Body of Stars

Body of Stars

An exploration of fate and female agency in a world very similar to our own--except that the markings on women's bodies reveal the future. A piercing indictment of rape culture, a read about what happens when women are objectified and stripped of choice--and what happens when they fight back.

Celeste Morton has eagerly awaited her passage to adulthood. Like every girl, she was born with a set of childhood markings--the freckles, moles, and birthmarks on her body that foretell her future and that of those around her--and with puberty will come a new set of predictions that will solidify her fate. The possibilities are tantalizing enough to outweigh the worry that the future she dreams of won't be the one she's fated to have and the fear of her "changeling period" the time when women are nearly irresistible to men and the risk of abduction is rife.

Celeste's beloved brother, Miles, is equally anticipating her transition to adulthood. As a skilled interpreter of the future, a field that typically excludes men, Miles considers Celeste his practice ground--and the only clue to what his own future will bring. But when Celeste changes, she learns a devastating secret about Miles's fate: a secret that could destroy her family, a secret she will do anything to keep. Yet Celeste isn't the only one keeping secrets, and when the lies of brother and sister collide, it leads to a tragedy that will irrevocably change Celeste's fate, set her on a path to fight against the inherent misogyny of fortune-telling, and urge her to create a future that is truly her own.

Title:Body of Stars
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780593183052
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    Body of Stars Reviews

  • ? Sarah ?

    🌻 This review can also be found here on my blog! 🌻I received a free e-ARC of this novel in exchange for a fair and honest review. Thank you, Hodder & Stoughton!I've had the pleasure of reviewing...

  • Dannii Elle

    "Vox meets The Immortalists in this bold and dazzling exploration of fate and female agency in a world where women own the future but not their own bodies."The world of this book is one very close to ...

  • AnnaLuce

    DNFIf you fancy some flowery misery porn that offers a vision of the world similar to The Handmaid's Tale, Vox, The Water Cure (ie women are oppressed) you might end up appreciating Body of Stars more...

  • Lou

    Body of Stars is a bold and dazzling exploration of fate and female agency in a world very similar to our own--except that the markings on women's bodies reveal the future. Debut novelist Laura Maylen...

  • Faith

    I devoured this book in one sitting and I can sum up my feelings by telling you I was desperate to highlight lines but didn’t because I felt like I was holding a book that was going to make history ...

  • Thais ? tata.lifepages ?

    Body of Stars is a very original dystopian novel, that takes place in a world where all women have their bodies marked as a map for their future life. I loved the drawings of the marks included in the...

  • leah

    3.5/4i received an advanced copy of this book from @hodder_studio so thank you so much!! ‘body of stars’ is set in an alternate/dystopian world where girls are born with markings (moles/freckles) ...

  • Bertie (LuminosityLibrary)

    Review to come! I'm not sure what to rate this one so you might see it going up. This was an interesting look into a dystopian universe, with a strong focus on misogyny and especially rape culture. Ho...

  • Tina

    BODY OF STARS by Laura Maylene Walter just wasn’t for me at all. I had seen this one on Dutton Books Instagram as a read now on NetGalley and from their caption I was interested. If I had known it w...

  • Amy Burt

    This book has a really interesting premise, with girls having marks (freckles essentially) on their bodies that predict and determine their futures, these are monitored and recorded, with women tasked...