Caitlin Sangster's Last Star Burning opens with moves in an intricate strategy game, and the entire novel follows that initial scene. Set in a gorgeous, Asian-themed post-apocalyptic world, Sangster presents the reader with a fully-formed society, as fully inhabited by lies and deception, as human beings. With propaganda, the illusion of the greater good, and the stigma of illness heavily coloring the dark themes of this book, young readers will be forced to examine not only Sevvy's actions and motivations, but also their own. A rich and timely tale that twists and turns so quickly, you might get whiplash.
– Aprilynne Pike, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author
"A richly imagined dystopia."
– BCCB, starred review on LAST STAR BURNING
Brimming with rich detail in an Asian-inflected alternative world that's lightly touched with Maoist terminology and concepts and helmed by achingly real characters, Sevvy's story is thrilling to get lost in. By the end, readers will be clamoring for more. Incredibly immersive and tightly plotted.
– Kirkus on LAST STAR BURNING
"Sangster does a masterful job of world-building, and takes the time to develop characters and a plot that twists in on itself multiple times . . . Give to fans of Leigh Bardugo’s 'Six of Crows' series and Sabaa Tahir’s 'Ember in the Ashes' trilogy."
– School Library Journal on LAST STAR BURNING
"A gripping tale of trust, class struggle, and betrayal."
– Booklist on LAST STAR BURNING
"Sangster’s vibrant debut is set in a world where class and status define its citizens; some genuinely surprising twists highlight Sev’s struggle to accept a reality vastly different from what she has known. Her candid voice propels the tense narrative to a conclusion that leaves no question where Sev’s convictions and loyalties lie and sets up the next chapter in her journey."
– Publisher's Weekly on LAST STAR BURNING
"Young adult lovers of dystopian dramas will enjoy this new twist on the 'old' standards."
– VOYA on LAST STAR BURNING
Detail-oriented Sangster is a master of creativity when it comes to setting and action, and the various characters’ ambivalence about trust and hope feels authentic. Moments of humor and warmth add dimension, and dedicated readers will appreciate many, many twists and turns. An author’s note indicates inspiration for parts of the book came from historical China. Try this sequel to Last Star Burning (2017) with fans of Julie Dao’s Rise of the Empress series or Livia Blackburne’s
– Booklist Online on SHATTER THE SUNS, Oct 26, 2018