Navigating the Stars
Terra Cotta Warriors have been discovered on other planets in the Milky Way Galaxy. And Lyra Daniels' parents are the archaeological Experts (yes with a capital E) on the Warriors and have dragged her to the various planets to study them despite the time dilation causing havoc with her social life.
I've read two other series by this author (Healer and Study), so when I saw she had started a new series I of course gave it a try. This time she went the route of going more YA and also switched to sci-fi instead of her usual fantasy.
While I still overall enjoyed the plot/characters, I'm not sure the world building was quite as effective. The only thing that really stood out as being solidly not of this world is the concept of 'time dilation' she presents. The space crafts utilize a m ...more
Love the cover! It's one of the best from all Snyder's works.
I loved this book wayyyy more than I expected to and wow, it was such a fun and action-packed journey! Sci-fi books are hard to write and boy did this hit most the right notes for me.
Let’s get some categories up:
World Building & Plot
There’s a lot in this category; sorry not sorry.
I love a good sci-fi read and as a bit of science nerd who knows like 2% about science and space, it was fun learning some stuff while reading this book. One of the ...more
As my first Maria V. Snyder book, I was quite disappointed, especially since the blurb promised an exploration of Terracotta warriors in space (which reminded me of Unearthed)!
The sci-fi elements flew over my head, particularly when it came to the space time differing from Earth time and people being too old when you came back to them after being in space. The thing that really interested me about the book was the excavation of the Terracotta wa ...more
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Navigating the Stars has such a cool premise: China’s infamous terracotta warriors are discovered throughout space, and it’s a mystery as to who created them. Throw in some cool hacking, space travel, and time dilation science, and it sounds like a recipe for a great story!
But overall it’s terribly executed. The writing is juvenile and I wasn’t surprised to see in the acknowledgements that it was beta-read by Lynette Noni, becaus ...more
Why surprising? Well, I struggled at the start. My biggest hurdle? Physics. I'm more of a biology nerd and never quite reached the same level of "ahh, I get it" with physics. My brain couldn't fully immerse itself in the story while part of it was still trying to understand how time worked. The first third of the book was a lot of setting up the world and trying to explain time dilation and what it meant for relationships with other people. And to be honest, I s ...more
Lyra is the daughter of archeologists who specialize in the baffling appearance of Terra Cotta warriors nearly identical to those in Xian, China on Earth on numerous alien worlds around the galaxy. The story ...more
We all know and love Maria for her amazing fantasy reads but this time, she's returning to the Sci-Fi realm! And yes I ...more
Although I prefer to read fantasy these days, sci-fi was actually my first love (please don't tell my fantasy books). I've read and loved almost all of Snyder's books, including her original sci-fi Inside Out, so I was pretty keen to dive into this one, especially since it was starting with a younger, mouthier heroine than I'm used to with Snyder. And Lyra's voice is incredible! So different to anything Snyder's written before - Lyra actu ...more
Navigating the Stars started off, in my opinion, a little weak. For starters, it's VERY young, and the MC is very much an angsty teen. While this is clearly what Snyder was going for, it just didn't quite do it for me. However, once we were aboard the star ship everything finally started coming together. It never really felt like anything special, but it sure got intriguing, and was a super enjoyable read. So, here go my loves and hates!
- Love, love, LOVED the time dilatio ...more
The story was great, the characters were great. Everything was great. Loved it, want more!! Want more now.
I'll admit that when I first started reading this book, I was not sure I would enjoy it. The language and terminology used to describe the world put me off at first, but soo ...more
I've been a fan of this author since I read POISON STUDY years ago and was excited to see a new release from her. This story did not disappoint. I found the characters interesting. They have their st ...more
I liked the characters and the whole universe travelling and aging thing really blew my mind.
I definitely want to read the next book in this series.
Navigating the Stars is told from Lyra's perspective in a first-person narrative. Lyra's character was fun to follow, and I loved how involved her parents were in the story. Lyra is also an expert hacker, this does get ...more
Not gonna lie, I screamed a little when my ARC of Navigating the Stars arrived in the mail. Maria V. Snyder is one of my all time favourite authors, and my collection of her work is vast to say the least. So when I had her latest book in my hands I was ecstatic. I thoroughly enjoyed Snyder’s previous sci-fi series Insider, so I was very keen to read the first book in her new sci-fi series, Sentinels of the Galaxy. I’m sad ...more
Wow you guys! I'm so excited about this new book by Maria V. Snyder. Maria was inspired by the terracotta warriors and so she wrote about them (of course!) but in Space 😎 She's hands down my must-read-everything-author and I had a chance to read an earlier manuscript of this book; I LOVED it 💓 Can't wait for the sequel and this book isn't even release yet til 19 Nov 😲😖 Thank you, Maria & @harlequinaus for this physical ARC 😍😘
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I very much enjoyed the author's first fantasy series (the Poison books), largely because of the viewpoint character, a determined, capable young woman who had to overcome considerable challenges and did so with bravery and determination. I enjoyed the Glass books less, largely also because of the viewpoint character; I remember her as whiny. Here, we're back to a snarky, imperfect, but ultimately admirable young woman with a delightful voice.
Lyra has a bit of a probl ...more
I always find M.V Snyder’s books very interesting and engaging with new aspects of the universes she’s created revealed every chapter.
Possibly the thing I loved most about this book was the shattering relatability of what Lyra and all the space kids went through ...more
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I should probably tell you I've been a huge fan of the author since I've read and LOVED The Healer trilogy. So when the news came out about her new sci-fi series? Saying I was ecstatic is an understatement.
Navigating the Stars is a perfect blend of action, mystery, romance and humor. I admit the beginning was a tad confusing for me. Terracotta Warriors say what now? I had no idea what the heck they ...more