Review: Star Eater by Kerstin Hall

Author: Kerstin Hall
Publisher: Tor.com
Released: June 22nd, 2021
Received: NetGalley
Warnings: Cannibalism, implied rape

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Kerstin Hall is back with a novel like no other. Star Eater promises to find a way to merge science fiction, horror, nuns, and cannibalism. Yes, you read that right.

Elfreda Raughn is an involuntary member of the Sisterhood of Aytrium. She wants out. She wants out so bad; she’ll take any opportunity that comes her way – even if the odds of failure (and thus, death) are high.

Offered the promise of escape, Elfreda doesn’t think twice about becoming a spy against the Sisterhood. Yet, she’ll quickly learn that this world is so much more complex and horrifying than she had ever prepared herself for.

Okay, we all knew that I was going to read Star Eater, right? How could I not, given everything that it promises? I know I’m not the only one that was super curious about what Kerstin Hall had to offer here.

The fact that I’ve literally never read anything like this is awe-inspiring. Star Eater is in a league of its own. I imagine that this will result in some people either loving or hating it. Before deciding how you feel on the matter, consider some content warnings for this book. One of them should be obvious: cannibalism. There’s also implied rape, plus the concern of pregnancy (which is implied to be obligatory).

I’m honestly not sure that many authors could have pulled this story off, truth be told. Yet Kerstin Hall’s writing style is perfect for it – even the more graphic and horrifying elements. In a way, this kind of reminded me of some of the darker stories to come out of Warhammer 40K. That is to say; I really dug it.

Thanks to Tor.com and #NetGalley for making this book available for review. All opinions expressed are my own.

About Liz (AKA Cat)

I am an avid animal lover, photographer, reader, and much more. While my photography blog is feeling a bit neglected at the moment, the other sites I'm involved in are going strong. ✧I review books, comics, and basically anything else in the literary world over at Quirky Cat's Fat Stacks (of Books). ✧I review comics and books, as well as write content for Word of the Nerd. ✧I review comics for Monkeys Fighting Robots. ✧I write content for Screen Rant and CBR. ✧I write book reviews for The Review Crew.
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