Star Song

Christian - Fantasy/Sci-Fi
312 Pages
Reviewed on 08/12/2023
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Reviewed by Grant Leishman for Readers' Favorite

In Star Song, author Thomas Macy takes us on a journey across the galaxies to a new home, forty-one light years from earth. Determined to begin a new society, without the demons from earth, this clandestine group travels the massive distance in just over a month, whilst forty-one years have passed on earth. Simon’s girlfriend, Nora, is part of the “chosen” group, but Simon believes she is entangled with a Christian cult and, while trying to rescue her, unwittingly stows away on the spaceship as it blasts off. With little hope of ever returning, Simon, Nora, their friends and the ubiquitous Elders, who run this community, must not only face the challenges of living on a new planet, but also some of the same forces that caused so much strife for them on Earth. Transplantation, it seems, has not conquered the human frailties of ego, the thirst for power, and the desire to be an individual in a collective society. The dangers of space travel and colonization of a new world will bring the inherent risks of loss home to this hardy band of explorers.

Thomas Macy has brought us a thrilling sci-fi adventure in Star Song that does a wonderful job of explaining and analyzing some of the base behaviours that make us inherently human but also make us inherently unique, as individuals. With its nod to “Lord of the Flies”, I thoroughly enjoyed the factions and differences of the many individuals that went on this trip. Although described as a Christian story, it is important to note that at its core this is a science fiction, action/adventure story and can be read as such. The author has chosen to put a Christian slant to it and that is just fine. This in no way overpowers or diminishes the story of a group of space travelers/colonizers seeking a new beginning away from the prejudices and destructive nature of their previous societies.

I particularly enjoyed the discussions centered around the type of society the colonizers were seeking to develop for themselves. The old adage of “power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely” kept coming to mind when addressing the Elder David and the differences between his visions for the community and other settlers' views. The love stories were beautifully handled and the tragedies, incurred by the settlers, were both sad and poignant. This is a wonderful sci-fi adventure and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it to all.

Maureen Dangarembizi

Star Song by Thomas Macy is a Christian themed sci-fi fantasy story. Ever since Nora started working at Dr. Paul Stearn’s Encampment, she’s grown more distant by the day. When Simon discovers a recording talking about the dead and space travel, his worst fears are confirmed. Simon has no choice but to go save her from the religious nuts she’s foolishly fallen in with. He expected to fight his way through some crazies but what he finds instead is almost unbelievable. A group of Christians who call themselves the Chosen have decided to leave Earth and the demons Satan fell with when he got booted out of heaven. The goal is to start over in a completely new world where evil will never set foot.

I really enjoyed reading this book. It was unique and full of surprises. This book made me think in a good way. I don’t think I’ve ever read Christian science fiction before. After reading Star Song, I must say I want more. This is a heartwarming story on so many levels. Simon’s journey from being a doubter to a faithful disciple of Christ was one of the most genuine transformations I’ve ever read. Simon’s story challenged my faith and brought up questions I’ve never really considered that much. Star Song takes the reader back to the real Christian roots. We don’t have the luxury of starting over on a new planet but there are many lessons in this book that could make our Earth a better place. Lesson learned: letting go of our lusts can bring peace, devil or no devil.

Divine Zape

Star Song by Thomas Macy is a beautiful blend of sci-fi and Christian romance, a narrative with strong religious hints. Simon had been having doubts about the woman he loves, Nora, “his ginger,” and couldn't put a finger on what is really going wrong. He is convinced that something is wrong about her and he races to a research facility where she works, only to be told he can’t talk to her. He knows something is seriously wrong and the discovery that Nora is part of a clandestine cult planning to use the dead to travel through space only makes matters worse. Will he be able to stop her, to save her, or will he be be absorbed into a world of mystery, with ghosts, dead people, and energy to travel with the spirits? The adventure has turns that will take readers by surprise.

The story is engaging, told in a voice that is clear and arresting. From the beginning, the reader is plunged into the psyche of the protagonist — Simon. The author uses backstory to build up the characters without distracting readers from the current action. The prose is strong and the author has the gift of exploring the internal conflict in characters and capturing the action taking place in the story with unusual vividness. Thomas Macy has a great sense of plot structure and he succeeds in keeping the reader engaged throughout the story with the skillful use of suspense and the ability to create and develop a powerful conflict. Star Song is an interesting story with a strong appeal to fans of sci-fi and Christian romance; it is a delightful read.