Maura Milan received her BA in Film Production from USC's School of Cinema-Television and currently lives in Los Angeles, where she works in video production. Ignite the Stars is her first novel.
Milan's world building is delectably detailed, with fantastic futuristic technology and terminology that make her epic sci fi universe uniquely vivid and nuanced. Despite its otherworldly setting, Milan's captivating debut has a compelling real-world quality that shines through her well-crafted characters and their fight for social justice. I can't wait to read what happens next! --Romina Russell, New York Times bestselling author of the ZODIAC series Milan makes a solid debut with this novel of space pirates, governmental empires, simmering teen rebellion, and questions about whether a person is truly all good or bad. --Booklist Milan is excellent at establishing relatable, complex characters. The action-packed sequences, with spaceship battles and academic competition, are so engaging, teens won't be able to put the book down. A strong first book in a sure-to-be successful science fiction series. --School Library Journal Get ready to meet Ia, a take-no-prisoners heroine who stole my heart from page one, and kept me cheering until the very end. Treat yourself to this book! --Kass Morgan, New York Times bestselling author of The 100 series Fast-paced and gripping--a stellar opening to a new sci-fi adventure series focused on social justice. --Kirkus Reviews The 2019 Hal Clement Notable Young Adult Books List