In a world where nutrition can be transferred via a pill, and society is split into Eaters and Non-Eaters, seventeen-year-old Princess Vela has a grave dilemma. Her father, the king, is dying, and only a transplant of organs from a healthy Non-Eater boy will save him.
Vela is tasked with choosing a boy fit to die for the king, which is impossible enough. But then Carr, the boy she's loved all her life, emerges as the best candidate in the Bittersweet Trials. And he's determined to win, because by doing so, he can save the life of his Non-Eater sister.
Refusing to accept losing the boy she loves, Vela bends the rules and cheats. But when someone begins to sabotage the Trials, Vela must reevaluate her own integrity—and learn the true sacrifice of becoming a ruler.
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My favourite thing to do when I finish a book is to read the acknowledgements. I really like it when they give an insight to the author/book. The acknowledgement section in the back of Star-crossed tells you this book was written before Pintip Forgot Tomorrow. The author also tells us this book holds a special place with her. I'm totally in love with her best selling series. Star-crossed has a food theme and will pretty much ruin any diet or put you off cakes.
Vela and her sister, Blanca are opposites. They are heiress to the throne. Their father needs a transplant and a donor is needed. It has to be the fittest of the fit. The person will sacrifice their lives for the king. In return, their family will be well looked after. Vela is a princess in a dystopian world. There isn't enough food for her people to survive so a pill was created as a substitute. A selected few eat real food and the rest of the people take the pills. Vela and Blanca are expected to eat a lot because the pills are formed from the people that eat. In this world being overweight is seen as a luxury and is seen as beautiful. When Vela was young she used to slip a little food to her best friend, Astana not realising the consequences. Now Vela must find the donor for her father. The problem is Carr wants to help his sister, Astana and the only way to help is to become the donor. Vela has always had a secret crush on Carr now she must choose who dies and who gets to survive. This is bigger than just her future it affects the whole kingdom and if Vela can't make the right decisions her sister will become the next queen.
This is an undesirable world and the story is a rollercoaster. The story fits well with Pintip Dunn's style I just wish it didn't have a food theme. The stories good and the characters are well developed. Vela's choices are impossible and the romance is touching.
4 stars out of 5.
A New York Times bestseller!
Imagine a world where your destiny has already been decided…by your future self.
It’s Callie’s seventeenth birthday and, like everyone else, she’s eagerly awaiting her vision―a memory sent back in time to sculpt each citizen into the person they’re meant to be. A world-class swimmer. A renowned scientist.
Or in Callie’s case, a criminal.
In her vision, she sees herself murdering her gifted younger sister. Before she can process what it means, Callie is arrested and placed in Limbo―a prison for those destined to break the law. With the help of her childhood crush, Logan, a boy she hasn’t spoken to in five years, she escapes the hellish prison.
But on the run from her future, as well as the government, Callie sets in motion a chain of events that she hopes will change her fate. If not, she must figure out how to protect her sister from the biggest threat of all.
Pintip Dunn is a New York Times bestselling author of YA fiction. She graduated from Harvard University, magna cum laude, with an A.B. in English Literature and Language. She received her J.D. at Yale Law School.
Pintip’s novel, FORGET TOMORROW, won the RWA RITA® for Best First Book. It is also a finalist for the Grand Prix de l’Imaginaire, the Japanese Sakura Medal, the MASL Truman Award, and the Tome Society It list. In addition, THE DARKEST LIE was nominated for a Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award. Her other books include REMEMBER YESTERDAY, SEIZE TODAY, and GIRL ON THE VERGE.
She lives with her husband and children in Maryland.
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