Friday, April 26, 2019

Last of Her Name by Jessica Khoury - ADVISABLE

Last of Her Name by Jessica Khoury, 385 pages. Scholastic Press (Scholastic), 2019. $18.

Language: PG (1 swear); Mature Content: PG-13 (intense kiss); Violence: PG-13 (warlike fighting)



Stacia is working in her father’s vineyard with her two friends, Clio and Pol.  It’s been a long day and they are getting ready to head home when they notice a large black ship approaching.  It appears to be from the Galactic Union. The Red Knights round up everyone and the Direktor informs them he knows the last heir to the throne has been hiding among them and if they tell him where she is, they won’t be harmed. What is he talking about? Everyone knows the entire royal family was killed, they’ve seen the footage many times. Under the threat of harm and much to Stacia’s surprise, a member of her community gives her up to save his family.  As Pol grabs her to escape, the Red Knights take Clio and her family. As they are leaving orbit, Stacia isn’t sure where they are going and is worried about her family. Most importantly, is what the Direktor said true?

This is a solid science fiction fantasy and I really enjoyed it.  The author describes her universe, but doesn’t get bogged down explaining every detail.  She gives her characters personality, background and depth. There are a few things I didn’t see coming, and a very satisfying ending.    

Reviewer: RB

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