2022 Book Review: The Weight of Stars and Suns

The Weight of Stars and Suns by Dawn Christine Jonckowski

YA Science Fiction, Independently Published in 2020, 355 Pages 

What I Didn’t Like:

  • A bit predictable. I can’t say I was shocked by much of this, I practically had it mapped out from page one. 
  • The ending. We’ve established that I’m weird about endings, yes? Yes. Good. Now, I like this ending. Like it so much that it bothers me to know there’s a sequel out there. I like the way this one lingers right now. I actually don’t think I want a second book. That won’t stop me from looking for it, especially if it delivers on more of the bigger lessons/themes that I felt like we were dancing around in this one. 
  • A bit of the instalove thing. 

What I Did Like:

  • Those Romeo and Juliet vibes work for me. I love the epic tragedy of a star crossed love story and this one delivers. It’s a roller coaster of ups and down right from the start.
  • The world building is beautiful. The details that went into the creation of this world with 36 suns was obvious and made the story a beautiful journey. 
  • Dameia is a solid character. She had layers of depth hiding under the face she presents to the people and I adored her for being real. The things she struggles with are relatable enough that you can connect to her despite her standing on Tav. 

Who Should Read This One:

  • If I said “Romeo and Juliet in space” and your interest was piqued  … this is for you. You’re welcome. 
  • Also, if you are fans of my Kingdom of Fraun series, this is a good comp title. This is science fiction where Fraun is all fantasy but there’s a lot of similarities I think you’ll enjoy.

My Rating: 4 stars

  • Well written, great journey!

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