I find it incredibly interesting that these two books came out relatively close to one another, are written by authors who are great friends, and have stars in their titles. This is primarily a point of amusement for me, being as I know that the two titles have no connection to each other and both books deal with very different subject areas.
The Name of the Star takes on serial killers, things unseen, and darkness. In essence--fear. Johnson sets the novel in a boarding school in London and takes on the whole of fear itself. There were several moments throughout reading it that I had to set the book down because I was reading alone at night and was a little frightened. However, I think that allows for the importance of standing up to our fears to come out much stronger--even if we aren't trying to take down serial killers or things we cannot see. It was a great book and it left me chilled and excited for the sequel.
The Fault in Our Stars is remarkable in that it is probably the first (and only) book that an author has signed the entire first printing of. John Green signed 150,000 pages of The Fault in Our Stars in an effort to ensure that every pre-order was signed. That alone suggests that it is going to be a great book worth reading. I just recieved my copy today and have not yet read it (thus I am not going to say much about the content of the book), but I have heard great things and cannot wait to read it. I do feel comfortable revealing that a great deal of the book revolves around a disease and how one very lovely girl deals with it.
So, dear readers, if any of you were looking for more books to read (or to recommend to friends, teens, students, or anyone who can read) I think you can consider these.
I will post more about The Fault in Our Stars when I am done reading.