Chasing the Stars by Malorie Blackman | 1 Minute Reviews

If I could explain to you my immediate reaction when I discovered that Malorie Blackman’s new book was gender swapped Othello in space, it would probably be a combination of these images.

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I lost some good crockery that day

Malorie Blackman is one of my favourite authors and I lost my mind.

Honestly this was a great treat! Vee (our Othello) and her brother Aidan are alone on their ship travelling back to earth, their whole crew dead due to a mysterious virus.

Meanwhile, Nathan and his friends escape life as a slave in a mining colony, only to be attacked by the vicious Mazon, and rescued by cunning Vee.

also excuse me have you seen this cover 

Onboard, the secrets the two groups harbour sew discontent, while Vee and Nathan fall deeply in love. Their swoony passionate romance reminds me of Sephy and Callum from Noughts and Crosses, a truly passionate teen romance against a backdrop of horror as tensions flare and people start to get bumped off.

If you know the plot of Othello, you know this doesn’t exactly go to plan. If you don’t, well you’re going to have a lot of fun. This is a real nail biter!

I really loved the confidence that Vee was imbued with; a young girl shown to be completely capable of captaining a ship and being truly badass.

I met Malorie Blackman recently after the publication of Chasing the Stars during an event in Piccadilly Waterstones where she revealed that this won’t be the last book in the Chasing the Stars universe, so cross your fingers we get an extended series like we did with Noughts and Crosses.


Come on, treat yourself. Get it here.

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Thank you so much to DoubleDayBooks and Penguin Random House for the review copy!!

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