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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Justice Buried is a young adult fantasy novel by Hilary Thompson, and the first part of the Starbright series. Justice is the name given to a prophesied maiden who will come from the stars to save the three remaining cities upon a post-apocalyptic Earth. In the underground city of Asphodel, the people believe that sixteen-year-old Astrea is that maiden, and her whole life is under their control until she reaches her fated destiny. In a traditional but superbly effective tale of teenage rebellion, Trea breaks free of her life, her family and even her proposed marriage in order to show them that she knows, deep within, that she isn’t the chosen one. But, even as she rebels against her fate, fate itself shows her the power and potential of her future.
All young adult fiction should be written like this. Author Hilary Thompson is able to explore a full gamut of real and very important emotions, telling a gripping, exciting and heart-breaking tale without ever having to resort to graphic content that would offend younger readers. Justice Buried is extremely well-written and truly gripping in the sense that I couldn’t physically stop myself flicking to the next page. I particularly loved the carefully crafted mythology of the three cities, which opens every chapter and really adds to the author’s superb world-building. All of the characters were realistically portrayed, most especially the teens, and the zodiac-obsessed ways of the pseudo-religious leaders were delightfully off-putting. A five star read from beginning to end.