Brightly Burning by Alexa Donne

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Baylee J., North County High School

Brightly Burning is Alexa Donne’s debut novel which follows the story of seventeen-year-old Stella Ainsley and her aspirations to become a teacher. Stella, along with most of the human population are on ships that orbit the Earth. As diseases spread and ships become unsustainable among the orbiting fleet, Stella worries that her ship, the Stalwart, is next to deorbit down to the frozen Earth below. Fortunately, Stella is able to move to a mysterious luxury ship named the Rochester after getting her teaching job application approved; however, she feels as if the crew, and the charming Captain Hugo, are all hiding something.  

I felt that Stella was a really well-written character. I say this because her thoughts, reactions, and dialogue were all relatable. No, she wasn't some reckless teen, but she made a lot of mistakes that someone would make at her age. However, I do think Stella’s relationships were rushed, specifically her and Hugo’s. Not only that, but Stella’s guy “friends” were either former love interests or still are love interests, and I found it a bit annoying. Overall, I’d say this was a good book. I’d recommend it to anyone who enjoys mystery as well as romance. I believe that this book has plenty of twists that will keep any reader on the edge of their seats. 

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