Stars Uncharted by S. K. Dunstall

Stars Uncharted

S. K. Dunstall

Together a mismatched crew will end up on one ship, hurtling through the lawless reaches of deep space. Trailed by nefarious company men, they will race to find the most famous lost world of all.

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In this rip-roaring space opera, a ragtag band of explorers are out to make the biggest score in the galaxy.

On this space jump, no one is who they seem . . .

Captain Hammond Roystan is a simple cargo runner who has stumbled across the find of a lifetime: the Hassim, a disabled exploration ship--and its valuable record of unexplored worlds.

His junior engineer, Josune Arriola, said her last assignment was in the uncharted rim. But she is decked out in high-level bioware that belies her humble backstory.

A renowned body-modification artist, Nika Rik Terri has run afoul of clients who will not take no for an answer. She has to flee off-world, and she is dragging along a rookie modder, who seems all too experienced in weapons and war . . .

Together this mismatched crew will end up on one ship, hurtling through the lawless reaches of deep space with Roystan at the helm. Trailed by nefarious company men, they will race to find the most famous lost world of all--and riches beyond their wildest dreams . . .

Advance Galley Reviews

First things first..I really enjoyed this book. I admit that I was rather confused in the beginning on who all of the characters were, and then keeping track of them as the book progressed. And just as I was about to give up on the book it reeled me back in and from there I read it every chance I got. The storyline itself was really interesting, and I enjoyed how just when you thought you knew how something was going to turn out the authored put in a twist and you got a totally different result. I do hope that there is a sequel as I really wasn't ready for the book to end when it did. To me that's the sign of a good book!

3.5 stars. Stars Uncharted is a standalone novel (though I really hope that the authors write a sequel). There is violence. This is an interesting book that follows Roystan and a mismatched crew. I really liked that there are two main female characters, Josune and Nika, which really enhanced the storyline. Mix in a ship mystery, mobsters (oops...Company Men), and secrets and you have the makings of a good book. It starts off slowly but stick with it and you will enjoy how the story finishes.

This was an intriguing book, full of twists and turns! I was hooked from the first page!!

I LOVED THIS BOOK! I was never one to be into space operas but this book was a game changer. I was instantly pulled into the story as it started of with the body modder Nika Rik Terri and from there I was slowly introduced to all my future favorite characters. When a rag tag group of people find themselves in danger and kind of just happen upon one another, they realize by working together they not only make an awesome crew but also stand a chance of living another day. This book did not only have an intensely interesting story line but the characters were so very...satisfying to read about. The author made sure to put a lot of heart and soul into her characters and it shows. No one was special in this interesting group of people and everyone brought some unique perspective or skill to the table. By the end of the book I felt like my friends were going away without me. I really hope there will be a series of these books because this was definitely something i can see myself getting into. Overall its a really good space opera, lots of intense moments, technical talk but author does a great job of helping the reader understand and immersing them into his world. I would highly recommend you give it a shot although if you don't already like Sci-Fi novels this may be a hard one to get into.

This book was riveting! I admit that I would get confused with which of the characters was getting injured, due to the machinations of Nika Rik Terri in body modding. Add in double crossing star ship mates, corrupt police force and politicians, plus regular old fashioned low life thugs. Stars Uncharted was action packed, which made for a quick read since I was unable to put down the book and neglected my real life until I finished. This was a perfect summer read. Stars Uncharted provides an escape from our real world, and yet it delivers plenty of social norms to ponder. I have seen other reviewers comment that Nika concentrates too much on physical beauty in her body modding activities, and I agree with those reviewers that this aspect was something I considered detrimental. On the other hand, this gave me an opportunity to mull over why it was an issue for me; it's never a bad thing to work through our prejudices. Now I'm off to explore the Linesman series by S. K. Dunstall!

A riveting science fiction fantastic story that is slow to start but once it takes off you be immersed in the action.

An engrossing space opera that is a high octane fight for survival set in space with vibes from Firely and a bit of Undercover Boss. Buckle in and get ready for an adventure! Stars Uncharted is written by S.K. Dunstall, a pseudonym for a writing team of two sisters, which is so cool! This is a slow burn story that reminds me of how Joss Whedon's television shows build up, and fans of Firefly will indeed get some nostalgia feels! (I certainly envision Roystan as Nathan Fillian.) This is a world where no one is who they seem to be, where people can change their appearances, and every character has a backstory to hide. The premise of this book is a simple one: the crew aboard The Road comes across an abandoned ship within the legal zone on a supply run and board to claim it and its contents based on salvage laws... and uncovers a clue to a highly prized mystery. Before they can set off in search of their riches, members from one of the Big 27 Companies try to take the secret by force. Can they outrun the Big Bad and lay claim to the treasure? Stars Uncharted is told in the alternating and disparate perspectives in the same universe: ?? Nika Rik Terri is one of the best body modifiers there is, but danger knocks on her door frequently due to her abusive ex-boyfriend Alejandro and his connections. As she flees her own issues, she brings along rookie modder Snow to protect him from his own troubles. ?? Josune Arriola is a brilliant engineer and explorer that has learned to fight through her years working as a space explorer. She is strong and badass and I admire her so much. In addition to our two female main characters we have Hammond Roystan, captain of The Road. For the last six weeks Josune has served as Roystan's junior engineer and after the crew finds trouble following their salvage their paths cross with Nika. The first 100 pages or so I was wondering how and when the storylines would converge, but when they finally do it is satisfying to read. The worldbuilding to describe the world our characters inhabit is vast and detailed, and I really enjoyed learning about these technologies as well as the "fashion patterns" of modifications. Unfortunately I did find the discussions of the technology and science involved in modifications a bit too much at times. While it is accessible and not written like it is an academic paper written by an expert in the field, I found it sometimes to be excessive and detracting from the overall plot. I know this will come as no surprise given that I love a good backstory, but I do wish that there was some sort of worldbuilding in the way of how humanity got to this point in history. I would almost think that this is a different world if not for brief references to Earth and the cost of importing foods "out here." Did humanity branch out to the stars and spread across the universe? Do they live on planets or spaceships? Who are these companies really? A central theme of the book is body and gene modification, largely in part because Nika is one of our POVs. Her inner monologue often drifts to how she will fix things, both critical to health and cosmetic. Nika's obsession with modding (which appears to be kind of advanced cosmetic surgery that can completely change one's appearance as well as heal) can be overwhelming and inescapable. While it is fine to be really into your work, it was a bit difficult to read Nika's thoughts about people's imperfections and what she would fix if given the chance - from insinuating that red hair should be changed to trimming the fat from another character. This is a character-driven story and I adore each of them barring Nika, whose obsession with modding can be overwhelming and inescapable because she is one of our POVs. I cared more about the characters and the mess they were in than with Nika's near constant obsession with her profession. I would have like to see more character development as the story progressed, each of them are essentially the same as when they started on their adventure but with their backstories mostly exposed to the group (except for Snow, boo hiss!). I like my characters a little dark and twisty with a bit more conflict that just being chased by Bad Guys, but that didn't stop my overall enjoyment of the story. Reflecting a bit on the book to write this review, I do think that the writing was a bit repetitive at times and certain clues I feel like were hammered home. I love a good mystery but prefer to be have the clues be more subtle so that the reveal smacks me unexpected. I guessed what was being built up to about 50 pages before the characters figured it out, but I knew it was something along those lines well before I finally pieced it together. Overall this is an enjoyable space opera adventure with good pacing for a slow-building character driven story. There's conflict with The Big Bad, the sting of betrayal, the mystery of who each of the characters really are and unravelling what they are each running from/hiding. There are aspects of this book that remind me of Firefly: the ragtag team, space exploration, supply runs, and the love of an old ship with outdated features that save the day. To be honest, this would make an excellent movie or television show and something I would love to see adapted. The end is mostly wrapped up in a way that leaves it open for more stories with these characters and their found family, and I would love to see where they end up next.

I loved this story. The characters were great, the storyline intriguing and interesting, loved the dialogue, and the action keeps you on the edge of your seat. It has everything going for it, especially if you love space opera, gene engineering thrown in just to keep things interesting. The story flows so fast that you are finished with the book before you know it. I can't wait to read the next book in the series. I have found a new favorite author/authors.

S.K Dunstall is rapidly becoming one of my favorite authors in the SF Realm. I was looking for a continuation of the Linesman series, but was pleasantly surprised to discover a new world. One of gene engineering and corporate mafias. I burned through the book in a few days thriving on its action and subterfuge. My only regret is that it's over too soon. Looking forward to the next work from them. Write faster!

If you like space opera, you will find "Stars Uncharted" fun and fascinating. All the characters on board at The Hassim and The Road spaceships are all well rounded, including my favorite, Captain Hammond Rostand. The plot is easy to follow and full of action,and the reader is transported to a race to find a lost world. Definitively a good read for a Science Fiction fan.

I've always liked stories about spaceships and life in other planets, so I was obviously drawn to this book. Since the very beginning I was caught in the story, I wanted to continue reading to find out each character's mysterious past. Overall, I enjoyed the story a lot, specially when the stories get intertwined. My rating: 4 stars out of 5, because I DO want to know more about The Road's crew adventures.

Stars Uncharted reminded me of Firefly, Chris Wooding's Ketty Jay series, and even Star Wars: A New Hope. A motley crew full of secrets inadvertently steps into the middle of dangerous schemes run by powerful players who want them captured or killed. Probably killed. I really enjoyed reading the story from Josune's and Nika's perspectives. They're very different people, but they're both driven by an obsession, and they're both struggling to find their way after their lives are turned upside down and those obsessions have to take backseat to survival. I liked them both, but Nika was a real surprise. At first, she seemed too "special" and I was prepared to dislike her. But then she was so horrible and crazy and flawed in so many ways, it balanced out the specialness and made her a more interesting character. I liked the rest of the main cast too, and they helped balance out Josune and Nika's extremes. I saw a few twists coming, but overall I was in suspense. It's not non-stop action, but there is tension throughout and I was always curious enough to continue. Verdict: Stars Uncharted is a fun space adventure, and I'd like to see where these guys go next.

Awesome. This book has a Firefly feel of found family and scrapes that require blowing things up. There was just enough action throughout the story for it never to get slow. Also, enough character to building to feel invested. The end left felt satisfying but left enough loose threads for a series.

Nika Rik Terri runs a successful body-modification practice, where she heals people and changes their appearance if they need it. But she’s always looking over her shoulder, certain that her abusive ex-boyfriend will catch up to her and make her pay for leaving him. Then it happens, and she’s on the run again. This time she finds herself aboard a spaceship that’s targeted by everyone in space. Josune Arriola has been aboard the ship The Road as a spy, more or less, for the ship Hassim. She’s looking for information about Goberling’s Lode. Rumor has it that Goberling had found a huge haul of transurides—a very valuable commodity in space. And she’s certain the captain, Hammond Roystan knows where it is. When the crew of the Hassim is brutally murdered, Josune joins forces with Roystan and tries to outrun those who are chasing them. Enemies who will do anything do get their hands on information only the Hassim carried, which now belongs to Roystan. Hammond Roystan has a secret, a very big secret, but his loyalty lies with those who fight by his side, and he’s a fair and just man. With the help of Nika Rik Terri, Josune Arriola, and his crew, he stays ahead of his enemies as they look for treasures beyond imaginable. But for how long? I’m not crazy about space adventures, but I enjoyed Stars Uncharted. In fact, I had a hard time putting it down once I started it. Usually, the characters in a space adventure come off as cold and unlikeable, but these characters all had warmth and endearing traits that you can’t help but admire. The plot is solid and interesting, immediately pulling you into a web of secrets. With moments of hold-your-breath suspense and intrigue, set against a mystery that crosses space, Stars Uncharted is a delectable read worthy of a stay-up-all-nighter.

I was relatively excited for Stars Uncharted by S.K. Dunstall. It sounded like a fascinating story with interesting characters. I gave this one the first hundred pages and it quickly became apparent that Stars Uncharted wasn’t for me. There wasn’t anything inherently wrong with it. The writing was good, but I didn’t connect with the story and kept setting the book aside. This copy of the book was provided by first to read for this review, thank you!

2/5 starts: I'm a big fan of sci-fi movies and shows and yet, I don't why, I typically don't pick up sci-fi books so I was really excited to read this one, but unfortunately it wasn't for me. This book follows two main female characters which I actually really liked. Their stories were well thought out and complex but I didn't connect much with them. I felt no real emotions while reading their stories and I think that was actually my main problem with this book: it just didn't make me feel anything. I wasn't nervous while reading it, or happy, or sad. I didn't dislike the characters but I also wasn't actively rooting for them. The best thing about this book was definitely the world-building explanations. The first couple of chapters were confusing because of the names of professions, worlds, materials... But the authors did a very good job of explaining things as they were introduced and that was at least something to be very grateful for. But apart from that there wasn't much else I liked. I was confused at times by the use of time/temperature/measurements because they mention Earth as a planet of course but the story is not set on Earth so how and why are these constructs that are entirely self-fabricated by humans and not real used by other civilizations/worlds that are much more technologically advanced? Especially the time thing because our time is really something that only makes sense while on Earth because of its rotation so... I don't know maybe I'm looking way too much into things. My main two issues with this book were the casual transphobia and fatphobia that are spread throughout the book. It's not something big but it was something that really bugged me especially because in the case of the transphobia I don't really think the authors were even aware that their writing was being transphobic. (Disclaimer: I am a cis woman so my opinion on this issue is not the be all end all and I'm sorry if my opinion may also have some problems.) There are a couple times throughout the book when, talking about the work of modders (professionals that modify people's appearance throughout working on their genes and their molecule-structure) they mention having changed people's "sexes" and they way they do so was pretty offensive in my opinion. There are sentences like "she was formerly male" or "he'd once been a she" that felt pretty terrible and made me very uncomfortable. And in the case of transphobia it was a pretty similar thing were one of the main female characters that was a modder kept thinking that if she had a chance to "modify" someone or like work on them that she'd make them look thinner and she even thinks of a fat man as someone who is obviously "fond of his food" (pg 143) in a very demeaning way. I'm also sad because I thought this book also had a lot of potential on the "found families" department (one of my favorite tropes of all time) and I only could glimpse it towards the end and I think that had it been a thing more towards the middle of the story I could have perhaps enjoyed the story more. I was initially going to give this story a 2.5 stars but then by the middle of it I figured out what the "plot twist" of the story was going to be and I swore to myself that if I had it figured out I would take out half a star out of the rating because it was just too easy and predictable and sure enough, it was. Overall I just wasn't very attracted and engaged by the overarching plot of the book. It was supposed to read as a fast-paced story and every single chapter there were things happening but I felt like every single one of these things didn't move the story along. It was always "we have to escape, we encounter someone who is attacking us, we escape, and repeat again". I'm saddened I couldn't enjoy this story more but it has at least given me the desire to reach towards more sci-fi books to find ones I can love.

Stars Uncharted is a science fiction story set in a world filled with body modification machines, all-powerful corporations, and some intrepid explorers. When a body mod on the run joins forces with an explorer on the run, they become a ragtag band of adventurers trying to stay one step ahead of their foes. A decent read, but not spectacular.

I really love this book! It is a good fun read. It was hard to put it down. It has plenty of action, crazy characters that at minimum make you smile. The bad guys are bad, not all, and good ones are a good mix of everything, one of them a saint. I like the story is told from the point of view of two females, with totally different backgrounds. The males in the story are important to the plot, but don't take over. There is science and it is clearly explained. Plenty of fiction, and plenty of space. And Earth is not important to the plot, there are no aliens either.

I am a huge fan now! I could hardly put the book down and was sad to see it end. You will be endeared to the crew that ends up together and looking forward to more of their future endeavors. I am really impressed with the Australian sister's (S.K. Dunstall) style of writing, character development and imagination, it all came together perfectly with just the right touch of horrific bad guys to boot! What an adventure! oooh, and maybe next time we can get some of Jacques' recipes like his famous Cinnamon Buns but just not the recipes he specialized for Roystan.

The book seemed an interesting combination of 2 stories from the same universe which eventually made sense. Unfortunately, Digital Editions lost my bookmark and I couldn't find my place somewhere around the middle of the book. I did read the end tho and can safely say it's worth it. The book has good spelling and grammar and the formatting was easy to read. Technology was explained well and was quite interesting as well.

This review unfortunately is not a review. I tried to get my copy of the book, read the instructions and downloaded the URL. However, I could never get the book to load into Digital Editions. I tried it several times and eventually gave up. I have received galleys before that have worked just fine, but this one I could no load. I've really sorry, I was looking forward to reading the book.

A fun and fast book that is great for summer reading. The characters are an eclectic bunch thrown together by circumstances and end up bonding through some harrowing and exciting adventures. The tech processes were peppered throughout, but that is the gist of science fiction. Caught onto the main twists in character reveals, but great fun for the end to find out. The main characters are fleshed out, but the heavies were pretty standard bad guys, great for this type of fare. Snow was a favorite with his hero worship and the twist for him in the ending with his fellow runaway. Recommend.


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