Author: Leigh Talbert Moore
Series: Stand Alone
Published: December 31, 2014 (as a full length novel, was released earlier as a serial novel)
Source: ARC Copy Provided by the Author (in exchange for an honest review)
Genre: YA Sci-Fi Fantasy
My Rating: 3.5 Stars
Prentiss Puckett is certain of three things:
-Graduation is two weeks away.
-Summer only gets hotter in south Mississippi.
-She’s getting a job with air-conditioning.
She did not expect to be kidnapped walking to work.
And she never expected to become a hero.
I am always on the lookout for some new and fresh and Moore has managed to do just that in her new book Behind the Stars.
So very different from anything I have read by her yet or even in this genre by anyone.
It is described as Red Dawn meets Lost and I think that is very fitting because this was quite the read.
This doesn't necessarily have action in it so much as it just had a lot going on between the past and present that kept you turning the pages and constantly guessing. Flashes of Prentiss' life before the invasion and during and what it all means for her and those she cares for gave insight to her feelings about her life then and her life now.
Prentiss is a smart girl in a life where smarts and determination aren't always smiled on. Her small town is very backwards at times and the whole place has an almost sad feeling to it.
In fact, I would guess the kidnapping of her and several town's people, is the most exciting thing to happen to it ever.
This was a very interesting read. One filled with choices that not only changes Prentiss but makes her stronger too. Makes her really shine and see who she is and what she can become when she doesn't always have others to lean on for help and to fight her battles.
I liked this, it was much different from Moore's other reads but in a good, entirely original kind of way. I am a fan of Moore's and I have been from the beginning and reads like this, just show me all over again why I can keep turning to her work when I want something fun, entertaining, and original.
*All thoughts and opinions are my own and were not influenced by the author. I was not compensated for this review.*