Wednesday, April 12, 2017

"Star’s End"

Cassandra Rose Clarke's novels have been finalists for the Philip K. Dick Award, the Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice Award, and YALSA’s Best Fiction for Young Adults. Her short fiction has appeared in Strange Horizons and Daily Science Fiction.

Clarke applied the Page 69 Test to her latest novel, Star's End, and reported the following:
Star’s End is a family drama crossed with a space opera. The main character, Esme, has to come to terms with the truth about her father’s intergalactic weapons company while attempting to salvage her relationship with her sisters. And I have to say, page 69 actually sets up a lot of that really well. Here are some of the key details that show up:
  • A space station
  • The titular Star’s End, which is the name of the mansion where Esme grew up with her family
  • Esme’s sister Isabel, mentioned here first as “the new baby,” who will go on to play a crucial role in the story
  • A deadly and mysterious virus that will be the first key in helping Esme unravel the mystery of her father’s company
In a lot of ways, this is a great early turning point page. Star’s End is structured as a frame narrative, with Esme of the present considering the life that led her to that point. Page 69 is part of past Esme’s narrative, and it shows the aftermath of one of the most traumatic experience of her life up to that point. So much of what happens later in the book is sowed in or around page 69. I’m not sure I could have asked for a better representative page!
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