Starfall (Starflight, Book 2)
Hachette Disney Hyperion (US: 9th January 2018; AU: 27th February 2018)
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[NOTE: I first published this at Speculative Chic.]
I read four Melissa Landers novels in 2017, but this was my favourite. Book 2 in the Starflight duology, Starfall focuses on Cassia and Kane this time, though of course Solara and Doran are around. After years on the run, Cassia has been apprehended and dragged back to her home planet. Now the queen, she may lose the planet to war unless she can stop an uprising. Meanwhile, Kane’s mother is ill and it seems like a plague could be spreading. Kane plans a rescue effort and uncovers a massive secret. But one wrong decision could damn him for good.
Starfall genuinely surprised me, and the plot twist enriches the story tremendously. It’s a risky topic, but Melissa Landers writes it with respect and empathy. This could probably be read as a stand-alone, but you may want to read Starflight first.