Book: The Weight of the Stars
Author: K. Ancrum
Genre: YA Sci-fi, contemporary
Ryann Bird dreams of traveling across the stars. But a career in space isn’t an option for a girl who lives in a trailer park on the “wrong” side of town. So Ryann becomes her circumstances and settles for acting out and skipping school to hang out with her delinquent friends.
One day she meets Alexandria: a furious loner who spurns Ryann’s offer of friendship. After a horrific accident leaves Alexandria with a broken arm, the girls are brought together despite themselves—and Ryann learns her secret: Alexandria’s mother is an astronaut who volunteered for a one-way trip to the edge of the solar system.
Every night without fail, Alexandria waits to catch radio signals from her mother. And now it’s up to Ryann to lift her onto the roof day after day until the silence between them grows into friendship, and eventually something more.
My Rating: 5 STARS
The Weight of the Stars is about Ryann who tries to befriend the new girl at school, they don’t get off to the best of starts so Ryann ends up trying to help Alex receive transmissions from her mother in space and the two of them start to grow closer as they find out more about what happened to Alex’s mother. The premise of the Weight of the Stars is so interesting and I loved the over arcing plot of the space mission that Alex’s mother went on and how Alex is trying to receive transmissions from her, I was very intrigued by what was happening.
Ryann Bird is now one of my favourite characters of all time. I loved reading about her and her personality really stood out to me. She is the leader of her group and she comes across as this tough character but from the beginning we see how good and kind she is especially as she takes the kids who are outcasts in school under her wing. I loved that we got to see that part of her straight away.
The group of friends in The Weight of the Stars felt like such a real bunch of characters and I loved reading about them, they all felt individual. I was a bit wary of them in the beginning because when Alex moves to the school they came off as bullies as they tried to get her to be a part of their group but that’s only for a short amount of time before you see what they’re actually trying to do instead. I liked James and Ryann’s sibling relationship and how they looked after James’ child together. I really liked the development of Ryann and Alex’s relationship. I loved how they started out disliking each other and slowly start to become friends and eventually realising they have feelings for each other.
I really liked the writing and how each chapter was titled by how much time had passed between that and the last chapter. I loved the ending of The Weight of the Stars and I thought it really suited the book.
Overall I loved this book and I loved reading about Ryann Bird and her group of friends. I really liked seeing Ryann and Alex’s relationship deepen as the book went on. I also loved the plot and thought it was much more emotional than I expected it to be. The Weight of the Stars was a fantastic read.