Genres: science fiction
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After an incident with a hot-air balloon causes college-dropout Sally Webber to lose her job, she sets off to find direction in her life. Crashing into a teleporting alien, however, is not on her to-do list.
Now she’s on the run from TV-drama-loving aliens, and things are just getting started. Zander won’t stop reeling her into life-or-death situations to save her planet, as he waits for his laser-wielding sister to search the universe for him. Though Sally isn’t quite sure if he wants to save Earth from annihilation, or just quell his curiosity of all things human.
On top of this, she’s got to find lost alien emissaries, as well as a job, and stop the planet from getting incinerated in the process. But with Zander as her roommate, what could possibly go wrong?
For starters, I must say I’m not a huge fan of science fiction. It never quite struck a chord like fantasy did for me. However, S.E. Anderson crafted a delightful story that is perfect for someone who likes to drift along the edges of science fiction. It didn’t contain an overabundance of science facts, leaving the reader to enjoy a delightful ride through Sally’s rather crazy life.
Sally Webber woke up late one morning, all due to a deflated hot air balloon draped across her bedroom window. From there, her day goes downhill. Because she’s late, she loses her job. Later that evening she has a fight with her best friend during her friend’s birthday party and storms off. To make matter worse, she hits someone on the way home. Someone, who oddly enough, gets up, and saunters off into the woods.
In that moment, Sally has her first interaction with someone from another world. Her life continues to spin out of control as Zander, the man she hit with her car, becomes a part of her life while he waits for his sister to find him. With him on board, things get even crazier. But as her life spins out of control, Sally finds herself fully alive for the first time in her life.
I found Sally, Zander, and Blayde to be wonderful characters. I could relate to how Sally felt at the beginning of the book. Zander reminds me of a young puppy with super powers that’s just trying to get along on Earth. Blayde is something else altogether. She comes striding off the page with intensity and power. You just know you’d better watch yourself with her.
S.E. Anderson writes with a great sense of humor. For the most part, Sally takes everything in stride, though she has a fairly interesting internal dialogue going on. There are also nods to many things we all can relate to in our society. Things like Facebook, Netflix, and our ever-present cell phones. There are also hints here and there at time travel. Who doesn’t love the idea of time travel?
While I did figure out the main mystery part of the book fairly quick, it didn’t hinder my ability to relax and enjoy the story. Her characters were quite engaging and I can’t wait to read more books featuring Sally, Zander, and Blayde.
All in all, Starstruck is a fantastic sci-fi book for people who enjoy sci-fi without all the jargon and all of the fun.