The Stars Now Unclaimed (The Universe After, #1) by Drew Williams

The Stars Now Unclaimed (The Universe After, #1)

Perfect for fans of Firefly and James S. A. Corey's Expanse series, The Stars Now Unclaimed is a fun, adventure-filled ride around a far-future galaxy.Jane Kamali is an agent for the Justified. Her mission: to recruit children with miraculous gifts in the hope that they might prevent the Pulse from once again sending countless worlds back to the dark ages.Hot on her trail is the Pax--a collection of fascist zealots who believe they are the rightf...


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TitleThe Stars Now Unclaimed (The Universe After, #1)
ISBN9781250186119
Author
Release DateAug 21st, 2018
PublisherTor Books
LanguageEnglish
GenreScience Fiction, Fiction
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Reviews The Stars Now Unclaimed (The Universe After, #1)

  • Dee Arr
    1970-01-01
    There are so many good things about this novel that one might believe that it sprouted from the mind of an experienced author branching out into a new series. As a lover of sci-fi, I thoroughly enjoyed this tale of the future. The world-building started early and continued throughout the entire book. Truthfully, it was more galaxy-building, as author Drew Williams deftly juggled the different races, introducing them to us at a pace that managed t...
  • Nina
    1970-01-01
    The Stars Now Unclaimed IS a good space opera. If you’re in the mood for a book that is the equivalent of reading Star Wars, this may be for you. However, I personally prefer Star Wars on the screen, and while some elements of this novel were clearly developed and well thought through, there were a couple of things that just made it impossible for me to rate it a 3:1. The plot, while developed, is basically a string of fight sequences. While so...
  • Mike
    1970-01-01
    A solid space opera yarn. Williams embroils readers in conflict right out of the gate with very little downtime for examining the headier elements of this setting. That said, Williams lays down some excellent character work here and lays a strong foundation for further explorations.
  • Nadine
    1970-01-01
    The Stars Now Unclaimed is marketed as a blend of Firefly and The Expanse by James S.A. Corey. I understand why they chose this comparison, however I would argue it’s for fans of The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers, but with more intense space battles.The Stars Now Unclaimed follows a soldier, Jane, as she travels across the universe in search of gifted children. Jane is a member of an organization that believes these childre...
  • Matthew Duffy
    1970-01-01
    Really enjoyed this book. Science Fiction can be tough to write while keeping grounded in a realistic setting, but this book delivered in spades. Some influences seem to be very obvious (Mass Effect, Star Trek etc), but the setting and story is different enough and uses these influences as a jumping off point to ensure that it is very much its own story.The characters are all likeable and believable, their morals are not black and white and they ...
  • Azrah
    1970-01-01
    **I was provided with an ARC through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review**Claimed to be for fans of Star Wars, Firefly, and The Expanse series this book was obviously going to grab my attention. After reading the premise I couldn’t grab the book sooner. The Stars Now Unclaimed is set in the universe many years in the future when a phenomenon known as The Pulse, set out to create universal peace, accidentally destroyed next to all forms o...
  • K.S. Marsden
    1970-01-01
    Jane is one of the Justified. In a world torn apart by chaos, she has to play her part in protecting it. This includes rescuing a reluctant teenager, and her mechanical sidekick, as they might have the strength to stop the newest threat.I received a free copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.This was a slow-starter for me.It opens with an unnamed agent of the Justified, dropping in on a relatively peaceful, and unevolved planet (th...
  • Judy Lesley
    1970-01-01
    Thank you to NetGalley and Macmillan - Tor/Forge for a digital galley of this novel.This book is so good for adults and it would be for middle school students and older except that there is so much profanity in it. And I do mean it is jam packed. That's a shame.Yep, five stars for a space opera. There aren't a lot of new concepts in this story except for the pulse which is the backlash from something that was supposed to be good but hasn't turned...
  • Jared Shurin
    1970-01-01
    It is like if Destiny 2 and The Force Awakens had a love child?Who was then taught how to play Resident Evil? By Firefly?!Or, uh, all the serious parts of Simon Green's Deathstalker meet all the fun parts of Ann Leckie's Ancillary Justice? All of which, of course, does The Stars Now Unclaimed a disservice, as this book is a) very much its own thing and b) that thing is very, very, very good. This is the very definition of page-turning - an utterl...
  • Rebecca
    1970-01-01
    I received a copy of this book to review, I can say all the opinions are mine.I thoroughly enjoyed this book although it was not an easy read overall. There were a few time in the first half where I was tempted to not finish but boy am I glad I carried on reading. If you’re looking for a high octane sci fi with lots of thrilling battle scenes and easily relatable characters then this is the book for you.There are bits that are slightly hard to ...
  • Alan
    1970-01-01
    As always, in the interest of full disclosure, I received an ARC from the publisher in consideration for an honest and fair review.If I'm a publisher and I want to set a first time writer up for failure make sure the back cover blurb includes references to The Expanse and Firefly. That's a sure fire way, IMO, to get a casual reader to set expectations so high for a book that said expectations can't be met. With Williams' freshman endeavor he does...
  • Niki
    1970-01-01
    4 solid (unclaimed) stars for this one.The reasons why the book didn't get a full 5 stars from me were:1. Esa was criminally underused, I was so looking forward to getting awesome telekinesis scenes from her; I have a soft spot for telekinesis, it's my favourite super power and the one I wish I had the most (that, and telepathy) 2. The fact that the plot consisted of fight scene after fight scene grew tiring after a while, plus...3. ...How every ...
  • Allyn Nichols
    1970-01-01
    I really enjoyed this book. Brimming with plausible science. The main character and party are incredibly well designed. A must read for fans of Anne Leckie / Ancillary series and Iain M Banks ( Culture novels). A real five star read!
  • Brett
    1970-01-01
    This is a fast paced science fiction, that is filled with action. The novel has a lot to offer and is a solid start to a series. I'm curious to see where the series heads.
  • Adam Yates
    1970-01-01
    I haven’t read a lot of Space Opera but I’d imagine this fits the genre perfectly.Anyone who reads Becky Chambers (A Long Way to a Small Angry Planet) should find something in this to enjoy although the numerous battle and space fighting scenes means that although it’s action packed, it lacks the heart of the Wayfarer series instead focusing on advanced weaponry, war tactics and savage races.
  • Virginia
    1970-01-01
    ***review to come***
  • Trish Leggat
    1970-01-01
    The Stars Now Unclaimed - Drew WilliamsThis was another NetGalley book that I was approved for. As with previous books, I was given a digital review copy of this in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was drawn to it (once again) by the cover and the cover alone. I really didn't know much about the book, synopsis or author. I wasn't even really sure which genre it sat in!Hang on... that sounds familiar! In fact its almost word for word what ...
  • Julie
    1970-01-01
    An exciting fast paced adventure, mostly based on board Scheherazade (a space craft), other craft or various planetary objects. Jane Kamali, is the "Justified" pilot of the aforementioned Scheherazade and she has formed a strong bond with the AI of the ship. They look out for each other.Jane's role is to seek out 'gifted' children on worlds that had previously been blasted back into their own individual dark age by a phenomenon known as the 'puls...
  • Michael
    1970-01-01
    This is the first book by a new author named Drew Williams. I won this book in a goodreads Give-A-Way. Lucky day for me because this book is a great read. It is also my favorite genre, Space Opera/Military Science Fiction. It has interesting characters, a good story-line and plenty of action. In this book the galaxy is being torn apart be several different Sects, all of whom think it is their right to rule over everyone else. One Sect, the Justif...
  • Blake Kendall
    1970-01-01
    The blurbs on the ARC copy I read compared this to The Expanse series, or Firefly. I can see where those comparisons are accurate, and while I love those series, and loved this book, each is its own story and universe. I liked the world building and the lore here, about a Pulse that wipes out technology and the aftermath such an event leaves in its wake, for good and ill. I liked the characters, from a badass solider to a sentient spaceship, a ro...
  • Stephanie
    1970-01-01
    So this book as about space travel and starship and fighting. The main character is a woman called Jane, she is a person assigned to finding 'gifted' children amongst a galaxy full of planets and species vying for control.The galaxy has been affected by something called The Pulse and it has affected entire worlds some more than others... Some have been punched back to pre electricity some barely touched and still have space Flight...Jane finds he...
  • Seth
    1970-01-01
    I received an ARC through my local public library. The advanced reading copy of this book was heavily billed as a read-alike for The Expanse or Firefly, but I'd describe those as character-driven adventures. This book is driven by the plot, a series of fight-scenes, and while the characters aren't bad, they aren't the point. If I had picked this book up as a retread Star Wars-but-with-more-action, I would have been happy. I'm sure my expectations...
  • Rebecca
    1970-01-01
    Think big guns, smugglers, epic space battles, and a telekinetic girl with all the gifts.The Stars Now Unclaimed is Firefly meets more Firefly, but still feels new and exciting as a futuristic space adventure. There are space pirates, mysterious interplanetary organizations, children with almost supernatural powers, a will-they-won’t-they romance, a spaceship with it’s own personality, interplanetary battles for freedom...and much, much more....
  • Fordith
    1970-01-01
    Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC in return for this review.Not knowing the main character's name for 3/4 of the book made for an interesting read when you have read the blurb and are waiting for that character to come into the story but that's an aside.It took a little while for me to get into the book but I powered through and I am glad I did. I loved all the space battles and being able to see what the author was describing was easy with all of ...
  • Katie Slott
    1970-01-01
    Impossible odds? Certainty of death? What are we waiting for, let's go!Hilarious, epic, fun, action-packed, death-defying, world-destroying space battles, and the best and funniest AI writing I've ever read. First in a series. Wish I could devour the rest right now.For those for whom pacing is a major consideration: This book is ridiculously fast-paced. The characters are always either a) heading into a battle, b) fighting a battle, or c) have ju...
  • Kayleigh
    1970-01-01
    Wow! This was spectacular! I won this ARC through Goodreads a month ago and it was such a fun read! What I really enjoyed is that a majority of the main cast is female, which is so important in an often male-dominated genre. This book also features edge of your seat space and terrain battles (the battle with the Reints....so, so good), great world building, and intelligent and witty AI. I loved that each of the ships had their own personality!If ...
  • Lyle Blosser
    1970-01-01
    I really had high hopes for this book: I was thrilled to receive an ARC via a contest from Tor.com. The premise was intriguing and the universe was a unique one I'd not encountered before. The characterizations seemed well-thought-out, both alien and human. However, the over-use of profanity (especially the f-bomb) ruined the book for me. I understand (I think) why the trend to have characters use profanity is increasing, but the effect (for me) ...
  • Jordan
    1970-01-01
    This was a really entertaining book and I thought the characters were really well flushed out and felt like real people. I was really excited to get an ARC for this book and it did not disappoint. My only negative about it was that the tension never got high enough to make you feel big highs or big lows. The heroes, although in peril a lot weren't really ever in super big danger and they didn't seem to make many mistakes that actually put the mis...
  • Heather
    1970-01-01
    I was actually pretty disappointed by this one. A lot of potential that felt wasted. Too much action and too little plot and character/world development. In some ways it just seemed like endless fights loosely strung together by banter and monologues about war. I didn’t feel invested in what was going on or in an if the characters. It’s basically the book equivalent of an action movie or a FPS.
  • Erin Mcmaster
    1970-01-01
    Even though I was interested in the story from the beginning, the early parts of the book made me tired to read. But once our characters make it to their destination it was impossible to put down. There is definitely a lot of action in this book. I want to know more about the different races/species. I want to know what happens next too. This story would also make for a very entertaining movie.