DEFY THE STARS (Constellation #1)
Author: Claudia Gray
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Published: April 4th 2017
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She’s a soldier.
Noemi Vidal is seventeen years old and sworn to protect her planet, Genesis. She’s willing to risk anything—including her own life. To their enemies on Earth, she’s a rebel.
He’s a machine.
Abandoned in space for years, utterly alone, Abel has advanced programming that’s begun to evolve. He wants only to protect his creator, and to be free. To the people of Genesis, he’s an abomination.
Noemi and Abel are enemies in an interstellar war, forced by chance to work together as they embark on a daring journey through the stars. Their efforts would end the fighting for good, but they’re not without sacrifice. The stakes are even higher than either of them first realized, and the more time they spend together, the more they’re forced to question everything they’d been taught was true.
I LOVED THIS BOOKS SO MUCH! It feels like it was written specifically for me. I’ve been getting into Sci-Fi lately and Claudia Gray made me fall in love with the genre even more. The writing, the characters, everything…I adored it all. Defy the stars has definitely made it to my 2017 favorites. I don’t think I can write a coherent review but I’ll try anyway.
Let’s start with the writing because that was my most favorite thing. It worked so well with setting; it’s like Claudia Gray was born to write Sci-Fi. The characterization of a robot boy and a fierce soldier was so well done that it’s now my favorite trope (BRING ME MORE BOOKS LIKE THIS). The story is well-paced, has the right amount of action and is filled with unforgettable characters. Also, the romance never gets in the way of the story. If you read the synopsis and got a tropey-romance-centered-YA-book vibe, you’ve got it wrong. This book is so much more.
Abel and Naomi… I love these characters so much. I can’t even.
Abel is the definition of sassy. A sassy robot, that is. And Naomi is a head-strong, loyal soldier. Their banters give me so much life. I would read a whole book of just them trying to one-up each other passive-aggressively.
Another thing this book has going for it is the world-building. I absolutely loved learning about all the planets and technology. The tension and conflict between the different planets is complex and intriguing. Each planet has different rules and values; as well as moral conflicts that come with their way of life.
Overall an entertaining and gripping novel (that I believe might be the best ever YA novel set in space) that revolves around the question: What does it mean to be human? I recommend it to everyone! Read it then come and suffer with me while we wait for Book 2.
Claudia Gray is not my real name. I didn’t choose a pseudonym because my real name is unpleasant (it isn’t), because I’d always dreamed of calling myself this (I haven’t) or even because I’m hiding from the remnants of that international diamond-smuggling cartel I smashed in 2003 (Interpol has taken care of them). In short, I took a pseudonym for no real reason whatsoever. Sometimes this is actually the best reason to do things.
I live in New Orleans. So far, in life, I’ve been a disc jockey, a lawyer, a journalist and an extremely bad waitress, just to name a few. I especially like to spend time traveling, hiking, reading and listening to music. More than anything else, I enjoy writing.