plot that will have you on the edge of your seat. Enjoy!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Exciting and twisty, if a bit cliche. March 7 2017
By Morgan M. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This was awesome!!! It took a little while to get going but once it did, it was full of twists, turns, betrayal, and interesting galactic politics. The world building is pretty astounding; it's a lot to take in vocabulary wise but I could picture everything and it was all very diverse and interesting, from customs and religion to species and technology. I can definitely see the Lunar Chronicles parallels for a few reasons; it also reminded me of Stitching Snow a little, and a bit of Star Wars. It didn't hurt that I was definitely picturing John Boyega as Aly haha. I did find the synopsis a bit misleading but not exactly detrimental to the story and had some trouble keeping character names straight at first. There also isn't much romance but that's not a bad thing in this case. The story moves at breakneck speed and is very much about life or death survival. I'm glad the author didn't shoehorn in a relationship; the small amounts there are feel appropriate to the situation. That being said, I'm sad the sequel is so far away since this is a new release- I need to know what happens next!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Multi-Layered Debut March 12 2017
By Alicia @ A Kernel of Nonsense - Published on Amazon.com
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There are some books with loads of potential that never seem to find their footing and then there are the ones that you wholeheartedly believe in despite their shortcomings. For me, Rhoda Bellaza’s Empress of a Thousand Skies falls into the latter category. Little spoiler here to open this review, please skip the rest of the paragraph if you do not wish to see. I want to start off by saying that the synopsis is very misleading when it comes to how the two lead characters converge. Their individual arcs do not directly intersect, but their stories do. I want to put that out there because I spent a large majority of my time while reading, wondering when these characters would actually meet and was really disappointed to see that they never did. With that being said, I do need to read a sequel soon because I’d love to see these characters in the same room together.

There are so many layers to Bellaza’s universe and this is one of the main reasons why I enjoyed this debut so much. Interplanetary politics plays a large part. From Rhee’s home planet Kalu to Wraeta, a planet destroyed during the Great War and Aly’s birthplace, this world is populated by a variety of individuals who have all be impacted by this war. The peace treaty currently in place was Rhee’s father’s greatest accomplishment, but it has not erased the bad blood between the planets. The war itself created a population of refugees who continuously face discrimination. Technology plays a really interesting role in this world. Most people have what are called cubes installed that make it easy to access information as well as store important memories. Seeing how the characters relied so heavily on this form of technology and how disconcerting it was for them to power down reminded me of how often we rely on our phones for information and how eager we are to take a picture or video of an important event, not realizing that this can sometimes hinder the experience.

At the beginning of the story, Rhee is determined to avenge her family. I liked Rhee for the most part, but there were times when I was puzzled by her decision making. She’d been training for years, but when it came to her plan for revenge, she hadn’t thought much further than getting close enough to the person she believes is responsible in order to stab them in the heart. I mostly chalk up this lack of preparation to her youth and inexperience. She is the kind of character who is motivated more by emotion than reason. I believe Rhee had a lot more influence than she realized and wondered why she didn’t just come out of hiding, take the throne, and then enact her revenge. I loved Aly’s character, flaws and all. As a Wraetan refugee from a once-hostile planet, Aly carries around a lot of weight on his shoulders. He is judged more harshly and seen as untrustworthy by a lot of people. He struggles with living in a world that can be unfriendly and unfair, wanting to prove to everyone that he is worth more their prejudice views would dictate. Like Rhee, he has lost his entire family and is still searching for his place in the world.

Empress of a Thousand Skies has plenty of elements that are relevant to our current political climate, is multi-layered when it comes to its world-building, and introduces two very different and engaging characters that I’m dying to learn more about. It isn’t often that I say this, but I wish this novel had been longer, so I could get a chance to spend more time with both Rhee and Aly.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Solid 4 stars! :) March 13 2017
By m. - Published on Amazon.com
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The predictability in this book and the coincidences in the latter half almost killed me, but I still really liked this.

This story is told in alternating POVs between the 2 main characters, Rhee and Aly. They each have their own storyline and most of their chapters end in mini cliff-hangers - I know this style annoys some people but I personally love it. Makes me read faster somehow.

And since one of the POV characters is a GIRL, and the other is a BOY, and this is a YA book. . . naturally you are assuming there will be romance in here of some kind. There’s a lot of: Will these two cross paths?! Will they meet? Will they not meet? Wait who’s that guy!? Is HE the love interest? Or what, is it that dude? Or what about this chick? Who dat? Her? Wha?

You can ask me about the romance in this book if you want. (I won’t answer though.)

But I will tell you this: while the 2 main characters were alright, it was actually certain of the side characters that stole the show for me. They were the ones I really fell in love with. Good stuff!

The main characters - what can I say, they are flawed and make mistakes. I really liked that the author shows that stupidity has consequences. Hopefully certain people can stop being stupid soon.

While the revenge premise is what hooked me in the first place to buying the book, I was surprised that this was actually the thing that probably worked the least for me in the story. It was kinda wonky (I won't say more than that about it), but it was okay cuz all the other stuff that I liked made up for it.

Oh, and be warned - you will probably be kinda confused in the beginning. Like with all fantasy, sci-fi, whatever books, you gotta give yourself time to learn all the unfamiliar terms and places, etc. I was kinda confused at first. But then I reached a point where the word “Fontisian” was used and I knew exactly what it meant and gave myself a cookie. I don’t know exactly when it was, but I caught on after awhile to all the new words (and ate a lot of cookies). But I can see how people may give up before reaching that point for themselves.

(I think what helped for me was that all that crap was interspersed into a fast-paced story, so if I ever got frustrated with “K, now WTF does THAT word mean?!”, it would be okay cuz I’d get quickly distracted from that frustration with “Oooo knife fight!” lol)

I saw before going in that this had some pretty low ratings & reviews. All totally valid of course, so take my enjoyment of this with a grain of salt. I really liked it. You may not like it. You may really like it. *shrugs* All I know is that I will definitely be reading the next one.
5.0 out of 5 stars Timely Story! March 16 2017
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This book was not what I expected. Like most YA, I figured the two main characters would fall in love and save the galaxy together, hand in hand. I. WAS. SO. WRONG. So, if that is what you’re looking for, then this book is probably not for you. But if you’re looking for a fast paced fun read, insane world building, conspiracies, diverse characters, and a true scifi where romance doesn’t dominate the story, then please please PLEASE read this book!

The author basically gives us a metaphor for what’s happening in our country today. A leader who uses fear to manipulate others into racial profiling? An entire race of people who want to be seen as humans and not religious freaks? Innocent refugees trying to escape their past and prove they aren’t dangerous? Throw in two kick ass characters on a roller coaster ride through this new galaxy and you’ve got a super fun and engaging debut!
5.0 out of 5 stars Arya in Space March 17 2017
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
READ IT! READ IT! READ IT!
If you're skeptical about YA novels, give Empress of a Thousand Skies a chance! It almost instantly makes you forget that it's a YA novel. The characters are well developed and the different POV's and twists and turns come together nicely and keep you intrigued from beginning to end. I can't wait for book 2!