Although this is a re-telling of the Count of Monte Cristo, I haven't read the Count of Monte Cristo, so I took this story at face value, not affected by that comparison.
I liked the 2 main characters, Amaya and Caryo, and felt they were fleshed out pretty well. They weren't perfectly good or bad, but still tried to do the right thing, and I liked that about them most, especially Caryo.
This book is the first in a series. The story is basically driven by secrets and revenge, so I kept feeling that once the revenge is meted, and the secrets are revealed, much of the wind would be taken out of the story's driving force. This did happen, but by the end of the book, the secrets kept multiplying and the revenge became multi-layered, and the story was neatly set up for the next in the series.
The pace was moderate, and there were times the action lagged, but it kept my interest and I liked the little twists we kept getting along the way. I would have liked more world-building and more information about the political climate and surrounding countries, but based on the end of this book, I'd guess that will be covered more in the next installment.
Overall, I liked this story, and am definitely interested in reading the next book in the series! 3.5 stars.
"Scavenge the Stars" publishes January 7, 2020.
Thanks to NetGalley and Disney Hyperion for a copy of an ARC in exchange for my honest review.