Lifespan of Starlight – book review

Lifespan of Starlight

Lifespan of Starlight is the intriguing first book in its series, written by Thalia Kalkipsakis.

It’s always been inside you, lying dormant, waiting to be discovered – the ability to move through time.

In 2084, three teenagers discover the secret to time travel. Their first jump is only a few seconds, but as they master the technique, they combat their fear of jumping into the unknown. But it’s dangerous, not to mention, illegal. But it’s also completely worth it for the bliss accompanied with each return.

As the group pushes the boundaries and starts to jump for longer times, they are met with the threat of terrifying consequences. After all, once you trip forwards, there’s no coming back.

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I was really excited to start reading Lifespan of Starlight and I definitely enjoyed reading it. I had no idea what this was going to be about when I started reading it. All I knew was that it had something to do with time travel. Being the Doctor Who lover that I am, I couldn’t wait to see how time travel was explored in this book. I was surprised to read about some of the theory of time being like a river and you can freeze the river and walk along it to a different place and then unfreeze the river. It was really interesting to read about.

I loved the writing style of Lifespan of Starlight. Right from the very beginning, this book drew me into the this futuristic world. I wanted to know what was going to happen for the entire novel and found the futuristic Melbourne setting an amazing place to get to know. Because I live in Melbourne, it was fascinating to see how the author interpreted the future to be like. I loved exploring the city and all the new additions – time travel in particular. Everything seemed well planned and like the author really knew what the future looked like. The world building was perfect.

Another aspect to this book that I felt was really well done was the romance. I almost sighed out of relief when I found that it wasn’t going to be full-on insta-love. I felt the chemistry between the two main characters and liked that they became friends and actually got to know each other before they realised that they like liked each other. Wow, throw back to third grade right there. But you know what I mean. Unlike how I wrote it, the romance was well-written and believable.

However, one of the things that wasn’t believable was that Coutlyn was supposed to be only fourteen. Her maturity level made it seem like she was sixteen at the least. I understand that people can be young and mature, but Coutlyn just didn’t feel fourteen to me. She was really the only character that felt fully developed to me. The other character didn’t feel done to me. I would have liked more background on a lot of the characters so that I felt as though I understood them more.

I also felt that some of the characters were unnecessary because of their lack of development. It didn’t feel as though the author really had a great grasp on why she wanted to include these characters and how they would serve either the plot or the main character. The author’s lack of direction with these minor characters made this book feel incomplete. Are we going to ever see these minor characters again? Will they play a bigger part in the next book? I was left asking these questions at the end of the book and some indication on to whether some of these characters would play a part in the rest of the series would have benefited me from being answered, or at least hinted to.

One of the things that was a little frustrating about this book was that I didn’t understand some of Coutlyn’s decisions. It was a little confusing as to why she did some of the things that she did and I found that they had little relevance to the plot. Just a little bit of explanation would have gone a long way with this and therefore I would have felt more connected to Coutlyn. While I liked her as a character for the most part and found following her interesting, I didn’t feel especially connected to her.

The start and the end of this book were really fascinating, but the middle seemed to lose me a little. The pacing slowed during this part and I felt my attention drifting on a few occasions. My favourite part of this book were the action parts and I found reading these parts so grabbing that I couldn’t put the book down during these times. The action really picked up towards the end of the book and because of this, I know I’ll definitely be picking up the next book as soon as it comes out!

Overall, I really enjoyed reading this book and I’m already looking forward to reading the next one in the series. The plot was interesting and the romance was felt very believe. I’d give Lifespan of Starlight a score of 8 out of 10. I definitely recommend this book to everyone who is interested in reading about time travel with a bit of teen romance!

A huge thank you to Hardie Grant Egmont Australia for providing me with this book in exchange for an honest review!

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