ARC Review: From a Distant Star-Karen McQuestion


cooltext1889161239 copySeventeen-year-old Emma was the only one who hadn’t given up on her boyfriend, Lucas. Everyone else—his family, his friends, his doctors—believed that any moment could be his last. So when Lucas miraculously returns from the brink of death, Emma thinks her prayers have been answered.

As the surprised town rejoices, Emma begins to question whether Lucas is the same boy she’s always known. When she finds an unidentifiable object on his family’s farm—and government agents come to claim it—she begins to suspect that nothing is what it seems. Emma’s out-of-this-world discovery may be the key to setting things right, but only if she and Lucas can evade the agents who are after what they have. With all her hopes and dreams on the line, Emma sets out to save the boy she loves. And with a little help from a distant star, she might just have a chance at making those dreams come true.

cooltext1889171582 copy3/5 Stars

***I received this eARC as a gift in exchange for an honest review via NetGalley & Skyscape.

From a Distant Star is an unconventional take on body snatchers. Karen McQuestion turns the gaze back around, questioning who the real enemy is, man or alien?


  • Told from 3 perspectives, Karen McQuestion successfully slips from one persona to the next. Whether it be masculine, feminine, animal or alien, the tone is distinct and inventive. You can easily embrace their feelings and thoughts. 
  • The overall concept of From a Distant Star is intriguing. The idea that an alien would possess a body in spirit was crazy unique, especially when most alien stories center on abduction and experimentation. 
  • Mrs. Kokesh was quirky, dramatic and everything you’d want in a pseudo-psychic witch. Sometimes she was hokey and bizarre and others she was fussy and blunt. I adored her spunky spirit. 
  • Scout is strangely magnetic. He’s weird in the best way. His fascination with the human world, his innocence, and his obvious intelligence were very attractive. At times he’s like a child exploring the world with wonder for the first time and others he’s profound. His questions make you think about the nature of humanity and how the heart works. There’s a scene that is super sweet and will melt your heart, totally winning you over. Alien or not, Scout’s humanity is unquestionable. 


  • The pace was really slow. It didn’t pick up until about halfway through and up until that point it was a struggle to stay hooked. 
  • Emma was detached for me. Her entire focus was on Lucas and getting him well. It was like she didn’t know who she was or how to be without him. It made it difficult to become attached to her character. Her likes and dislikes, except for a brief car dancing scene were largely absent and made it hard to form a solid opinion of her. Emma also makes decisions that are questionable and downright infuriating at times. 
  • The secret agents, the research facility, the crazy alien fans were expected and fairly predictable. 

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