Review: Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray

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Book Summary From Amazon: “She’s a soldier — Noemi Vidal is willing to risk anything to protect her planet, Genesis, 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’s advanced programming has 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.”

RATING *5/5 STARS*

Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray is amazing!!!  I loved every page.  It seemed to pull elements from several series and mix them together to make its own world.  I was reminded of the worlds in Across the Universe and the Starbound trilogy, both of which I loved!

The main character is Noemi, a soldier from Genesis.  I loved her character because she is tough, loyal, and not afraid to stand for what she believes.  Her character development was great.  She went from hating mechs to realizing there may be more to them than first appears.  The person that makes her realize this is Abel.

Abel is a mech; however, he is unlike any other mech in existence.  He has the ability to adapt, in that he has feelings, pleasures, and dreams.  In all honesty, all I could really see when reading about him was Sheldon Cooper from The Big Bang Theory.  Abel talked a lot about how what he was feeling was illogical; it contradicted his programming.  It was interesting reading about him dealing with new-found emotion.  I think we have all, at one time or another, dealt with the same situation.

Defy the Stars had an excellent plot.  There were several plot twists which I did not see coming.  There was also a good ratio of world-building to action.  The romance element of the book was a little disappointing.  It didn’t end like I hoped it would.

Overall, Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray is an excellent fantasy/sci-fi book.  I highly suggest it.  Drop me a comment if you’ve read Defy the Stars or have any other thoughts.

Amazon Link: Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray

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