A great deal of Gemma's isolation in The Fallen Star comes from the fact that she feels abandoned by the people around her. Her parents supposedly died when she was just an infant, and Gemma's been raised by her "grandparents" Marco and Sophia, who aren't exactly the best guardians in the world. Even though they're usually around, Marco and Sophia are emotionally distant and uncaring around Gemma. She feels like no one in her life cares about what's going on with her or what she's feeling. It's a pretty lonely way to live.
Even though Sophia and Marco raise Gemma from the time that she's a little kid, she has no emotional connection to them because they have all but abandoned her emotionally.
Gemma's mother disappears when she's four, but Gemma doesn't resent her for the abandonment. Instead Gemma feels a lot of love for her mother because she's the only person who's ever showed her compassion and affection.
Not everyone is as they seem in The Fallen Star. Laylen is a vampire who is neither bloodthirsty nor evil, and Stephan—the leader of the Keepers—isn't as good as he's supposed to be. Throughout the book, Alex and Aislin are acting under his instructions with the belief that he wants them to save the world, but in the end, it's clear that he's working with Demetrius and that he is the one who made Gemma's mother disappear. As the book comes to a close, though, it looks like Alex is still firmly Team Stephan, betraying Gemma in her hour of need.
But is he really? Only future installments in the series will tell.
Alex thinks that Laylen doesn't trust Stephan because he holds a grudge against him for kicking him out of the community of Keepers, but in the end it's revealed that Laylen had real, valid reasons to suspect Stephan of some serious betrayal.
Gemma may find Alex infuriating, but she doesn't expect him to turn on her at the very end. When he ignores her bid for help and lets Stephan do what he wants to with her mind, she completely loses hope.
The characters in The Fallen Star don't always tell each other the truth, though this doesn't necessarily signal bad intentions. Alex and Aislin are keeping Gemma's mother's disappearance when she was four and the fact that her emotions were taken away a secret, and Sophia and Marco don't tell Gemma anything about her past, not even the fact that she has a star lodged inside of her.
Gemma isn't the only one being lied to, though, and for her part, she isn't entirely forthcoming with Alex about her emotions and visions. Even though she trusts him for the most part, she still feels like there are some mysteries that she needs to sort through alone.
Now that we think about it, we're not sure anyone tells the whole truth and nothing but the truth in this book. Well, except Laylen. He's the straightest shooter, we're thinking.
Alex thinks that he's protecting Gemma by not telling her the whole truth about her past, but she feels like he's being an untrustworthy traitor by keeping stuff from her.
Gemma resents Sophia and Marco for not being more loving with her, but she resents them even more for lying to her about her past and refusing to talk about her parents. If they're not going to love her, she should at least know more about the people who did love and care about her.
The Fallen Star isn't the kind of fantasy novel where it's all rainbows and unicorns. There's a war on the horizon because the Death Walkers are hunting down Gemma so she can't stop them from bringing on the icy apocalypse—and they'll stop at nothing until she's destroyed.
Throughout the book, Gemma scrambles to stay alive. And in hopes of stopping the Death Walkers, she and Alex have to fight back hard, which sometimes involves stabbing those pesky ice demons right in the heart until they're dead. Pretty gruesome, huh?
Even though Alex and Aislin are often in mortal peril as they try to protect Gemma, they never complain or act afraid because they know what they're up against and they're ready to do their job.
Gemma is totally terrified of the Death Walkers and the icy death that they cause, but she's even more scared of someone like Stephan who will stab her in the leg just to teach her a lesson.
Gemma is a pretty brave leading lady in The Fallen Star, but now that she's feeling real human emotions, she has fear to contend with—big time. See, there's plenty to fear after Gemma meets Alex and learns that she's supposedly the world's savior… so long as she evades the Death Walkers who want to kill her and bring on the apocalypse (no big deal, right?). She's terrified of being caught by the Death Walkers and killed, but she's also scared that Stephan will take away all her emotions again. Things aren't exactly easy when the fate of the world rests on your shoulders.
Once Gemma's emotions come back, they seep into every aspect of her life, including her dreams.
When Gemma is hiding from the Death Walkers at Laylen's house, she's most worried about Laylen because he's one of the few people she actually interacts with and likes.
What if you woke up one day and everything you knew about yourself was turned upside down? That's what happens to Gemma in The Fallen Star. All her life, she's been completely unemotional and believed her parents died in a car accident when she was a baby. Then suddenly she starts experiencing strong and unstoppable emotions, learns that her mother disappeared under mysterious circumstances when she was four, finds out that her grandparents aren't really her grandparents, and learns that the fate of the world rests on her shoulders. And oh yeah—she has the power of a fallen star lodged inside of her, too. That's a lot to take in, isn't it?
From the very beginning of the book, Gemma is a girl who's experiencing a total shift in her identity. Now that she can experience emotions, she has to completely relearn everything about herself.
Gemma is shocked by Alex's explanation about why she's special, but she takes on her role as the savior of the world with grit and fortitude. It may be scary and overwhelming, but if she's the only person that can save the world, Gemma is willing to step up to the plate.
Fate is definitely something that Gemma and her friends are up against in The Fallen Star since they're trying to fight a prophecy that predicts the end of the word. The Foreseers have predicted that the world will end unless Gemma (who harnesses the power of a fallen star inside of her) can remain unemotional, thereby using all of the star's power to stop a portal from opening and letting a whole army of Death Walkers out. And this prediction is totally running the show in Gemma's life.
Even though Gemma hasn't asked for any of this, she has to go along with Alex, Aislin, and the other Keepers as they try to stop the prophecy from coming true. Will they be able to save the world? It remains to be seen whether free will can kick fate's butt, so keep reading the series to find out.
Even though visions are supposedly really difficult to change once they've been set in place, the Keepers are still willing to bet the fate of the whole world on Gemma—mostly because she's their only option.
Most vampires are bloodthirsty and dangerous once they turn, but Laylen is able to overcome that part of himself through sheer will and because he still has his Keeper's mentality of needing to save humanity.
When we first meet Gemma in The Fallen Star, her entire past is pretty mysterious and she doesn't remember much of her early childhood since her background has been wiped from her memory and hidden from her. Good times. She doesn't remember her mother or how she disappeared under suspicious circumstances; she even has to find her own mother's name by snooping around. When Gemma starts seeing visions of the past, she realizes that these are memories that have been hidden from her—memories of being with her mother and watching her be taken into the Underworld by Stephan. Gulp.
When Gemma experiences the visions that mark her as a Foreseer, she doesn't so much see the future as she experiences past memories that she's forgotten. The visions offer a portal into these childhood memories that have totally been erased from her mind.
Sophia and Marco refuse to talk about Gemma's past or her parents all throughout her life. This is not because they are just tightlipped people; they need to keep her from those memories because they might spark emotional responses.
Most of the characters in The Fallen Star have a duty to fulfill that they'll risk their lives for. It's an intense bunch, needless to say. The Keepers are all trying to keep Gemma alive so that she can help them to save the world, and even Laylen—despite being a vampire—is completely and selflessly invested in the cause. While Gemma is confused and overwhelmed by everything that's happening, she still goes with Alex and Aislin because she knows she has to do her part, staying safe so the Death Walkers don't destroy the world with their deathly chill. It's a heavy load, but at least it's spread across a bunch of shoulders.
Gemma doesn't necessarily want to get involved with the Keepers and their mission, but she knows that as the only person harboring the star's power, it's her duty to try to save the world—even if it's a lot of trouble and work.
Alex, Aislin, and Laylen never seem all that frightened of going up against the Death Walkers because this is all a part of their job. Protecting Gemma is the most important thing, and all of them would gladly lay down their lives to make sure that she remains safe.
There are plenty of magical and supernatural elements floating about in The Fallen Star, which makes sense since the main character is hosting the power of a fallen star inside her body. In Gemma's adventures with Alex, Aislin, and Laylen, she encounters vampires, fortune tellers (who can actually see into the future), angels from hell, and of course, the dreaded Death Walkers. This story may take place in fairly modern day America, but it wholeheartedly takes readers into the realm of the supernatural and fantastical. So get ready to suspend reality.
Gemma is normally a skeptical person, but she's forced to believe in magic and demons because there's simply no other logical explanation for what she sees.
Gemma might hold a ton of supernatural power, but when it comes down to it, she's pretty much a baby in the supernatural realm since it's all so new to her. And because of this, she's completely dependent on the help of others.