Seize the Stars (Starswept, Book Three) by Mary Fan
When darkness falls, the stars ignite.
Against all odds, Iris has made her voice heard. Inspired by her call for freedom, sympathizers to her cause have occupied a prestigious theater in the heart of Adrye’s capital. Their demands are simple: Abolish the cruel systems that use brainwashing to force obedience upon both Earthling performers and aberrant Adryil. Recognized as the face of the movement and caught in the thick of the demonstration, Iris finds all eyes turning to her.
The authorities are determined to stamp out the nascent uprising. When new and unexpected allies arrive in time to keep the patrolmen at bay, Iris welcomes them. However, their addition sparks further unrest. Though she pleads for peace, others believe the only viable path is an all-out battle.
Divided and under siege, the movement teeters on the brink of chaos. As the situation around her rapidly spirals out of control, Iris struggles to find a way forward—before the hope for freedom falls apart.