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by Michael Moreci


In the tradition of Star Wars, a galaxy-hopping space adventure about a galactic kingdom bent on control and the young misfit who must find the power within before it’s too late.

Cade Sura holds the future of the galaxy in his hands: the ultimate weapon that will bring total peace. He didn’t ask for it, he doesn’t want it, and there’s no worse choice to wield it in all of space, but if he doesn’t, everyone’s totally screwed. The evil Praxis kingdom is on the cusp of having every star system under its control, and if that happens, there’ll be no contesting their cruel reign. Especially if its fanatical overlord, Ga Halle, manages to capture Cade and snag the all-powerful weapon for herself.

Cade can’t hide from Praxis, and he can’t run from the destiny that’s been shoved into his hands. So he only has one option: He has to fight.

Cade’s not going to let destiny send him on a suicide run, though. With some help from his friends—rebels and scoundrels alike—Cade’s going to use this weapon to chart a new destiny for the galaxy, and for himself. He just has to do so before everyone around him discovers that he’s a complete and total fraud.

Blending the space operatics of Star Wars and the swagger of Guardians of the Galaxy, Black Star Renegades is a galaxy-hopping adventure that blasts its way from seedy space bars to sacred temples guarded by deadly creatures—all with a cast of misfit characters who have nowhere to go and nothing to lose.

Michael Moreci is a novelist and author of comic books. His comics include the critically acclaimed sci-fi trilogy Roche Limit and the military horror drama Burning Fields. He’s also written Suicide Squad for DC, Planet of the Apes for Boom!, and his other original titles include Curse, Hoax Hunters, ReincarNATE, and the forthcoming Black Hole Repo. As a novelist, Michael is currently writing Spy Swap, an espionage thriller for Tor/Forge. He lives in Chicago with his wife, two sons, and dog.

Praise for Black Star Renegades:

“Moreci’s debut novel is a delightful mash-up of genre tropes: a reluctant hero, swashbuckling space adventure, martial arts, an evil empire, a scrappy band of outcasts, and a sentient killer robot. It’s a loving ode to the science fiction Moreci grew up with. The pacing is fast and exciting, strong on action and generous with humor.” —Booklist

“A propulsive space opera that is also an unapologetic love letter to Star Wars… Impossible not to love… From intergalactic space battles to blaster fights to rogue robots and various hives of scum and villainy, this shiny space opera is bound to be a pleasure for fans of all stripes.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Moreci delivers a story that recalls his work for the Star Wars franchise: it brims with exotic locales, weird aliens, an evil empire, and a Jedilike hero with a cohort of misfits. . . . Moreci’s sci-fi adventure delivers plenty of action.” —Publishers Weekly

“Moreci’s novel starts off his intended trilogy with flair: it’s a bold space opera of a book, and like any good space opera, it introduces us to a wide range of flawed, fascinating characters in a dizzying array of vivid locales. It’s funny, fast-paced and full of satisfyingly sudden conflict… The action—as rapid as the snappy dialogue—will keep most readers pinned to the page.” —RT Book Reviews

“Black Star Renegades is a wonderful Star Wars book that just happens to not be set in the Star Wars universe… The magic of Moreci’s book is in the way he takes these elements and creates a story that blasts off and doesn’t let up. The backdrop is written with care and brings the reader into a universe that, despite first-glance similarities to the familiar Galaxy, stands apart and feels fresh and worthy of its creation… Definitely read this.” —Stardust Pop

“Epic space adventure with big, bold characters, exotic new worlds and a rocket ride of a plot that rips along at plus-warp speed, delivering one dizzying twist and turn after another. If you love Star Wars, Guardians of the Galaxy or classic pulp science fiction, Black Star Renegades dazzles like an exploding star.” —Grant Morrison, New York Times bestselling author of The Invisibles, All-Star Superman, and New X-Men

“Moreci’s love for the sci-fi genre resonates in this space-faring romp replete with action, adventure, humor, and a cast of remarkably colorful characters.” —Joseph Mallozzi, Executive Producer Dark Matter, Stargate: SG-1/Atlantis/Universe

“Moreci’s passion for Campbellian space opera is unleashed in a tale that combines elements of classic sci-fi pop with postmodern punk.” —Tim Seeley, New York Times bestselling author of Batman, Nightwing, Revival

“Engaging and inventive twists on a much-loved genre. A fun ride for space opera fans!” —John Jackson Miller, New York Times bestselling author of Star Wars: A New Dawn

There’s been another nice post-publication review for Michael Moreci’s BLACK STAR RENEGADES this time from USA TODAY!

They reviewed in their article on books for teens and John Green fans, expanding the book’s audience, and said:

“Those who dig Arthurian legend, Guardians of the Galaxy cosmic high jinks and especially Star Wars mythology will find oodles to love in Michael Moreci’s debut novel, a nostalgia fest with a youthful heart… character relationships, a sense of familial duty and a fast-paced narrative all make Renegades a worthwhile read.” See that here: https://www.usatoday.com/story/life/books/2018/02/18/reviews-new-young-adult-fiction/321101002/