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The people need Justice, but she's not listening.One hundred years before, the Great Sickness reduced the world to three dystopian cities. Now the community of Asphodel is trapped underground, waiting for the prophesied maiden of Justice to rescue them.Sixteen-year-old Astrea is supposed to be this savior - too bad for them she isn't a believer. Astrea fights her fate untiThe people need Justice, but she's not listening.One hundred years before, the Great Sickness reduced the world to three dystopian cities. Now the community of Asphodel is trapped underground, waiting for the prophesied maiden of Justice to rescue them.Sixteen-year-old Astrea is supposed to be this savior - too bad for them she isn't a believer. Astrea fights her fate until discovering a power she never knew she had, and a handsome ally she never expected. With her life in danger, Astrea must choose between saving her city or herself.This thrilling young adult adventure is the first in the richly-imagined Starbright series, which is laced with mystery, mythology, romance, and magic. Justice Buried will have you questioning fate versus free will along with Astrea's strong female lead, and wondering who can be trusted when everyone is keeping secrets....

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Number of Pages : 330 Pages
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Justice Buried Reviews

  • Etnik
    2019-04-29 23:43

    ______________________________________"The People need justice,But she's not listening."______________________________________☆☆☆☆4.2 FULLY STARS!☆☆☆☆You can find the full review and more about this book on my blog!First of all look at that cover.AWESOME.In fact it is the fact that got me to read this book.For me it's one of the best covers out there,the colors are warm and everything collides greatly.Great job!Okay so this is a astrology-mythology dystopian.I was confused because I have a weakness for dystopian but I also hate everything related with astrology.Don't get me wrong,the way it is described in this book is perfect and also the binding with the myths is so unique and fun to read ,but it's just that me and astrology don't go well,never have-never will!Justice Buried is brilliant young adult where you can face some of the problems we are currently facing in the world but in a new transformed way.Live by the rules,no own destiny,fate,rights forbidden.You can't choose your partner,your life,your own way.The plot is interesting,not quite unique because somehow living underground is a mainstream thing for a lot of novels,but it is so well build.There are thrilling,exciting moments that you can't help but read more and more.I did like all the characters,except the lead Astrea in the beginning.She was so annoying,but she grows to be a quite badass heroine.Also the people of Asphodel were so awesome,I mean I could read about them all the day.I really hope we get to see more of them in the sequels.What I lacked was the description of places,some of the characters and their intentions.I know that there will be sequels and the author wants to leave something to our imagination,but I think it would have been better if it had at least some more detailed descriptions of the situation there were living.I didn't like the romance,not because it was badly written or anything,it's just that there is a love triangle and I am not a fan of those.I recommend this book to all the fantasy,astrology,mythology readers out there.It's a great dystopian with an awesome message.Also a fun read,so pick it up!

  • Aditi
    2019-05-14 03:46

    “It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves.”----William ShakespeareHilary Thompson, an American author, has penned an extremely compelling YA dystopian book, Justice Buried which is the first book in the Starbright series and one look at the Goodreads page of this book makes me wonder, why isn't more number of YA readers are reading this thoroughly gripping YA science fiction dystopian that is mixed with astrology and lots of mythology, featuring our world, not so far away from the current day, where everything is ruled by prophecy or zodiac and people believed their fates in the stars. Synopsis: The people need Justice, but she's not listening. One hundred years before, the Great Sickness reduced the world to three cities. Now the community of Asphodel is trapped underground, waiting for the prophesied maiden of Justice to return and save them from their Fates. Sixteen-year-old Astrea is supposed to be this savior - too bad for them she isn't a believer. Trea fights against her false destiny: she rebels against her family and friends, then refuses her arranged marriage to the charming but deceitful Lexan. Learning her life is in danger, Trea is forced to trust Lexan - until she discovers a power she never knew she had, and one he already knew he did. As betrayal closes every door, Trea decides she must submit to her stars and accept her fate. Then a handsome stranger offers her an unexpected escape and the chance to create her own destiny. Firstly let's talk and swoon over that gorgeous eye-catching book cover featuring a girl with a red hair posed towards the night sky, that is ruled by the constellations. In one words, simply mesmerizing and holds a lot of inner meaning with respect to the storyline.The world that the author has created is post-apocalyptic where everything has been ruined by The Disease, that forced the humans of this planet to flee underground, that is come to be called, the city of Asphodel. Now the city folks of Asphodel believes that when the world got affected by The Disease, it got divided into three cities- two above ground and one underground, the fate of which has been sealed by a prophecy involving two different equinoxes- spring and autumn stating that there will be two teenagers born from two different equinoxes will be responsible to start a new city above the ground. Moreover, each and every human being from this city are quite whimsical and this effect is evident in everything that they do.So in one world the author have created an enchanting city in our planet in the year of 2068, which the author have painted with the help of lots of realism mixed with lots of coming-of-age emotions and issues. Moreover, the world building happens with a gradual pace and not at once I felt disconnected to the world building which has been skillfully planted into the storyline.Astrea is 17 and is time to lead her life according to the age-old prophecy which has been set when her city was built. Unfortunately for Astrea, she is not up for all these prophecy things and want to lead her own life by her own rules and especially to not to be dictated by any of her own people. Lexan is too 17 who is another human chosen to follow his destiny ruled out by that prophecy, and in order to follow the prophecy, both Astrea and Lexan have to get married. There are some who believes that there is life above their city whereas others who believe that there is no life and some even try to stop Astrea and Lexan. That is when Stian, a young teenager, arrives in their city from the city above ground and things get bit confusing and edgy when Astrea have to make a correct choice by either trusting or by following the rules by the book.Not being a much fan of the dystopian genre, and after reading a horrible dystopian series, The Selection by Kiera Cass, I think, I'll mark Starbright as one of my favorite dystopian series, and I really request all the YA lovers to give this book a chance, because you won't be disappointed, where there is appropriate action, reasoning, world-building and not to mention, an extremely irresistible love triangle.The author's writing style fascinated me which has been layered with emotions, the author's imaginative power and lots of strong logic to build a strong and believable world. But there are lots of unanswered questions and I'd request the readers to have patience since this is a series and if every question and secret is revealed in this book, then there will be no option for a second book. The prose is articulate with fast-paced plot. The narrative is fine not too exciting or engaging, but what I loved the most is the way the story progressed and the way the author have unfolded the story with a bit of compassion and a lots of untold mysteries. The characterization is strongly done and the well-developed characters leave an impressionistic mark upon the readers mind, especially Lexan and Astrea, but unfortunately I couldn't connect well with Stian. Some might get annoyed with Astrea's demeanor who is a bit of a rebel and impulsive and immature in nature, but trust me, this attitude of Astrea matches perfectly with the story whereas Lexan is a great dude with delicious looks and with a villainous mind-set, and I felt completely allured towards Lexan and his ways. Stian, on the other hand, is dark, mysterious and not have much to reveal his intentions and also I think the author could have sketched him with a bit of compassion.If you're not a big fan of love triangles, then do not read this book, since, it'll annoy you. And for those who like it, I will say that simply go for the book, which the author have portrayed with lots of heat, intense and passion that makes the love triangle justified to the plot. The inevitable chemistry between Stian and Astrea and Astrea and Lexan will will make the readers to keep wanting more of these two pairs.Anyways there is lot of mystery to look out for and quite a bit of action to keep the readers on their edges, overall, this is an entertaining book and Justice Buried gives a promising start to the Starbright series.Verdict:Highly recommended to all the YA dystopian lovers. Courtesy:Thanks to YA Bound Book Tours for the review copy!

  • Vippi
    2019-04-27 23:27

    ~ I received this book from Netgalley, in exchange for a honest review ~I was drawn to this novel by two factors: 1) the gorgeous, attractive cover (I know, never judge a book by its cover… but all my good intensions went out of the window)2) an enthusiastic review I read that made me crave to read this one.The theme of a society that lives underground and puts its destiny in the hand of never-seen stars seemed really appealing to me.We worship the sun and the planets. We do everything according to our birthday – vocations, partners, everything.The idea of a “strong female lead” (cit.) who dared to question the current state of play intrigued me, too.I want to create my own destiny. But this is Asphodel, and that will never happen.Well, although it had an interesting premise, Justice Buried turned out to be a disappointment.Plenty of reasons are behind this verdict:1) I couldn't connect with the MC at all. I didn’t like Astrea. She was supposed to be a strong, determined heroine. Instead I had this shallow, undecided girl… Furthermore, everything was spiced up by her absurd choices and unrealistic actions. An example? When she met Stian and discovered that he came from the outside she wasn’t shocked/curious and barely asked a couple of questions about his world (N.B. Asphodel inhabitants were quite convinced that they were the only survivors after the Sickness) and started telling him her problems… but that’s not all, she didn’t know anything about him, but she trusted him nevertheless and (view spoiler)[spent the night cuddled up in his arms even when she discovered he had lied to her… (hide spoiler)]2) the love triangle. Ok, I’m not at all a fan of love triangles… but I think it would be too much even if you like this stuff: Astrea spent her (an my) time back and forth between the two guys (Lexan, the charmer, and Stian the mysterious outsider) and guess what? She couldn’t make up her mind and kept changing her opinion of the two boys. 3) the story lacked world-building. We got only brief glimpses about the mysterious Sickness, the prophecy or Asphodel society organization and, even if most of the story took place in the underground city, it was never properly described.4) too many secrets. IMO some secrets and hidden truths can make a story even more spicy… but it seemed that everybody in Asphodel was keeping secrets, that nobody could be trusted. On the one hand, I didn’t understand why Astrea’s parents, Lexan or Brenn were so secretive with her; on the other hand, I thought it was quite impossible to keep stuff hidden in a small city (trapped underground) and under the constant watchful eye of Keirna (the First Leader, our antagonist).5) Keirna’s behaviour was a wild card: she was cruel, power-hungry and cold-blooded. She didn’t want to see the prophecy fulfilled and pass the sceptre to Astrea. So why she waited 17 years before trying to get rid of Astrea?All in all, too many things didn’t add up.Although the idea could be brilliant, the delivery was not satisfactory.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • Dianne
    2019-04-25 00:31

    When disaster wipes out most of humanity, three cities were formed from the survivors. One went underground where it has remained, currently governed by a ruthless dictator. Following the signs of the Zodiac, mates are matched and one teen has been prophesied to be the savior of her world, freeing them from their underground life. But,will her personal quest for free will and her denial of who she is change the fate of the only world she has known?Astrea bears the diamond marks of the future leader, Lexan is fated to be her mate, but Astrea is determined that no one will dictate her life, her future or her destiny. Little did she know Fate had its own plan for her and it all started with an intruder from the surface. JUSTICE BURIED by Hilary Thompson is set in a dystopian world where the clans of survivors on the surface and those who took to the underground caves fear each other, believe the worst and fail to come together in the interest of survival. Astrea is far too much of an independent thinker, too strong-willed and curious to be molded into the figurehead her people need. She is also a threat to the current leader who knows Astrea is not drinking the Koolaid of lies and half-truths. It was the discovery of a surface dweller, Stian, the intrigue he held and the promise of learning of a new world, the world her people have been deprived of that sets a new course for Astrea and awakens a power she never knew she had.Throughout this tale there is high tension, mistrust and Astrea’s personal emotions to deal with as we discover hidden truths, and a world on the surface where the beauty of nature and its wonder, the kindnesses of strangers and what the power of free will can really do as she travels into a world where the sun shines, the rain falls and the blowing wind touches faces. Can you imagine never having felt the heat of the sun, seen the glow of the moon? Hilary Thompson dug deep to describe Lexan and Astrea’s reactions and it was amazing!I received this copy from Hilary Thompson in exchange for my honest review.Series: Starbright - Book 1Publisher: Oftomes Publishing; 2 edition (June 14, 2016)Publication Date: June 14, 2016Genre: Sci-fi | FantasyPrint Length: 330 pagesAvailable from: Amazon | Barnes & NobleFor Reviews & More: http://tometender.blogspot.com

  • JuvariyyaYousuf
    2019-05-15 04:41

    “Trust isn’t always about telling the truth in everything, Trea. Yes, you need honesty to develop trust. But trust also involves knowing someone will be there to hold you when you can’t even get out of bed. Someone who will stay with you, even when you don’t deserve it, because their world doesn’t turn without you in it.” I got this copy through an e-book giveaway! And I am so glad I did!This is by far one of the most unique book I've read.The stars, horoscopes and zodiac signs always intrigued and reading about in such a tantalizing way was an amazing treat! I love the protagonist's name- Astrea Her character development is tremendous through out the book but I only have one teeny tiny bit problem of her choosing someone else who might not be right for her!Yes folks you have a love triangle ahead and trust me it agitates me a lot!well I hope Astrea chooses the one whose been always there for her and not just turned up now!Team L !Can't wait to read the next book!do check this out!

  • Kathy (My Nook Books and More)
    2019-04-25 05:33

    I was drawn to Justice Buried first by the cover which is really eye catching. The synopsis also appealed to me because it had been a while since I read a Dystopian novel. I am so glad I took a chance on this book because Justice Buried is an exciting story!!I have read a couple of Young Adult Dystopian novels and they all have the common theme – a society that appears perfect, young characters that rebel, and a love triangle. Justice Buried has all this but I found the story unique and creative. It did start out slow and at first I was confused with the description of the society, Asphodel. But as I continued to read I came to the realization that Asphodel is actually a future society that is built underground on Earth. We also learn that the society is designed around astronomy, which is easier to accept than most science fiction worlds. I think it would have been helpful if the author had included a brief prologue describing this Earth, that way readers would have had a smooth transition into the story.Even though the story started slow I did love the characters of Justice Buried. Astrea (aka Trea) is 16-years-old and is believed to be the “savior” of Asphodel. Her entire future has been planned for her – who she will marry, what vocation (job) she will have, and that she has to save Asphodel. Of course this is a lot for anyone to deal with, especially a 16-year-old. So rather than go along with her “destiny” Trea fights it at any chance she gets. This is what I love about her. Trea may come across as a spoiled, unruly kid but really she is fighting the “perfect” society that she lives in. This society determines a person’s fate on their astrological symbol instead of what a person truly wants. Trea’s choices are taken away from her and she isn’t given a chance to learn who she is. All she knows is who she is supposed to be. Trea is a strong character which I always love seeing in Young Adult story.I also really liked Lexan, the boy that Trea is arranged to be married to. Lexan is also part of the prophecy that will save Asphodel. Trea has always had a dislike for Lexan because she felt he was untrustworthy. As the story develops secrets are revealed and we see a different side of Lexan. Lexan is charming, loyal and heroic. So for the love triangle I am torn between Lexan and the mysterious stranger Stian. I can’t help but like both guys, which is always a good sign for me of a great writer! The author developed both these characters so well that it isn’t a clear cut decision of who is good or bad. There are so many twists to this story it kept me entertained and glued to the book. I can’t wait to see what happens next!Justice Buried is an impressive debut for author Hilary Thompson. There are so many Young Adult Dystopian books to compete with and I think the author does a great job of standing out. Justice Buried has something everyone will enjoy – mystery, adventure and romance. I highly recommend this to fans of Young Adult!

  • Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)
    2019-04-25 05:43

    So obviously, I was drawn in by this amazing cover. Seriously, gorgeous. And then upon reading the description, I knew I was in. I found this book to be quite refreshing, because I have yet to encounter an astrology-infused dystopian. Perhaps there is another, but I certainly haven't come across it!The main character, Astrea, is in a bit of a pickle. Her life has been dictated for her, based on some equinox/zodiac situation that was put into play long before she was even born. I have a feeling that the subsequent books will provide answers to the multitude of questions I have about these shenanigans. But, because no one wants to be told what to do and who to marry, she isn't particularly happy with her situation, with Lexan, her groom-to-be, or Keirna, the leader of Asphodel.I kind of loved all of the characters, even the ones that were "love-to-hate" situations. Astrea may have been immature, but since she is sixteen, I kind of expect her to have some growing up to do. Lexan intrigued me throughout, and I want to know much, much more about him. And, to address the love triangle, yes, it exists. Stian is the only character who I am not sure I cared for. But maybe there will be more about him at a later date that will make me feel differently. Confession: I have absolutely no issues with a love triangle, so it didn't bother me at all. Some readers who adamantly despise love triangles may feel differently, but I simply don't mind them, as long as they make sense to the story, which this one most definitely does.The plot was definitely enjoyable, moved at a quick pace, and was intriguing. I needed to know what was going on, so I wanted to keep reading. Sure, there were a few predictable moments, but overall, my attention was definitely kept.There were two things I didn't like about the book: 1. I wanted more information on why the heck they were so into this whole prophecy/astrology business. I kind of needed to know, but am hoping it will be forthcoming. 2. I kind of don't get Astrea's waffling back and forth all the time. Let me rephrase that: I get it, but it is annoying.Those minor qualms aside, this was a solid book with characters that I was genuinely invested in and a storyline that I cannot wait to see unfold. Because I have a lot of questions!

  • Nichole Mohler
    2019-05-04 05:37

    I received a copy of this book from NetGalley. One hundred years ago, The Great Sickness or Cleansing wiped out everyone but the people in 3 cities. The city of Asphodel has been underground since then. They never go above ground, have never seen the sun, or anything. Now, according to prophecy, Lexan and Astrea are supposed to lead their people out of Asphodel and go above now that the Great Sickness has passed. Was the Great Sickness an act of God, or was it man-made? I enjoyed this book, although it completely left me hanging and wanting more.

  • Louisa
    2019-04-23 02:30

    Great book, was a bit iffy at first, but yeah, just really sucked me in and was addicting! Now to read more!

  • Boyko Ovcharov
    2019-05-03 05:28

    Thought Provocation!Great sci-fi work, thought-provoking and convincing. A bit too convincing even in view of the current state of affairs on a worldwide scale.

  • Maxinereads
    2019-04-30 05:54

    Loved this book it reminded me of the book Enclave.The people live under ground and they live by astrology, there leader is not so nice, and a girl called Astrea and a boy called Lexen are due to take over but a stranger finds his way inside and gets Court so Astrea and Lexan help him escape, if you like dystopian your like this enjoyable read.

  • Stephanie (Reading is Better With Cupcakes)
    2019-05-04 04:43

    Isn't this cover just gorgeous? I won't lie. I totally chose to read this one because of the cover. I couldn't help myself. Thankfully reading this one did not end up being a mistake. The story contained within is truly worthy of this beautiful artwork.Imagine yourself in a future world where everything is dictated by what astrological sign you are born under. Your vocation, the colors you are allowed to wear, who you will eventually partner with, it is all decided by what your zodiac sign is.Now imagine yourself in a city that is underground. No one alive and living in the city has ever seen the sky, the moon, or the sun. They have only experienced life living in a city that exists in a cave. History tells you that at least two other cities have existed outside and above ground, but no one alive knows if they are still there - as your city was created to save humans from dying for a horrible sickness.This is the world Astrea has grown up in. However, she has even fewer choices than normal girls her age. Astrea is part of a prophecy. Her birth, and the birth Lexan the boy she is told she must partner with when they are old enough, was a sign that it will soon be time for the citizens of Asphodel to come out from their cave city and explore the world above. To top it off, Astrea is expected to be the leader of this new world. Astrea really hates not having choices and she really hates that one day she will be partnered with Lexan.As the day Astrea and Lexan are to officially "choose" each other as partners for life, Astrea's world starts to unravel. She isn't sure who she can trust. She isn't even sure if her own parents are there to help her or not. All she knows is that her life is in danger. Then to top it all off, she meets a boy from the outside world. Can she at least trust him?This world was brilliantly crafted. I had absolutely no trouble imagining it as I read along. I thought the Zodiac idea was excellently executed and very creative of Hilary Thompson. She did really well showing the personality traits of the signs into their owners. Astrea definitely felt like an Aries.Like many YA books, there is a love triangle. I thought it was done well. I must say though that at this time I still do not trust either boy. I like Astrea as the head strong female she is and I hope her character never fully develops into one that constantly needs a boy to help her.One of the things that irked me the most about Justice Buried was that I felt Astrea went a little backwards in her development. She is a very head strong, dependent female. She ended up losing herself a bit at one point. This would be fine if she found herself again, but I don't feel that she ever really did. I hope this problem is rectified in the sequel.This book was very engrossing. I enjoyed the world immensely. I definitely recommend people pick this one up. My Rating4 out of 5 starsYou can find more of my reviews here:http://readingwithcupcakes.blogspot.com/This review is based on an eARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley.

  • Linsy
    2019-04-22 02:27

    First and foremost, if you hate love triangles, do not read this book. This book had that type of love triangle where the stupid girl is all back and forth between the two guys whilst also being back and forth in her opinion of the two guys. She liked him, she hated him, she liked him, she hated him. And round and round it went. It was soooo annoying. She'd be saying how much she liked one guy one page, and the next page she'd say how glad she was she chose not to trust him. And then she liked one guy, but thought about the other guy, and was back to the first guy, but then was all into the second guy, and on and on it went. It felt like she should have been two different characters or something. Like, whaaa? Totally confusing. Get yourself together girl. First, pick a guy. Then, decide if you like him or not. (Note: I generally like love triangles... So my dislike here is really saying something.)Also, similarly really annoying and really confusing was her actual character. The way she acted never really matched with what she thought. The whole book was told from her perspective, and she was all whiny and weak about stuff. Always saying that she "couldn't breathe," or that her "heart wasn't beating," or blocking out something that was too much to take. But then her actions made her out to be like she should have been some kind of kick-ass chick. She could throw a knife on a bullseye, climb a rope 80 feet to the ceiling, stand up to the bitch First Leader, and sneak around in the dark to do something basically illegal every night. It didn't match up. It made her character feel off.Now, all that aside, let's get to the story:This book was about a post-apocalyptic colony living underground safe from a world above that has been wiped out by disease. These people have never seen the sun before. And the society is less than perfect, somewhat of a dystopia really. Citizens are matched together by their astrological sign. In fact, astrology is so important to them, they have facial implants of their astrological sign made from jewels.So, the main character, Astrea, turns out to be part of a prophecy told 100 years before that basically says she and another boy, Lexan, will be saviors of their underground civilization, Asphodel. But Astrea hates Lexan. And Astrea doesn't want to have anything to do with the prophecy. Waaa, waaa, waaa. Enter Stian, the boy from outside who throws her world off its axis. (And we have our love triangle.)The premise of the story was really interesting. It was like part sci-fi, part post-apocalyptic, part dystopian, and maybe part mythological (that is still up for debate, but mentions of Asphodel, Hates, The Fates, Elysian Fields, and more leave me thinking...). And the writing was different. There were a lot of great metaphors that made for some good imagery, but it was always buried in the annoying love triangle or frustrating weak and whiny voice of the main character.I guess, basically, I think the story would have been much more interesting with a better main character.

  • Sydney♛booksofkings ♚
    2019-05-04 05:30

    3.5 stars. review to come when I'm less likely to bitch out/about the main charcter and her stupid choices.Alright, let's see if I can write a good review without gettin super annoyed at Astrea aka our main Character.FIrst off I want to say if you like Greek Mythology in any way shape or form, run don't walk to this book because it is DEFINITELY for you. This book combines amazing references to Greek mythology with hints of zodiac (Stars not Chinese) and just a very slight touch to Christianity Religion. THree cities have been made after a "sickness/plague/'forced population reduction'" no idea what actually killed most of the population but 3 Cities were made by the 3 sisters and they are named after the 3 areas of the Underworld, Elysium, Tartarus, & Asphodel.Astrea & Lexan, our two main characters and prophesied star-crossed lovers (aka fated to be, which shocker they both don't like) live in Asphodel and are just weeks before Choosing Day where they will 'choose' each other and begin the prophesy that could lead Asphodel to finally leave underground. Well our special little MC, Astrea doesn't like this and as an Aries born on the Spring Equinox, she has quite the stubborn & strong temper. And she let's basically the whole of Asphodel know she hates Lexan. Of course though, she has a special secret meditation room where she can calm herself and not actually blow a whole in the cave roof.So fast forward, a person from "Above/outside" has arrived in her Secret room and pushed Astrea to truly think she can have a choice in her life and not end up with LExan or as First Leader as it is prophesied with her birth. Which is also the arrival of OBNOXIOUS LOVE TRIANGLE TROPEI'm sorry but this book really didnt need a love Triangle and it really does it poorly in my opinion. SHe strings a long both guys for practically the majority of the story. She can't trust/like Lexan bc he had originally represented her lack of choice but yet they can be friends but then Stian shows up and she is gaga for this guy. LIterally she finds out he played her and could possibly have a GF back home and has all but kidnapped her AND SHE GOES BACK/CHOOSES HIM!!Literally, i wanted to shake this girl and scream at her to stop being stupid. Fine you want to dick you can't trust, FINE. Lexan doesnt' deserve you then anyway.Plot 5/5World Building 5/5Romance 2/5Characters:Astrea 3/5Lexa 4.5/5 (he grows on you so much)Stian .5/5 i want to punt him off a cliffKierna 4/5 She is making a great Antagonist.Overall, I loved the plot and the story in general but the stupid decisions to be with Stian and just her kind of stupid decisions in general really brough it down. I will evevtually read the rest. i love the world building and how it combines Zodiac & Greek Mythology so beautifully. I really like the author's writing style just not this particularly Main Character.

  • Fay Roberts
    2019-05-15 00:28

    There's a beautiful symmetry in the way the intricate and intriguing cover perfectly mirrors the captivating story inside.100 years after a great sickness possibly destroyed the planet, the population of Asphodel lives in an underground society strictly controlled by a theocracy based on the zodiac - stars they have never seen. Their vocations and partners are chosen based on compatibility with their star signs and the 3000 strong society is busy and content due to a full schedule and medication from the healers. At the start of the sickness three cities were created to be a safe haven for unaffected people and the people of Asphodel are unsure if the other cities above ground have survived. Under the leadership of the formidable Keirna they are biding their time until a prophecy comes to fruition and they can leave their caves and start to rebuild above ground - is there is anything left to rebuild with.That time is now. Astrea was born on the spring equinox with a male child born on the autumn equinox. The people believe that Astrea is Justice reborn, sent from the stars to lead them into a new era and her future love Lenax will rule at her side. The only problem is Astrea doesn't believe, and she can't stand her future partner. Her hot-headed Aeries nature has her chaffing at the bit as she is constrained by the rules of society which go against her very nature. As the time arrives for her to formally choose Lenax as her partner and the first team of people will leave for the surface Astrea finds herself drawn into a web of deceit and intrigue surrounding the prophecy and the start of her civilization and finds her clashing with Keirna , who will not give up her power as First Leader at any cost., When she discovers someone from the world outside, and a way to get there, it looks like she may have found a way to choose her own destiny, but is she really selfish enough to leave her people behind?Target audience readers will immediately identify with Astrea and her hot temper. She is a perfect example of the emotions many of this age group feel as they choose a future path for their life. Older readers need to bear with her. As the story unfolds she matures and develops. In fact all of the main characters in this novel are fully fleshed out people. Thompson's world building is ambitious but successful and her main characters are developed and multi faceted. There may also be some adult eye-rolling at the complex romantic relationships that unfold but Thompson again handles these masterfully, giving us real emotions and mirroring the teenage, hormone driven back and forth that many experience. I'd much rather a tangled web of ever changing feelings than the clear cut "we are so in love to the exclusion of everything else" that often appears in a YA. A wonderful coming of age story set against a back drop of action and intrigue. In Justice Buried, Hilary Thompson reached for the stars and made it.

  • Rose
    2019-05-06 07:47

    Imagine a scientist married to a wealthy survivalist. They create an astrology cult, prophesize the end of the world, create an underground city, unleash a virus to kill off the population and then shut the doors on the outside world for about a century. Sounds like good reading to me. Now, some of this was not stated outright but eluded to throughout the story. I assume some secrets have to also be kept for the later books.Astrea is a 17 year old girl living in the underground city of Asphodel. Her Choosing Day is quickly approaching – this is the day they choose who their spouse will be. Unfortunately, Astrea was born on the spring equinox making her the next Leader, which means she has no choice but to marry the boy, Lexan, also born on an equinox, and this all ties in nicely with a prophesy about leading the people of Asphodel back to the outside world. The problem is the current Leader likes her job and isn't above killing to keep it. It was a reasonably fun story to read but a few things struck me as odd. Here are a couple of examples: - The people of Asphodel have onyx stones embedded in their face to show off their astrological sign. Nothing says commitment to your cult like having rocks embedded permanently into your skin.- The people are constantly being given drugs. Some to kill pain, some to make you happy, etc. Now, regardless of the initial quality of drugs, they all have an expiry date and it’s nowhere near a century. They live underground so I assume access to what’s needed to make these drugs is limited if not non-existent, but they are handed out like candy…or Kool-aid (sorry, cult reference). - The population is around 3,000 and they are trapped together. How is it possible that everyone doesn't know each other? In fact, being together for that long, I would think they are possibly all related to each other.I will admit that being a tad older than the target group for this book, which is probably late teens, does result in me pondering the little things that those slightly younger may just read over and not notice. Like the fact that the city is never described. I didn't know of these were all connected caverns or one gigantic hole with houses built. Or the fact that Astrea is angry. Really, really angry all the time. Talk about teen angst. Or that by the end she feels that everyone she has known has betrayed her but I can only think of one person who has betrayed her and he’s the new guy. She barely knows him. Regardless of these things, I really think the late teen/early twenties group will really like this book.

  • Missie
    2019-05-20 00:42

    The synopsis for Justice Buried was so interested I could not wait to be part of this tour. I was pleasantly surprised with the original storyline.Likes:I love when books are unique and don’t seem like something you have a read a million times before. There was so astrology and mythology within the story, but it was fresh and new.The idea of living underground in caves was so captivating. And the culture these citizens had created was so interesting.I loved how Astrea and Lexan were paired and were given the role of being the next leaders of Asphodel because of when they were born.There was mystery in the story and it was a quick, enjoyable read. I am definitely going to read the 2nd book in the series, which I believe is still slated to come out later this year.The safe house was really one of the coolest things for me, I imagined this crazy, hidden tree house on the edge of a mountain and a lake. I so wanted to live there!Gripes:Astrea is kinda immature in the beginning. I can totally understand that being forced to be partnered with someone and lead Asphodel would be hard. I just feel like she was a baby at the beginning. I really wanted her to embrace herself and her role earlier on in the book.There is a love triangle. I really, really liked on of the boys (no spoiler here) so I had a hard time with the story because it was not going where I wanted it to go. I am hoping my wishes will come true in the rest of the series. Quotes:I’m not a princess and I don’t want a knight in armor,” I say, my tone a little fiercer than I intended, “I want someone who will stand by my side and help me if I ask for it, but trust me to save myself.”Disclaimer: A complimentary copy of the ebook was provided to me by the author and publisher in exchange of an honest review. The views expressed above are entirely my own and are in, no way, affected by the source of this book.For more reviews visit A Flurry of Ponderings

  • Paula M. of Her Book Thoughts!
    2019-04-20 23:42

    3.5"I want to create my own destiny. But this is Asphodel, and that will never happen."Hi! Sorry, I was too busy staring at one of the most gorgeous cover I’ve ever seen! Oh wow. What a unique concept. Justice Buried stands out from all of the dystopian books I’ve read this year so far. Dystopia novels are all over the place now. I actually find the genre too crowded. So it’s nice to read a book like Justice Buried. It’s a refreshing read!! Me while reading: Fascinated and Confused. I love the whole astrology and mythology mix up. I thinks it’s awesome that at every chapter, the reader were informed by Asphodels history with the help of the excerpts from their history books. BUT, it lacks of description and information. The excerpts aren’t enough. There’s a lot of questions here you see: How did it all happen? How can they possibly live underground for so loong? And uhmm, what exactly does the environment looks like? But then I realized, this is a series. So yeah, hopefully I’ll get some answers by the second book. You guys, this has a love triangle. I’ve said this a million times, I DON’T HANDLE LOVE TRIANGLES VERY WELL. The romance here is intense. I’m actually conflicted. Usually, when I’m introduced to the characters I already know who I want to end up together. But this one’s interesting because I actually liked both of the guys. So I don’t know okay.. I just don’t.Overall: Justice Buried has a unique concept, a fascinating world and a brave main female lead. A must read!!

  • Jillyn
    2019-05-04 04:48

    I have to say, this book was a very pleasant surprise. I really enjoyed the way that the author combined elements of myth and astrology to create a new world. The setting and the characters were well described, and it was easy to lose myself in the story telling. I thought it was really cool how fate came into play to tie characters together, and Thompson did a good job expanding and creating the more fantastical elements to this dystopian novel. I also really liked both of the love interests....That's right. Both. There's a love triangle. It was exceptionally painful for me since I didn't hate either of them (normally I love one and hate the other with a passion). The character that irked me the most was in fact the lead heroine, Astrea. She came off as a lot of other girls do in literature: whiny and immature. It got better as the book went on, but it was definitely something that caught my attention while reading. All in all, fans of romances (with love triangles) and dystopian young adults would be well advised to give Justice Buried. It has a unique setting with mythical elements that make it a book that's easy to get into. While it wasn't perfect, I would definitely pick up the next book to see how the saga continues. I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. This review can also be found on my blog, Bitches n Prose.

  • Mercy
    2019-04-28 23:43

    Full review can be found here.Thanks to NetGalley for providing this copy in exchange for an honest review.Justice Buried is an engaging tale of a young MC, Astrea and her chosen path in a prophecy set long before her birth. There are a lot of stories about the main character being a part of something bigger, something set in stone before they even existed, so it takes a lot to make it original. Tying in the set prophecy with the zodiac and a plan to keep a city's people in the dark about the leader's true intentions, Justice Buried definitely sets itself apart from other books dominating the bookshelves... (More via website)

  • Rivalie (Le Petit Photograph)
    2019-04-20 06:29

    3.5/5 stars

  • Bailey
    2019-05-15 07:26

    Justice Buried is an interesting dystopian novel about a community of people who have been living underground for over a century. Retreating to their cave home after the great "Sickness" swept over the world, they don't know if they are the only ones left on Earth. Astrea has been prophesied to be their next leader, and she is not excited about it. At. All. Astrea is angry and kind of a brat for most of the beginning of the book as she charges around and talks back to people with little regard for their thoughts or feelings. She does grow and become a much better character as the book goes on, but in the beginning she is not so easy to get along with. The world of Asphodel is very well constructed. The culture centered around astrological signs, the jewels embedded in the face, prophecies, how relationships and jobs are chosen, and the layout of the cave home are all wonderful elements that really pull you into the life they have created. The book is also full of secrets and side plots pulling you in every direction. You never know what ulterior motives people have, and there is such a beautiful web of lies built into the dystopian culture, that there are always more secrets waiting to be revealed. For the most part this is a very good book. The hardest part for me was getting through the beginning. This quote is an accurate representation of my feelings during the first part of the book: "Why can't you people just tell me everything you know, then we'll have a shot at me staying alive…" The beginning was hard to wrap my brain around because not only was I trying to maneuver through a new world, but I was also trying to figure out what trouble Astrea was in. It seemed as though everyone knew what was going on with Astrea except for her. Clues and hints were dropping left and right from a whole slew of characters. With so many characters slipping her tiny pieces of the puzzle here and there it made for a hard puzzle to try and put together. It made me wish that there were one character, who knew everything, that could just sit her down and tell her what was going on. Even just one character who would tell her the majority of what was happening and only refer to other people for a little help with information they don't have access to because of their position. Then they could come back and give Astrea that information when they acquired it. So between Astrea being a brat and the stuttered feeling of the information delivery, the beginning was a little hard to get through. However, I am very glad that I persisted, because once the book got rolling, it really got rolling. The ceremony, the capture, the escape, and the adventure in the outside world were all very well done. I was expecting more of a climactic moment at the end. It is a good ending. It is more of a soft ending, where the characters finally get settled into a safe place and then they take a break. So maybe a personal preference, but I would have liked a little nugget at the end to really draw me in for the next book. The romance throughout the book was fiery and pulse pounding. It was very well balanced with action, romance, and secrets. So this is another book where persistence pays off. Keep at it because despite a rocky start, this book is worth it in the end.

  • Donte McNeal
    2019-05-20 06:45

    Well, another Saturday, another book finished. I’m thinking of trying to do more than just one, but we’ll see about that. Anyway, today I’m talking about a book from a new author (new to me at least), Justice Buried by Hilary Thompson.Justice Buried is the first book in the Starbright series, and I’m not too sure how many books there will be, but Justice Buried is a story about Astrea, a young woman who is tasked with fulfilling a prophecy that has her as a savior of Asphodel, a city that has been underground for more than a century, after the world above ground has been devastated by the Great Sickness, an apocalyptic occurrence that all but destroyed the world as it was once known, leaving little more than three cities. Problem with the prophecy is, Astrea isn’t a believer in it, so we see her struggle to come to terms with her free will or lack thereof, with her significant other and future job, and role in the city’s future, already determined by the aforementioned prophecy.Astrea, being a rebellious young adult, fights this, refusers to accept or be happy about the lack of control she has over her own life. This trait is something I can respect in a character; sadly, that’s really the only thing I can say about the lead of this book that isn’t negative. To sum Astrea up, she’s whiny, naïve, immature and fickle, her stance on certain characters constantly shifting, sometimes so suddenly I almost got whiplash (not really, but you get my point). There are fewer things I dislike in leads more than fickleness.I would chock up her shortcomings to her youth, but there are young people around her who are more relatable and likeable. Astrea however, is not, an that squanders things for me. I can’t remember the last time I read a book that had a mc a found as annoying as I found Astrea. The “romance” of the book, if it can be called that, was underwhelming, unbelievable, and if I’m being honest, irritating. My standard for romance are high thanks to a series I got into a few years ago, and I measure every romantic relationship against those in that series (which isn’t really fair, but neither is life). The romantic relationships in this one just felt stale and at times, too contrived. That, along with the off-putting lead, dampened my enjoyment of this books creative world considerably. I’m interested in what happens next, but the follow-up definitely isn’t topping my tbr list.

  • Tony Parsons
    2019-04-19 23:53

    The great sickness had taken its toll on all humans, living creatures & plant life. 3 sisters would decide the fate of the world. Lachesis built the city of Asphodel all underground. Clotho decided Tartarus would lie in the hot desert. Aisa built Elysium at the edges of all the land.Someday the Starbright Maiden of Justice would return to rule over the PPL. 2168, The Choosing Day ceremony is part of Asphodel’s long tradition.Astrea (f, daughter, classmate) was discussing with her father, & Hetta (mother), spending the rest of her life with Lexan (m, classmate).Counselor Hali (f) will meet with Astrea for the last time. What does 1st. Leader Keirna (f, Classified Law) really want from the classmates? The Choosing Ceremony began with 3 entertainers singing the Asphodel’s (city) anthem.1st. Leader Keirna at the podium & announces names. Will Astrea choose Lexan? I did not receive any type of compensation for reading & reviewing this book. While I receive free books from publishers & authors, I am under no obligation to write a positive review, only an honest one. All thoughts & opinions are entirely my own.A very awesome book cover, great font & writing style. A very well written futuristic Apocalyptic/Dystopian book. It was very easy for me to read/follow from start/finish & never a dull moment. There were no grammar/typo errors, nor any repetitive or out of line sequence sentences. Lots of exciting scenarios, with several twists/turns & a great set of unique characters to keep track of. This could also make another great futuristic Apocalyptic/Dystopianmovie, an animated cartoon, or better yet a TV series. It was as exciting as I like them, so I will rate it at 4/5 stars. Thank you for the free Author; PDF book Tony Parsons MSW (Washburn)

  • Jamie (The Kansan Reader)
    2019-04-20 01:47

    For more of my reviews: https://jaynikkibelthoughts.wordpress...Alright first order of business, YA fantasy. I have found that lately I am staying away from YA books. Sure there are a few times a YA book comes across such as this one, but lately none have really captured my attention. This book did. It drew me in and didn't let go.Astrea isn't my favorite heroine but I did like her. Unlike certain heroines that I will not name, Bella, Astrea has the "I don't need no man" attitude. I like that in a heroine. If she does find a love interest that's fine but I love how she wanted to be independent and make her own choices.In the city of Asphodel, they believe everyone falls into a category. The categories are the Zodiac sign you were born under. When you hit a certain age you get onyx stones implanted, or in Astrea's case diamond, to show the constellation of your sign. Because you are born under this sign your life is planned out. Such as with a partner. A Taurus can't partner a Pieces. An Aries cannot partner a Virgo. But because Astrea and Lexan were born on the equinoxes, Spring and Autumn, they are destined to be together to start the prophecy to save Asphodel. Three major problems with that though. 1) Astrea is a non believer. 2) First Leader Kerina. 3) Astrea does not like Lexan.This is my first book by Thompson. I loved it. Can't wait to get the second book. I need to know what's next. I am so rooting for Lexan. I'm not a fan of Stian. He gives me the heeby jeebies. One thing I did not like is the end. (view spoiler)[I don't like love triangles and I certainly don't like love squares. (hide spoiler)]

  • Mary Jarwood
    2019-04-21 01:30

    Astrea, a sixteen year old female, has been chosen to be the next leader of the city of Asphodel after she was born on the Spring equinox, the first in one hundred years. Unfortunately she doesn't believe that she is the chosen one, just the one who was unfortunate enough to be born on that day. And then there is Lexan, born on the Autumn equinox, they are fated to be together, whether they want to or not. As their pairing day approaches they are both being prepared for their lives as future leaders and also, the hidden dangers that are slowly closing in around them. Astrea is a fiesty red head who has been pushing against her destiny since she was able to and like many around her, she thinks she is unable and unsuitable for the role as First Leader. It is only as the novel progresses and new information comes to light that many start to believe that she can lead them. Personally, I have read a lot of YA books with this plot device (reluctant leader comes into their own and kicks ass) so I already have a good idea where this novel will be leading. What would be a new twist today would be a leader who is ready and prepared only to fall at the last hurdle. That is not to say that Astrea is a 2D character, this is far from the case. She is well developed at sixteen but still has plenty of room to grow later in the series. My only problem was her love interests. Yet again a teenager has a form of insta-love (a pet hate of mine) and makes rash decisions based from this. Thankfully Thompson stops Astrea from repeating "I love you" to her mysterious boyfriend and instead has her question her feelings showing her to be more developed and guarded with these emotions. Unlike her boyfriend who experiences a serious case of insta-love. The star sign aspect to the novel was an interesting addition. While I myself do not follow my star sign or its attributes it seems like a plausible idea for choosing a life partner. If it wasn't using the star signs I would say this is more akin to a science fiction narrative where people are based upon their suitability to one another. And that is one thing that confused me about this novel, the use of the star signs set it in the genre of fantasy yet, the or environment and their past grounds it within science fiction. A combination that seems to go hand in hand. While this is a good book it does have its niggles. The insta-love was one that grated on me but, I can forgive it for Atrea'a reaction. There was a lot going on and nothing was being fully explained, as the main characters grappled to try and understand it so did I as a reader. While I can see that this is a set up for future novels some closure or more clarifying information would be preferable. It was a long novel. At several points I thought that I had reached the end only for it to continue. This isn't a particularly bad thing, there were just a lot of moments where the action died down and the novel slowed to a point of conclusion. Nearly all of the characters are relatable, if not likeable. Lexan is a well tuned counterpoint to Astrea's anger and more willing to sacrifice than she is. Stian (the boyfriend) is the annoying third wheel (despite being her boyfriend) who has most of the answers they seek. While the adults within the novel seem to either be hiding the truth or complacent as to what is happening. The novel has a lot of promise, I enjoyed it and would recommend it if people asked about it but, there were too many unanswered questions for me to lose myself in it. I hope in the next book we are finally given some answers as to how they are meant to take control of their city.

  • Shay
    2019-05-09 00:35

    My Rating: 3.5 - I'm Conflicted!Review - Seriously, conflicted. This was a really good book and I could have loved it except for a couple big things. This book has a lot going for it, it's dystopian-ish, it has some great mythology and astrology which I found very interesting and kinda awesome because it's not something I see a lot in books. I loved the plot and the world building, which reminded me in parts of Divergent not just the setting underground in a cave system that reminded me of Dauntless, but of the main character, she's feisty and makes some stupid reckless decisions in a true Tris way, yet she wasn't a total rip off of Tris at the same time.In this book a massive disease of some kind destroyed and killed most of the world separating it into three cities, Tartarus, Asphodel, and Elysium, one thing that I thought was interesting was the names of these cities but I was a little disappointed that that didn't play a bigger part in the story. It's generations after this disease ruined the world that the story takes place, Astrea lives in Asphodel and is destined to become the next leader and lead them back to the surface, and she hates it because she has no choices and the current leader wants to kill her so she can keep her potion and the story kinda progresses from there. Let's talk likes and dislikes, shall we?Likes - - Lexan - Lexan has his own destiny, he has to marry(partner with) Astrea who has never given him a chance, and help her lead Asphodel and there's this whole thing with his family and some kind of promise he made, it's all very interesting. I loved Lexan, he was my favorite character and I hated how Astrea treated him. He's kind and protective and sweet and nothing like she thinks he is, he does nothing to deserve the way she treats him. I just loved him and I wanted him to end up with Astrea even when she doesn't deserve him and I want to know more about what is going on with him and I just want him to be happy! - The World Building - While I would have liked a little more info on the other cities I assume that will be covered in the next book and I just loved the world in this book. It was interesting and original. -The Astrology - In Asphodel they base everything off of what sign you were born under, it dictates who you can marry, your job, even your personality. And I thought it was awesome. I have always been big into astrology and I just loved how it tied into these characters and the story, it was highly original and just awesome.Undetermined - - Astrea - I loved her in the beginning, I loved her all the way up to the part where Stian came into it. She is a hard character to like, she's a little b****y and she tries to rebel because she doesn't want all these choices made for her and she does it in a very immature and infuriating way and then she's surprised when bad things happen because of it, despite this I actually managed to like her, I started to love her when she started to accept Lexan and then in came Stian, who was...I don't know but I didn't like it. First not only does this start a very confusing love triangle, confusing because at times it seems as if she had no feelings at all for Lexan and he says that he just hoped something could be born between them and then at times she says and does things that make you think that she does like him, but then she doesn't? Maybe? But it also has a horrible case of insta-love made worse by the fact that personally I don't think Stian is a very likable character, their "love" is too fast and sloppy for it to feel even a little bit real and it made me hate both characters. For instance at one point over basically nothing Astrea decides she can't trust Lexan and then Stian does something really bad and she basically shrugs it off because part of trust is just being there for the person and knowing they will just lay with you when you can't get out of bed or something like that but that person isn't Stian it's Lexan! I just want to slap her, I swear!Dislikes - -Stian - I just hated him. He is a bland and fairly pointless character, I mean there is a reason for him but he doesn't do it well. He's the outsider and what not and needed but he needed to be a better character. There is no reason for Astrea to "love" him he is not lovable. In the end I know nothing about him, I don't understand him at all, he is nothing more than his purpose, he is nothing! Even Astrea admits more than once that she might only like him because he's new and different and a new way to rebel and oh my god I did not like him. It's not a case of I chose sides in the love triangle but of he is not a good character, he is not developed enough to make a good impact on the story. I didn't feel that he liked her or why either of them would like each other, he's very territorial, "oh me big scary man, you leave my girl, who I have known for all of five pages and kissed once, alone even though you've known her longer, she likes you more, oh and you know there's that whole you're going to marry her thing." I just did not like the way he's character was done. - The Love Triangle - I hate love triangles in general, just like insta love, but this triangle wasn't even done well, first of all I don't understand why either of the guys likes her, or why she likes Stian and she is constantly acting like she likes Lexan but it's like she doesn't even realize that's what she's doing. She seeks Lexan for comfort and when anything is wrong and it seems like all she wants Stian for is kisses though honestly she seems to like Lexans more!Overall - I did like the book don't get me wrong it's just I couldn't get over the problems because they were big ones. I have to like a main character and some people will probably love Astrea and they might love Stian too but I hated them and honestly I think the only reason I finished this book was because of Lexan and because I wanted to like Astrea but I couldn't like her when she was with Stian because I didn't feel that there was anything between those two characters. I will probably read the next book just to see where it goes and out of the hope that Astrea becomes a better person and of course for Lexan.Would I recommend this book? Yes. If it sounds interesting to you I urge you to pick it up it's worth the read and I think that a lot of people will love it.

  • Jenelle
    2019-05-04 04:34

    A decent read! Set in a future wiped out by disease, the main characters have been raised in an underground society obsessed with the zodiac and the placement of the sun and moon. This amused me, as they were underground :) I think this book could have been a little more fleshed out? They do stuff because that's what they are supposed to do, I guess. The prophecy and whatnot, I get it. But the whole intro, I didn't really feel connected to the characters. I LIKE Astrea, but I don't understand why she does half of what she does. Why does she start taking pills that she knows everyone has warned her against? Why does she flirt with the aggressive boy repeatedly? Why does she keep running back and forth between Lexan and Stian? Maybe this is just that well written...she's a fickle teenage girl, she's infuriating. I also felt like there were an awful lot of hints dropped, but weren't resolved. All the prophecy stuff, why are all the other people looking for Astrea's underground community? What the heck was going on with her parents? What was the little bit at the end about the prophecy outdating the sicknesS? I dunno, I guess that's why it's a series. The story took some interesting turns, and I honestly expected their breakout to the surface to be the end of the book. I did like this, and I'm definitely curios to see where the story goes.

  • Bianca Hanganu
    2019-04-29 02:34

    Review originally posted on my blog.The first word that crosses my mind when I think about Justice Buried is ”innovation”. That is because the first book in the Starbright series follows the young-adult book pattern, but it also features new, innovative assets.The story is set in a post-apocalyptic world which consists of three cities - Asphodel, Tartarus, Elysium - and some Tribes. Asphodel is the underground city, ruled by the First Leader and organised according to the zodiac, which dictates every citizen's future vocation and life partner. Astrea lives in Asphodel, she is an Aries and because she was born on the Spring Equinox, she must become the next First Leader and partner (marry) with Lexan, who was born on the Autumn Equinox. Nevertheless, things get really complicated because of Trea's stubbornness and daring and because of Keirna's (the current First Leader) plans concerning both Astrea's and Lexan's future. Many secrets come to the surface, which makes it even harder for Trea to handle the tasks. She receives a helping hand from Stian (the "handsome stranger") but, of course, problems don't simply vanish.What is fascinating about this novel, to my mind, is the mix of genres. While reading the first part I was feeling like reading high-fantasy. Naturally, there are plenty elements in Justice Buried that have no place in a high-fantasy book, but maybe it was the very interesting belief in stars of the people in Asphodel that gave me this feeling of travelling not forward but back in time. Later (when some discoveries and huge events take place), I felt I was reading dystopian, and the last part of the book brought me back to the high-fantasy feel. I utterly enjoy this blend of genres, as I enjoy the use of astrology concepts, which fit perfectly with the setting, and help a lot with the world-building. I have always been interested in the zodiac signs and I have never thought that I will get to read a book involving this subject, so it was such a great surprise for me to discover the importance of the zodiac coordinates for the life course in Asphodel. This also made me reflect upon how would it be if we, people who live on Earth in the present time, lived according to this system.The characters are various and it is hard not to pick out a favourite, or at least a character that slowly manages to win your heart. Astrea is a real Aries - dynamic, impetuous, lively, impatient. Surely, she is not my favourite character. She is too childish sometimes, irresponsible, and she gets nervous extremely quickly (this is somehow understandable; I would be frustrated too if my destiny were commanded and I were left with no power of decision). It annoys me that she pretends she doesn't need help, nor to be saved, yet there are some occasions when she actually needs both, liberally. Moreover, I believe that in the beginning she is way too focused on the fact that she must partner with Lexan but forgets that she will also become the First Leader, quite a responsability if you ask me. Still, I consider I would get along with her - Brenn (training teacher) certainly does, therefore I and Trea could stay in the same room without clenching our horns. Lexan, on the other hand, won irreversibly my sympathy. As a matter of fact, he is one of the few male characters that I fell in love with not just for the looks, but for the personality. At a first glance Lexan may seem just like the typical bad boy. In reality though he is a devoted, responsible Libra. I would say he is even rather sensible. However, I will talk more about him in the Lexan's Pledge review to come. One thing is sure: we two would be good friends. Other characters that caught my attention are: Aitan (Lexan's brother), and I can't wait to read Aitan's Revenge to discover him in detail, Astrea's mother, a very likeable Pisce and even Keirna (I picture her as a highly beautiful woman).Furthermore, I need to mention that this book has a love triangle, but I assure you it is not a stereotypical one. This love triangle involves Astrea, Lexan and Stian. Although I am mad at Astrea due to the fact that she acts so rude with Lexan (as if it were his fault for her already written destiny), I tend to understand her attraction towards Stian, because he is the only one who doesn't order her to do so and so, he is the only one who advises her to live according to her own rules, not according to the stars and a prophecy. That is one of the reasons why I think Justice Buried involves some psychological aspects that readers should take into account when characterizing a character. Astrea starts, at some point, realising some things and questioning herself; she evolves - when you reach the end of the book you can see an obvious evolution of her attitudine and way of thinking and this affects the love triangle. This leads me to other innovative components: Astrea in person - she appears to be the chosen one, the only savior, but the reality is different (related to this Stian's Mistake and Lexan's Pledge provide some significant information); Lexan - as I have already mentioned, he is not the prototypical bad boy who attracts all the girls just because he's good-looking and the stars wanted him to be so charming, he is much more.One thing I would have changed is the age. Sixteen (and seventeen) seems to me a very young age for partnering (after a ceremony where girls must choose a partner, they must date for a year and then be together forever after) and choosing a vocation. It is not a hindrance, but I feel eighteen would have made the whole situation more believable. In addition, to my view, the world-building needs improvement - I felt a lack of description when it came to settings.Overall, I enjoyed this book a lot and I definitely recommend it. Justice Buried is a delightful mix of fantasy, dystopian and romance which results in an exciting journey.

  • Cathy
    2019-05-17 06:41

    I received a free copy of this book from the author for my honest review.Over a hundred years, after the great sickness, the world is divided into three parts. One of those parts is Asphodel, a huge cavern where people have been sealed in to stay safe from the sickness. The Zodiac signs have become as a religion to the people and your birth sign rules your life. Two young people, a boy, Lexan, and Astrea, a young girl are the chosen Leaders of the future. The date of their birth determined their role in life. As the young couple begin to prepare for their future roles, they undergo physical training, the history of their city, and the secrets hidden by previous leaders. But into the midst of their lives comes an astounding change, danger, and threats of death. Ms. Thompson accomplishes an exciting tale of what life in the distant future could be like. The character are well developed, but like teenagers of thousands of years, they are very frustrating, confused and frightened. They are brave and full of hope for what the future holds.