Note: I bought all three books (for free) at the time, but I only read the first book. Below is the first book’s cover (which is currently free).
Official Rating: 1/5
“Death doesn’t wait for our approval. Death takes us when it is ready. Nineteen-year-old Mora knows this all too well, living in a world where the dead have walked the Earth for the past 60 years. Mora is on a mission to save her village from the relentless greyskins, and there is only one man that can help her: Jeremiah of Screven. As she travels the wastelands, she discovers a power within herself, a power she believes no other human possesses. That is, until she meets others like her – the ones who call themselves the Starborn. These super-humans are on a mission also: to destroy the undead greyskins, and take down the greedy Jeremiah. Mora must now choose between the one who can keep her family safe, and those that can show her who she truly is.”
This was a cookie cutter book, one that makes you ask yourself: “Haven’t I read this before?” Here’s the plot for a lot of dystopian books that rarely go away from the “tried and true” outline: A heroine. She doesn’t think she’s special, but wait! She is!! She has someone she needs to protect (i.e. a younger brother/sister, other family member(s)) because their parents are DEAD. DEAD. DEAD. DEAD. Every guardian is dead and there is some AWFUL HORRENDOUS HORRIFIC DYSTOPIAN WORLD! Zombies/controlling government/the plague reinvented/people terrorizing others, you name it. Everyone loves her except that one guy that she’s fascinated with but pretends to hate him. They get paired up a lot and pretend that can’t stand each other so that they can ignore their undying love. But wait, she might like the other guy too! So much confusion and swooning and guilt! Something happens to the family member/someone threatens the family member. The heroine must save them with her coincidental incidents and good luck! No one will stand in her way! Suddenly every adult and teen wants to listen to the heroine, despite her being a teenager and unable to make great choices! She doesn’t know who to trust, but says confidential things anyway! She leads an uprising! The government/antagonist want to stop her but can’t because she has such a following! YAY the heroine prevails!
More or less (more), this is Starborn Uprising. If you’ve ever read these types of dystopian books, you’ve already read Starborn Uprising. The only twist, is that there’s painfully little backstory and to actually get a backstory, you have to read another book (“Anywhere But Here”). This is Starborn Uprising: Grey skins/zombies (check!), the heroine’s (Mora) parents are dead (check!), she has a little brother and a grandmother she has to protect/worry about (check!), she has a lot of good luck or amazing coincidences when she needs it most (check!), she ruins things left and right by blurting out secrets to other people even when she’s told to keep quiet (check!), there’s a ridiculous love triangle (double check!), everyone thinks she’s some kind of natural leader (check!), she starts the uprising (check!), and she of course has amazing superpowers (or gifts, as the book insists we call them) (check!). I give this book 1 star. There’s no creativity, no suspense, no new ideas, a love triangle, and it was overall boring.