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Peek Inside Star-Crossed

Princess Vela’s people are starving. Can she make the ultimate sacrifice and accept a genetic modification that will save them all?


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Princess Vela’s people are starving.

Stranded on a planet that lacks food, Vela makes the ultimate sacrifice and becomes an Aegis for her people. Accepting a genetic modification that takes sixty years off her life, she can feed her colony via nutrition pills. But her best friend is still getting worse. And she’s not the only one.

Now the king is dying, too.

When the boy she’s had a crush on since childhood volunteers to give his life for her father’s, Vela realizes her people need more than pills to survive. As tensions rise between Aegis and colonists, secrets and sabotage begin to threaten the future of the colony itself.

Unless Vela is brave enough to save them all…


“With cleverly written characters, an intriguing world, and heart-wrenching conflicts, Pintip Dunn delights with her exciting science fiction novel. Readers who love tough choices and high stakes will love Star-Crossed.” — Jodi Meadows, New York Times bestselling author  

"With a prose as incandescent as a nebula, and a romance that blazes like the sun, Star-Crossed utterly consumed me from the very first page. Readers will savor this riveting, emotional tale of hope and supreme sacrifice." ―Darcy Woods, award-winning author of Summer of Supernovas

“A bold and original YA sci-fi novel about love, survival and sacrifice. Everything about this book is fresh, addictive, and mind-bending. Good luck putting it down!” — Meg Kassel, award-winning author of Black Bird of the Gallows

"Pintip Dunn’s creative worldbuilding brings to life a delicious tale full of depth and complexity with a bold heroine filled with love, loyalty, and courage. Star-Crossed will transport readers to another universe and leave them hungry for more!" ―Brenda Drake, NYT bestselling author of the Library Jumpers series

"Pintip Dunn has crafted one multi-course meal of a story: a fascinating premise to whet the appetite, an entree of utterly compelling world-building seasoned with literary prose, and a forbidden romance that has all the decadence of the richest dessert. It’s well worth savoring!" ―Jen Malone, author of Wanderlost and Changes in Latitudes

“With STAR-CROSSED, author Pintip Dunn gives us original world-building and a strong heroine made of equal parts grit and passion, two characteristics needed to break apart the rules that govern her hungry, desperate, and complex planet. A government that revolves around the currency of food made for the most compelling read all year. Dunn's stunning tale of Vela and Carr will sweep any reader into their orbit. This heart-pounding romance of love and sacrifice is impossible to put down. This book will make you consider every morsel you put in your mouth, and every sacrifice you're willing to make for those you love. Dunn has written high-"steaks" page turner. (See what I did there? ;))” — Erin Summerill, award-winning author of the Clash of Kingdoms series 

“I was easily immersed in this world and really came to like the characters and root for them along the way and with a gut-wrenching end to the story this one rated at 4.5 stars for me, definitely recommend giving it a try!” ―Carrie’s Book Reviews

Star-Crossed is my new favorite book by Pintip Dunn.” ― I’ll Be Fine Alone Reads

“This novel and its plot were powerful and original. Towards the end I could almost feel Veila’s despair and Carr’s resignation. It made me emotional, but also grateful: this fantasy YA experiment I have been conducting since last May, has allowed me to discover so many delicate gems. And Star-Crossed definitely fits into this category.” ―Books to Liv By

“At its core, Star-Crossed isn't just about two young lovers--it's about all of the star-crossed, complicated loves a person can have. Friendship, family, and romantic. Read it. Read it now. You won't be disappointed.” ―Book Ink Reviews

“Wow. This book was amazing. I loved it SO MUCH. Seriously, it's one of my favorites I've read this year. So if you'd like to read a romantic YA sci-fi, then I highly recommend it.” ―Kelly, NetGalley review

Star-Crossed by Pintip Dunn a captivating book for any YA readers. Pintip took every moment in this story and made them last. She has a great plot line, great realistic characters, and a teen love story that makes every teen girl scream.” ―Kim at Read Your Writes Book Reviews

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781633752429
Release Date: Oct 2, 2018
Page Count: 400
Imprint: teen
Genre: sci-fi, young adult
Tropes: coming of age/family/social issues, forbidden love/off limits, overcoming odds

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By Carrie September 12, 2018

Star-Crossed by Pintip Dunn is a young adult romantic science fiction fantasy. And guess what folks, no insta-love and no love triangles! Yes, I know, color me shocked as well. And on top of all of that a creepily compelling sci-fi angle to the world building. 

The story is set on a distant planet in ...more

By Danielle's September 14, 2018

My favourite thing to do when I finish a book is to read the acknowledgements. I really like it when they give an insight to the author/book. The acknowledgement section in the back of Star-crossed tells you this book was written before Pintip Forgot Tomorrow. The author also tells us this book hold ...more

By Amanda October 04, 2018

You can also read my review here:https://devouringbooks2017.wordpress....

I originally requested this title because I read The Darkeat Lie and loved it, so I knew the author was good. But as time came to read it I kept putting it off because I didn't expect it to be that good. I was so wrong though, ...more

By Liv | Books to Liv by September 21, 2018

Rating: 4 stars
HEA: (view spoiler)

“Your life has always mattered,” I whisper.
I look up and do my best to imprint his caviar-black eyes and straight, thin brows into my memory. I’ll have holograms, sure. And I’ve made a point to take a few of him, because I know I’ll regret not having

By Hristina August 06, 2018

Star-Crossed is my new favorite book by Pintip Dunn.
I enjoyed the setting especially, there was a sense of whimsicalness throughout the book. The characters were well-developed, distinctive, and well-written. I found the premise interesting and well-executed, and I had a hard time putting this book ...more

By Ipsita September 17, 2018

Author: Pintip Dunn
Publishers: Entangled: Teen
Publication Date: October 2nd 2018
Genre: Sci-Fi Romance Fantasy
Source: ARC from Netgalley
mybookishvibes Rates: ⭐⭐⭐⭐/5


Set in the future where human race is near to destruction and survival in the planet of Dion solely depends on the new evolve ...more

By Jennifer August 21, 2018

In the planet of Dion, the food is scarce and people only rely on nutrition pills to survive. The King is already dying and he wanted to choose between his daughters, Blanca and Vela to become his successor. Both were provided with tasks that they have to pass and prove that they are worthy to be cr ...more

By lacy October 20, 2018

A special thank you goes out to Entangled Teen and Netgalley for allowing me to read this eARC early. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

I think this is one of the best books I've ever read for 2018. Hand to god, this was amazing. The concept was incredibly interesting and creative. The MC, Vela, ...more

By Kathryn at August 06, 2018

A copy of this review can be found at Book Ink Reviews.

Thank you to NetGalley, Pintip Dunn, and Entangled Publishing LLC for this free ARC in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed herein are my own.

My heart. Pintip Dunn somehow created a science fiction romance that ripped my heart t ...more

By Lelia October 10, 2018

Although Star-Crossed is reminiscent of The Hunger Games with its trials, Ms. Dunn has added a dollop of freshness with the concept of people being divided into Eaters and Non-Eaters. Woe to the Non-Eater who loses a trial because the consequences are dire but the truth is no one has a comfortable p ...more

By Kelly September 14, 2018

Wow. This book was amazing. I loved it SO MUCH. Seriously, it's one of my favorites I've read this year. So if you'd like to read a romantic YA sci-fi, then I highly recommend it.

In Star-crossed, we follow Princess Vela, daughter of the king who is planning to step down and let one of his daughters ...more

By Laura October 03, 2018


I bet you’re all thinking I’ve finally lost it *snorts* – not quite (despite common opinion)!

Let me explain…

My arms were literally covered in goosebumps when I finished this story. The blurb only gives you a small taste of what to expect from this book. I can honestly say, hand on heart, ...more

By Mortisha January 24, 2019

What an awesomely creative story but I have to say this book made me so hungry! The story follows Princess Vela who lives on a planet away from earth that has very little food. The majority of the people take nutritional pills but Vela sacrificed herself to become Aegis which means she can eat an ov ...more

By Dee/ bookworm August 13, 2018

#Starcrossed #NetGalley

Wonderful book! This was an exciting read, and there was a lot of situations that you could see a break. If you chose one way you could live with yourself, if you chose another it would eat you alive, but either way you would always wonder, what if...

I received an advance re ...more

By Kristeen December 11, 2018

Round up to 4.5 stars. ...more

By Nikole October 08, 2018

Star-Crossed takes readers to a new and unique world, where there are two different kinds of people: the Aegis and the colonists. Aegis have the ability to ingest more food than the colonists due to genetic modifications that take sixty years of their life. With that genetic modification, Aegis are ...more

By McCall January 28, 2018

I cannot wait to read this book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ...more

By USOM October 12, 2018

(Disclaimer: I received this free book from Netgalley. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)

Star-Crossed is a story about friendship, family, and love. The world building in Star-Crossed is rich and the details of the food made my own mouth water. But what I loved about Star ...more

By Lacy July 22, 2018

Holy shit... that was a ride.

And for a moment, I waver. What is right? What is wrong? My mind sees the truth, as clearly as the water cascading down Bubble Falls, but my heart, my heart, my heart. My heart is a comet shooting through the deepest, darkest space, burning so hot it will scorch itself o ...more

By T.H. November 02, 2018

An intense young adult dystopian romance filled with impossible choices, longing, loyalty, and above all, love. When seventeen year old Princess Vela is caught sneaking food to her best friend, her entire future is jeopardized. But the leadership sees something in her and offers her an opportunity t ...more

By Margo October 01, 2018

Star-Crossed by Pintip Dunn made me want to read more quickly to find out what was going to happen next, but it also made me want to read more slowly to make the story last longer.

I've heard so many great things about Pintip Dunn's writing -- I was excited to finally jump in and read a book of hers. ...more

By Kirstian October 24, 2018

I received a complementary copy in exchange for an honest review.

I am a big fan of the sci-fi genre but do not read much of it sadly. When I came across Star-Crossed I jumped at the opportunity to review it. This is also my first book by Pintip Dunn (shocking, I know) and it was a great introduction ...more

By Jamie September 29, 2018

The world in this book was .... odd, I guess would be the right word. I liked the characters but I felt like we didn't get a whole lot of time with them. This is a sci-fi novel but it felt a lot like a high fantasy one. The rules of this world were very complicated but I liked that for once the king ...more

By Jessa November 12, 2019

Though ‘star-crossed’ is a term we often—if not always—use to describe lovers, STAR-CROSSED is a book about so much more than love—at least, love in the romantic sense. This is a story about not *just* romantic love, but the love of a father, the love of a daughter, the love of a sister, the love of ...more

By Cambear September 22, 2018

Three and a half stars

Romance and mystery set in a dystopian sci-if setting

Good romance set in an odd world. It’s well-drawn and original, but the setting was just a little too weird for me. I enjoyed the relationships and the romance which really are the main focus of the book anyway. It’s a light ...more

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Pintip Dunn

About the author

NY Times Best Selling Author

Pintip Dunn

Pintip Dunn is a New York Times bestselling author of YA fiction. She graduated from Harvard University, magna cum laude, with an A.B. in English Literature and Language. She received her J.D. at Yale Law School, where she was an editor of the YALE LAW JOURNAL. Pintip’s novel FORGET TOMORROW won the 2016 RWA RITA® for Best First Book, and SEIZE TODAY won the 2018 RITA for Best Young Adult Romance. Her books have been translated into four languages, and they have been nominated for the following awards: the Grand Prix de l’Imaginaire; the Japanese Sakura Medal; the MASL Truman Award; the Tome Society It list; and the Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award. Her other titles include REMEMBER YESTERDAY, THE DARKEST LIE, GIRL ON THE VERGE, and the upcoming STAR-CROSSED and MALICE.

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