Reclaim the Stars: 17 Tales Across Realms & Space | Book Review

I receieved and eARC from NetGalley. All opinions are my own.

Reclaim the Stars is a collection of bestselling and acclaimed YA authors that take the Latin American diaspora to places fantastical and out of this world. From princesses warring in space, to the all too-near devastation of climate change, to haunting ghost stories in Argentina, and mermaids off the coast of the Caribbean. This is science fiction and fantasy that breaks borders and realms, and proves that stories are truly universal.

Authors include Daniel José Older, Yamile Saied Méndez, Anna-Marie McLemore, Mark Oshiro, Romina Garber, David Bowles, Lilliam Rivera, Claribel Ortega, Isabel Ibañez, Sara Faring, Maya Motayne, Nina Moreno, Vita Ayala, J.C. Cervantes, Circe Moskowitz, Linda Nieves Pérez, and Zoraida Córdova.

To be released: February 15th 2022

Reclaim the Stars is one of the stronger YA anthologies I’ve read. It has a strong start with actually having more than one sci-fi story in this SF/F anthology. Too many times, sci-fi stories are left out of anthologies like these, but this book starts off with five sci-fi stories. After that are the twelve fantasy stories, half of which are set in modern day, the other half are either historical or set in a fantasy world.

All of the sections were very solid. There was a story with a nonbinary main character, a couple of sapphic stories, and one with polyamorous characters! I would’ve liked to see a story with disability rep, mental or physical.

Obviously, with seventeen stories in total, some of them really worked for me, others didn’t whether because the story just didn’t grip me or the writing style didn’t work for me. None topped the 4-star rating, but here were my five 4-star ratings:

  • Reign of Diamonds by Anna-Marie McLemore – This was a sapphic sci-fi story that was such a good start! In such a small time, we went from friends to lovers to enemies!
  • The Tin Man by Lilliam Rivera – This was such a solid dystopian story! I really attache myself to the main character quickly. This might not be the story to read if you have high pandemic anxiety, as there’s a different illness that kicks off the dystopia.
  • Creatures of Kings by Circe Moskowitz – Moskowitz is one of two debut writers in this collection and I cannot wait for her debut! I’ll admit that at times this didn’t feel like a YA story, more like an adult story. Either way, the writing was utterly gorgeous!
  • Magical Offerings by Nina Moreno – The vibes for this story were off the charts! It’s set in a swamp in Florida with weird magic and I was utterly entranced.
  • Tame the Wicked Night by Zoraida Cordova – This story was a good twist on classic “slay the monster at the edge of town to prove yourself” trope!

As I do with all anthologies, I averaged my ratings for the individual stories. It came out to 3.48 stars, which I rounded up to 3.5 stars! Like I’ve said, I enjoyed many of these stories and in general would call this a solid anthology!

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