Tuesday, March 3, 2015

The Outcast Star – Children's/Review

The Outcast Star by I.M. Tu, with illustrations by Larrea Young, is my first review of a children's story.
I must say I found the short tale enjoyable particularly with the bright and colourful illustrations used. Well done on to the artist.

Although it appears to be a simple story, The Outcast Star is a story of love, loss, moving on and acceptance.

It is about a brother and sister stars who like to dance in the Milky Way near "a tremendous, dangerous Black Hole".

While Brother Star keeps an eye on the Black Hole, Sister Star continues to dance without a care in the world, until one day she dances too close and is sucked into the Black Hole.

Brother Star is devastated and begins to search for his sister, while slowly losing his bright colour. As time passes, he leaves the Milky Way, becoming the outcast star and realises for the first time that he is safe.

I truly enjoyed the vibrant illustrations with their facial expressions and how each piece reflects the story.

After the story ends there are two articles on the outcast star research. Personally, I found the first to be a complete bore and only an astrophysicist can make heads or tails of it. The second article is easier but still the story can stand out alone with its own richness.
The conclusion of the story and the subsequent research make it a bit confusing.

Overall, The Outcast Star is easy and enjoyable for children and adults alike – though I would recommend, whatever age you are, to skip the research on which the story is based, and enjoy the story on its own.

Note: I received a free copy from the author via Reading Addiction Virtual Book Tours (RABT) in exchange for an honest review.

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