Power Struggle Over Free Will

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Beyond The HIdden Sky cover

Fourteen-year-old Creena Brightstar questions everything, especially The Laws. She has racked up an impressive number of noncompliance reports (NCRs) on her naterra, much to the chagrin of her seventeen-year-old brother, Dirck. When her father is unexpectedly transferred to another planet her stubborn curious streak puts her into dangers she never dreamed of before.

Fox’s first novel in the Star Trails Tetralogy, Beyond the Hidden Sky, is set in the middle of a power struggle for complete universal dominance. Creena is a pawn in a despot’s game of chess. She stays true to her fourteen-year-old mentality while exhibiting personal growth spurred on by her high intelligence. Without her knowledge, a sequence of events is unfolding that have placed her entire family in grave danger.

The story is fresh and holds the reader’s attention well. The the Sapphirans, blue pygmies from some alien world, add comic relief to an otherwise dire situation. There are typographical errors that I found annoying as they were distracting.

4 out of 5 stars.

I received this book for free from the author for review consideration. This in no way affected my opinion of the book, or the content of my review.

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