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These Burning Stars

By Bethany Jacobs
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WINNER OF THE 2024 PHILIP K. DICK AWARD 

A dangerous cat-and-mouse quest for revenge. An empire that spans star systems, built on the bones of a genocide. A carefully hidden secret that could collapse worlds, hunted by three women with secrets of their own. This is an explosive space opera debut from one of the most powerful new voices in science fiction.


On a dusty backwater planet, occasional thief Jun Ironway has gotten her hands on the score of a lifetime: a secret that could raze the Kindom, the ruling power of the galaxy.

A star system away, preternaturally stoic Chono and brilliant hothead Esek— the two most brutal clerics of the Kindom—are tasked with hunting Jun down.

And tracking all three across the stars is a ghost from their shared past known only as Six. But what Six wants is anyone’s guess. It’s a game of manipulation and betrayal that could destroy them all. And they have no choice but to see it through.

★ “An intricate plot for revenge drives this far-future SF political thriller. An exciting start from a fresh talent.”―Kirkus (Starred Review)

★ "Readers who love smart thrillers and explosive science fiction won’t want to miss this book."―Booklist (Starred Review)

★ "A devilishly fun thrill ride ... These Burning Stars is plotted like a chess match, confident and surprising as Jacobs moves each piece thoughtfully across her board."―BookPage (Starred Review)

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Surprised Face with Open Mouth“Oh my god! Amazing!!! The ending was just too good! I need a sequel asap! The world building was a lot at the beginning but it was so worth it - the amount of effort the author has clearly put into this world (the multiple maps at the beginning!!!) is amazing. The plot felt very engaging and I loved the changes in the timeline and POVs. But the best part in this book is the characters and their relationships for sure! Some of the character relationships were so deep and toxic it was utterly fascinating to read. I adored Esek as a character, one of the best villains I have read in a long long time! Incredible!”
Diverse charactersMulti-layered charactersDescriptive writingTwistyUnpredictableImmersive settingDarkSexual assaultViolence
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Believable charactersDiverse charactersMulti-layered charactersEasy to readAddictiveFast-pacedTwistyUnpredictableDarkViolence
Thinking Face“These Burning Stars 4/5 This book surprised me. What at first seemed like a fairly generic space opera turned into a layer of twists and turns that, despite a few being fairly predictable, were still surprising. There’s always another secret… true in Mistborn, and true in this book. I can’t say I absolutely loved it- I thought two of the viewpoint characters were fascinating, and I loved the flashback chapters. But I couldn’t connect to one character very well and felt her chapters were a bit of a drag. Overall, the characters are strong, the plot is twisty, and the prose is pretty good. Unfortunately, some of the worldbuilding felt just a *little* lacking, for one example that really stuck out to me- the gender system only seeming to have she/he/they while still being very progressive. I also wish a little more time had been devoted to the religious side of the world building. But overall a solid book and I’ll be reading the sequels”
Believable charactersDiverse charactersEasy to readTwistyBigotry

About Bethany Jacobs

Bethany Jacobs is a former college instructor of writing and science fiction, who made the leap to education technology and now teaches tech heads how to write. She lives in Buffalo, New York with her wife and her dog and her books. These Burning Stars is her debut novel.

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