Book Review: ‘Trouble in the Stars’ by Sarah Prineas - A Fantastically Dynamic & Complex Heist

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Feeling bored and lacking thrill amidst the regular tiring schedule or can't decide how to engage your kids in something interesting? Are you out of the bed-time stories or want your kiddos to develop a reading habit before they sleep but feeling confused as to what to pick up to invoke them to inculcate the good?

Don't worry! Sarah Prineas’ ‘Trouble in the stars’ is at your rescue and I bet that this will be the ultimate solution to all the above difficulties and now is the time to stay relaxed while watching your little ones enjoy this great splash of adventure.


Book’s Name - Trouble in the Stars

Author’s Name - Sarah Prineas

Language - English

Genre - Children’s/Middle Age

Synopsis - Spoiler alert!

Trouble and the multi species crew of the Hindsight evade the Star League's relentless General Smag and his warship, the Peacemaker, in Sarah Prineas' Trouble in the Stars. Trouble spends most of the book pretending to be a human boy and concealing their shape-shifting abilities because Hindsight's crew doesn't trust their stowaway at first.

Trouble and the crew, on the other hand, begin to bond over midnight snacks with Captain Astra, strategy games with the gruff lizardian Reetha, and vegetarian meals with the tusked cargo manager Telly.

A sweet and normal family dynamic emerges as Trouble's unfailingly good nature wins everyone over.

Trouble's shape-shifting ability makes them a fantastic and engaging narrator. Throughout the novel, they take on a variety of types, each resulting in a new set of senses and a range of emotions. 

They explain navigating by scent when in rat form and surviving the vacuum of space as a glob of goo in evocative detail. They're also eager to point out the peculiarities of the human body, such as how unhappy people's eyes leak water.

Trouble's shape-shifting also adds an element of surprise to the book's many action scenes, as they find themselves in a variety of high-stakes circumstances that can only be solved with Trouble's skill. 

The story is kept going at a fast pace through escapes, chases, and one fantastically complex heist.

About the Author

Sarah Prineas is an Iowa-based fantasy author who previously worked for the University of Iowa's honors program. She is married to John Prineas, a professor at the University of Iowa's Department of Physics and Astronomy and the Optical Science and Technology Center. 

They are the parents of two girls. Prineas was born in the Connecticut town of Lyme. In Minnesota, she attended college. She stayed in Germany for a while.

In the United States, Harper Collins published her first book, The Magic Thief, in 2008. Foreign rights had been sold to thirteen other countries as of June 2008. The Magic Thief: 

Lost was published in 2009, and The Magic Thief: Found was published in 2010. Prineas began her career as a fantasy short story writer for adults before moving on to novels. She also wrote the breathtaking novel, Thorn and Rose.

She donated her archive to Northern Illinois University's Rare Books and Special Collections department in 2008.

About the Book

Trouble in the Stars is a funny and touching look at what it means to be human, to have a home, and to hear the stars sing. When Captain Astra informs them that the stars sing if they "know how to listen," Trouble is cynical.

However, as they gain a better understanding of themselves and the world, their remarkable empathy aids them in discovering new ways to listen, see, and communicate with others.

Psychological Analysis

There are a lot of things Trouble doesn't know as an amnesiac shape-shifter. They have no idea where they come from or why the StarLeague is pursuing them and referring to them as a dangerous fugitive. 

They have no understanding of simple concepts such as cows, lunch, or art. Trouble, on the other hand, stows away on the smuggler ship Hindsight and makes some valuable discoveries, including the terms "family," "Smile," and "home."

The Bottom Line

‘Trouble in the stars’ is really an interesting and mind-boggling read that you must hand over to your child and can read with them too. It's really a fast-pacing, fantastic and complex heist that is thrilling, entertaining and knowledge-imparting too.

My ratings for the book -5/5

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Written By - Palak Chauhan

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