on February 2nd 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Sci-Fi
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Life in the outer realm is a lawless, dirty, hard existence, and Solara Brooks is hungry for it. Just out of the orphanage, she needs a fresh start in a place where nobody cares about the engine grease beneath her fingernails or the felony tattoos across her knuckles. She's so desperate to reach the realm that she's willing to indenture herself to Doran Spaulding, the rich and popular quarterback who made her life miserable all through high school, in exchange for passage aboard the spaceliner Zenith.
When a twist of fate lands them instead on the Banshee, a vessel of dubious repute, Doran learns he's been framed on Earth for conspiracy. As he pursues a set of mysterious coordinates rumored to hold the key to clearing his name, he and Solara must get past their enmity to work together and evade those out for their arrest. Life on the Banshee may be tumultuous, but as Solara and Doran are forced to question everything they once believed about their world—and each other—the ship becomes home, and the eccentric crew family. But what Solara and Doran discover on the mysterious Planet X has the power to not only alter their lives, but the existence of everyone in the universe...
Space themes are always tricky for me. I either love them, or I can’t stand them. I either have a desperate need to read the book or watch the movie, or I just sit there thinking, “Meh.” Starflight fell into the former. It‘s a book that initially drew me in by the cover…and held me with the story.
The only downside to this book was that pieces of the plot were a bit clichéd and predictable. Very little of the overall plot was a surprise to me. But the details and the journey to reach those overarching themes were interesting and entertaining. So, I didn’t find myself too disappointed about knowing what was coming next; I wanted to see how they got there. What paths did they take? What trouble did they encounter? That was what interested me most.
The secondary characters were also excellent. I loved discovering their personalities and the dynamics of the group. They were all so entertaining and I wanted to know the entireties of their backstories, every detail. I cannot wait for the sequel, Starfall, to release next year and tell the story of my favorite dynamic duo, Cassia and Kane. Honestly, these two together were hilarious, but I can’t wait to find out how deep their connection really goes.
Overall, Starflight was a great, entertaining read. It was a space book that (surprisingly) was able to keep me interested and flying through the pages of this book. It made me even more excited for the sequel. 2017 is already looking like an excellent year for new books, and I cannot wait to get my hands on Starfall in February.