Summary: The people need Justice, but she’s not listening.
One hundred years before, the Great Sickness reduced the world to three dystopian cities. Now the community of Asphodel is trapped underground, waiting for the prophesied maiden of Justice to rescue them.
Sixteen-year-old Astrea is supposed to be this savior – too bad for them she isn’t a believer. Astrea fights her fate until discovering a power she never knew she had, and a handsome ally she never expected. With her life in danger, Astrea must choose between saving her city or herself.
This thrilling young adult adventure is the first in the richly-imagined Starbright series, which is laced with mystery, mythology, romance, and magic. Justice Buried will have you questioning fate versus free will along with Astrea’s strong female lead, and wondering who can be trusted when everyone is keeping secrets.
Ship Astrea & Lexan (TBH she doesn’t deserve him)
Fave Cinnamon Rolls: Lexan
3.5 stars. review to come when I’m less likely to bitch out/about the main charcter and her stupid choices.
Alright, let’s see if I can write a good review without gettin super annoyed at Astrea aka our main Character.
FIrst off I want to say if you like Greek Mythology in any way shape or form, run don’t walk to this book because it is DEFINITELY for you. This book combines amazing references to Greek mythology with hints of zodiac (Stars not Chinese) and just a very slight touch to Christianity Religion. THree cities have been made after a “sickness/plague/’forced population reduction'” no idea what actually killed most of the population but 3 Cities were made by the 3 sisters and they are named after the 3 areas of the Underworld, Elysium, Tartarus, & Asphodel.
Astrea & Lexan, our two main characters and prophesied star-crossed lovers (aka fated to be, which shocker they both don’t like) live in Asphodel and are just weeks before Choosing Day where they will ‘choose’ each other and begin the prophesy that could lead Asphodel to finally leave underground.
Well our special little MC, Astrea doesn’t like this and as an Aries born on the Spring Equinox, she has quite the stubborn & strong temper. And she let’s basically the whole of Asphodel know she hates Lexan. Of course though, she has a special secret meditation room where she can calm herself and not actually blow a whole in the cave roof.
So fast forward, a person from “Above/outside” has arrived in her Secret room and pushed Astrea to truly think she can have a choice in her life and not end up with LExan or as First Leader as it is prophesied with her birth. Which is also the arrival of OBNOXIOUS LOVE TRIANGLE TROPE
I’m sorry but this book really didnt need a love Triangle and it really does it poorly in my opinion. SHe strings a long both guys for practically the majority of the story. She can’t trust/like Lexan bc he had originally represented her lack of choice but yet they can be friends but then Stian shows up and she is gaga for this guy. LIterally she finds out he played her and could possibly have a GF back home and has all but kidnapped her AND SHE GOES BACK/CHOOSES HIM!!
Literally, i wanted to shake this girl and scream at her to stop being stupid. Fine you want to dick you can’t trust, FINE. Lexan doesnt’ deserve you then anyway.
World Building 5/5
Lexa 4.5/5 (he grows on you so much)
Stian .5/5 i want to punt him off a cliff
Kierna 4/5 She is making a great Antagonist.
Overall, I loved the plot and the story in general but the stupid decisions to be with Stian and just her kind of stupid decisions in general really brough it down. I will eventually read the rest. i love the world building and how it combines Zodiac & Greek Mythology so beautifully. I really like the author’s writing style just not this particularly Main Character.