Eighteen-year-old Tatiana is running from her past and her star-touched powers. Her power to heal may be overshadowed by more destructive abilities. Fleeing the persecution of those like her, Tatiana seeks refuge in a small town she once visited. But this civil haven, in a world where society has broken down, is beginning to crumble. Will Tatiana flee or stay and fight for the new life she has built? Only by harnessing the very forces that haunt her can Tatiana save her friends and herself.
I wasn’t sure what to expect from Star Touched, but I was pleasantly surprised. The concept is pretty intriguing to me. I love apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction and this story takes place only about a decade or so after a major catastrophe has struck the earth, killing many, and knocking the surviving bits of humanity back a hundred years or so technology-wise. The town that Tatiana finds herself in feels very much like an old western frontier town and I enjoyed that atmosphere a lot.
I do think the storytelling could have been a tad more polished. It was a little confusing at times whether this was an adult story or something more young adult. The main protagonist is, I believe, eighteen. At times she’s treated both like a woman and a young girl. There are traces of both some younger adult elements as well as some more adult themes within the story itself, so I think it’s just one of those books that straddles the line. Also, sometimes the relationships between the various characters felt a little murky and the villains of the story were obvious villains. Of course, with the whole wild west feeling (even though this is Kentucky) that wasn’t much of an issue as oftentimes in those stories there are clear good guys and bad guys. I could see an effort to make a few of the characters more nuanced and I appreciated that.
All that being said, this was still a very engaging story. I found myself wanting to know more about the other star-touched and how their powers work. I was rooting for Tatiana and for order to be restored to the town. Also, this has one of those villains that you just love to hate (like Dolores Umbridge). Those kinds of villains that pretend to be all sweetness and nice and pull the wool over someone’s eyes and are meanwhile abusive and terrible people who you really want to see brought down in the end. Ugh, connivers, I hate them! But it’s so satisfying to watch them lose all their power. 😀
Star Touched is a story based on hope, that even when the disaster has come to pass and some people are at their worst, the best will also rise to the occasion. And while I think the writing could be a tad more polished, the story has a lot of heart and that’s something I can definitely appreciate these days. I’ll be looking out for more from this author in the future. 3/5 stars.