Star Eaters

Orca. (Orca Anchor). Feb. 2023. 80p. pap. $10.95. ISBN 9781459834675.
Gr 6-10–Destin is on a routine run as a Raider, searching the galaxy for stars so he can drain their energy for his employer, the hated corporation IRIS. He’s not supposed to visit the planets that are destroyed by the collapse of their suns, but this time he breaks protocol, pausing to take in the trees and grass and blue water. Back on board his starship, Destin saps the sun and stores its energy for transport. He realizes he’s picked up a stowaway, Calla, a girl about his age. Calla begs him to return the energy to her sun before it fades out and leaves her home cold, dark, and, ultimately, dead. This is bad news for Destin, who fears being caught by Captain Juno and returned to “the hub,” a hellish prison for orphans he escaped only by training as a Raider. After evading hot pursuit by fellow Raiders and a disorienting trip through a wormhole in space-time, Destin commits to restoring Calla’s sun and returning to her planet. Though from different worlds, both characters appear human. Calla is described as having golden freckles and curly white hair. The book is written at a first to second grade reading level.
VERDICT Light speculative fiction with a vague hint of romance, this is a secondary selection.

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