Romance (Teen), Science Fiction (Teen), YA Fiction

Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray

I don’t usually read novels that take in space. I also don’t read novels that are romantic. This novel is both of those things. And I liked it! Here is my review:

Noemi Vidal may only be 17 years old, but she will do anything to protect her planet – Genesis – even if it means giving up her own life.

Abel is a machine, abandoned in space for years. With advanced programming, he has begun to evolve in ways no one could ever imagine. All he wants is to protect his creator – and be free.

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 wasn’t expecting to like this novel as much as I did. But it was a really good read. The story is told from alternating perspectives of Noemi and Abel, which I really loved because it gave you the chance to see how both characters (but especially Abel) were changing through their interactions with each other. I loved that most of the focus of the story was on the actual adventure itself. There was a lot of running around and planning and stealing things… and it was awesome! The author really took the time to explain scientific terminology and make the rationale behind certain actions make sense, which was definitely appreciated. I also loved that the author took the time to make the characters develop a relationship to each other rather than just make them fall in love right away. I find that the latter is a common trend in romance novels but I hate it because it doesn’t show the nuances that come with falling for someone; here, everything was well captured and the romance made so much sense and just felt so right! Everything about this novel worked for me: it had great characters, good pacing, and an interesting story line that was more than just about romance. There was a lot of talk about religion and the presence of a soul that I actually found interesting and it added a lot of depth to the story. I especially liked reading about how both of these characters dealt with these topics and their own doubts that surfaced here and there. Overall, this was honestly a pretty perfect read that had everything I wanted and more! I’m giving this a 5/5 stars!

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    1. Thanks for the compliment! I don’t usually communicate via email unless it’s for ARCs but if you have any questions feel free to ask me in a comment 🙂

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