Monday, November 28, 2022

AudioBook Review Spotlight: The Brighter the Stars by Bryan Prosek

This morning, I have a young adult science fiction novel and series to share!  Today, I have review of the first book in the series, The Brighter the Stars.  Later this week, I will be sharing my review of The Darker the Skies!  Check out the series, read my thoughts on the audiobook version The Brighter the Stars, learn about the author & enter for a chance to win a prize in the book tour giveaway at the end of this post.

​Book Title:  The Brighter the Stars by Bryan Prosek
Category:  YA Fiction (Ages 13-17),  256 pages
Genre: YA Science Fiction 
Publisher:  CamCat Books 
Release date:  November 2020
Formats Available for Review: audiobook (Book Funnel download), and ebook (EPUB, PDF, Book Funnel download)
Tour dates: Nov 14 to Dec 9, 2022
Content Rating: PG. It's very clean.

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About the Book

Caught between love and revenge, Jake has one chance to live up to the man his uncle was.

Earth crashed into interstellar politics as a lightweight, lagging so far behind other planetary weapons systems everyone feared they wouldn’t survive first contact with other worlds without quick action. By 2185, Earth had united itself into five geographic sectors and developed a defense system powerful enough to keep aggressors at bay—for now, at least.

Jake Saunders became a Legion soldier to honor the memory of his war hero uncle, who was brutally murdered in front of him when he was still a young teen. Fast forward a few years, and Jake and his best friend Cal have been tasked with escorting Cal’s older sister Diane to become Earth’s ambassador on a far-off planet. It’s the opportunity of Diane’s career, very likely a lifetime post. But for Jake, that could mean a lifetime’s heartbreak. He has loved Diane since they were kids, and every step closer to that ambassador assignment is a step closer to goodbye.

​But somebody is after more than Earth’s defense, and Jake, Cal, and Diane are on a trajectory to crash headlong into that dangerous plot. Somebody wants to play Earth against its most immediate threat, Craton, and convince both to develop super weapons—and he’s working with the person who killed Jake’s uncle all those years ago. When he reappears on Jake, Cal, and Diane’s journey to the ambassadorship, Jake is faced with difficult choices to look out for his friends and honor his uncle’s memory.
My Review

The Author Builds the Earth United Series World in this Book. I had the opportunity to review the audiobook version of this book--and had some difficulty "seeing" the world that the author was building at first.  I found myself listening a few times to the narration before settling into the characters and the story I was hearing.  I think I was making the world more complex than it was--once I settled into the youthful characters' stories and the scenes that I was listening to--I enjoyed the interactions and the science fiction storyline.   
The Brighter the Stars Brings Readers Action Packed Scenes.  While the book felt a little short, it gave some resolution to the storyline at hand and hinted toward the future.  It was well paced with interesting characters and enough side stories to keep me entertained through to the end and looking forward to Jake's future adventures and his love interest.   The book does hold  a lot of sci fi action and a little love interest--but, the author keeps it clean and appropriate for younger young adult readers.
Would I Recommend The Brighter the Stars by Bryan Prosek?  It took me a bit to settle into the narration--but, once the characters and the plot began to develop, I enjoyed listening to the story. If you are seeking a clean science fiction adventure for younger young adults, this is an entertaining start to the series.    

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Learn about the next book in the series...

​Book Title:  The Darker the Skies by Bryan Prosek
Category:  YA Fiction (Ages 13-17),  292 pages
Genre: YA Science Fiction 
Publisher:  CamCat Books 
Release date:  November 2022
Content Rating: PG. It's very clean.
About the Book

It only takes one to make a difference.

Just days before Jake Saunders plans on proposing to the love of his life, Jake is called upon once again to save his home, Earth. The Earthen Legion troops and its allies think they’re battling only pirates, but a new, more powerful foe from another galaxy flanks their forces and invades, in search of a weapon the planet didn’t even know it had.

​When Jake learns that this new enemy was responsible for the death of his father many years ago, he realizes he can finally face his true nemesis. The odds are stacked against Jake, but with the help of his friends and allies he’s made along the way, he must rally the remaining Legion troops and retake Earth before it’s too late. The fate of Earth and the fate of his love, rest in the balance.

Meet the Author

Bryan Prosek is a science fiction writer and business attorney. Along with his debut The Brighter the Stars and the forthcoming A Measure of Serenity, he has published books and articles in legal trade journals and magazines. When he isn’t writing or practicing law, you can probably find him watching science fiction movies or television shows. He loves the big screen and the small screen. There’s a good chance that he’ll be watching one of the numerous Star Trek movies or series, but he could be watching anything from Guardians of the Galaxy to The Conjuring.

connect with the author: website ~ twitter ~ facebook ~ instagram ~ goodreads

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The DARKER THE SKIES Book Tour Giveaway

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