Steal the Stars is a stunningly shiny new podcast from Mac Rogers, the brilliant mind behind Life/After and The Message. This podcast is a solid choice for fans of sci-fi, heists, aliens, and romance. 

Plot 

Dakota (Dak) Prentiss is the chief security officer at the Quill Marine compound. Quill Marine is a military outpost with a big secret. Even as an employee, getting in takes step after step of identity verification. When new recruit Matt Salem arrives, he throws Dak through a loop. An instant attraction, leading to a highly forbidden and possibly career ending romance ensues. When that romance gets tangled up in the secret of Quill Marine and its OverCompany, Sierra, Dak and Matt have some serious choices to make. 

Review 

Steal the Stars is a stunningly shiny new podcast from Mac Rogers, the brilliant mind behind Life/After and The Message. This podcast is a solid choice for fans of sci-fi, heists, aliens, and romance. 

The podcast would profit from transcripts released by Gideon Media or Tor Labs. Some words are hard to understand, but the podcast would lose some of its authenticity if the actors began speaking too formally. Let your mind wander while listening at your own risk, you may miss an important plot point or two. 

This podcast features realistic portrayals of what it is like to be an active duty soldier. None of the information relayed is particularly disturbing, but it does keep listeners on the edge of their seats during certain portions of the podcast. 

Every character in this podcast is multifaceted. Dak is a highly relatable character, and its endlessly refreshing to see a woman on the forefront of a sci-fi franchise. Dak’s quick thinking, defensiveness, and professionalism are all called into question. Dak’s questioning of Matt’s attraction to her on the basis of comparing their looks to one another was so real, and so well written, I sat up in bed as I was listening. 

The romance plot is central to the storyline, so if you’re not comfortable with kissing noises or semi-frequent sex scenes, this isn’t the podcast for you. 

What You Need to Know

Steal The Stars is the first podcast released on the Tor Books Network. It premiered on August 2, 2017. It has twelve episodes at the publishing of this review. However, three more episodes are scheduled for release at 12:01 tonight. 

Steal the Stars is created and written by Mac Rogers. It is performed by a full cast. It is produced by Gideon Media, and directed by Jordana Williams. The sound engineer is Bart Fasbender. A novelization of Steal the Stars is written by Nat Cassidy. You can listen to episodes of Steal the Stars on iTunes, Googleplay, SoundCloud, Spotify, Stitcher, and at TorLabs.com/Steal-The-Stars

Carolyn Ducker

Carolyn Ducker

Carolyn is married to science. She is a playwright and aspiring novelist. She is a werewolf enthusiast who loves gothic horror. In her spare time she writes poetry, and articles about podcasts for Geek Girl Authority.
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