From A Distant Star by Karen McQuestion
From A Distant Star surprised me and I enjoyed it a lot more than I thought I would. I'm fairly new to the sci-fi world and when I saw that this book belonged to that genre, I wasn't sure what I'd think of the book but after reading, I was pleasantly surprised.
The book follows Emma, who is the only person not to give up on Lucas, her boyfriend who is in a coma due to cancer. Everybody but Emma is preparing for the end, but she knows it's not his time. Due to unexpected circumstances, Lucas suddenly wakes up and whilst everyone is thrilled, Emma starts to realise Lucas isn't himself and sets about trying to discover why.
I really enjoyed this book, whilst it does have sci-fi elements, they aren't overbearing and the idea of aliens and multi-planet communication are involved, it wasn't the singular focus of the book. The relationships between several characters was one of the aspects I really liked about the book, particularly those involving Lucas' brother. I was slightly disappointed to see the cliche YA parent type in this book but it went well with the storyline so it wasn't as noticeable as in other YA novels. The story was action-packed and had an adventure element that I really enjoyed reading. McQuestion's writing style had me hooked and was easy to read. I would highly recommend picking up this book, even if you think it may not be your style, I promise you will enjoy it.