Book Review: Defy the Stars (Defy the Stars #1) by Claudia Gray

Posted April 5, 2017 by Melissa in Book Review | 20 Comments

Book Review: Defy the Stars (Defy the Stars #1) by Claudia GrayTitle: Defy the Stars
Series: Defy the Stars #1
Author: Claudia Gray
Publisher: Brown Books for Young Reader
Publication date: April 4th 2017
Target Audience: Young Adult
Genres: Science Fiction
Length: 512 Pages
Source: Publisher
Format: eARC
Find It: Goodreads
Buy It: Amazon|B&N|Book Depository
My Rating:

Noemi Vidal is a teen soldier from the planet Genesis, once a colony of Earth that's now at war for its independence. The humans of Genesis have fought Earth's robotic "mech" armies for decades with no end in sight.

After a surprise attack, Noemi finds herself stranded in space on an abandoned ship where she meets Abel, the most sophisticated mech prototype ever made. One who should be her enemy. But Abel's programming forces him to obey Noemi as his commander, which means he has to help her save Genesis--even though her plan to win the war will kill him.

Together they embark on a daring voyage through the galaxy. Before long, Noemi begins to realize Abel may be more than a machine, and, for his part, Abel's devotion to Noemi is no longer just a matter of programming.

Book Quotes

“Ester would tell her to dance faster, leap higher, to laugh out loud with all the breath in lungs. That’s what the dead would tell the living, if they could—to grab hold of joy whenever it comes.”

“We are this world. Its next generation. If you’re not trying to save us, then what exactly are you trying to save?”

“Your soul is bigger than your programming.”

My Thoughts

This was my first time reading Claudia Gray and I must admit that it was an impulse choice based upon a NetGalley email and this amazingly gorgeous cover. I just could not refuse the impulse to click and I was crossing my fingers that Defy The Stars would prove as enjoyable as the cover was visually pleasing.

I was definitely not disappointed.

To be honest…I can’t think of anything that I didn’t like about this book.

Everything worked.

I just loved it all.

The characters were amazing and the development especially with Abel was completely believable and enthralling.  Who would think that a “love story” with a human fighter pilot and a mech (robot) could be this rich and compelling. This emotional…but trust me…it is! Noemi is strong and capable but not without her fears and sadness…and they illustrate her bravery all the more.

The world building and politics are equally well fleshed out…from the gate system for traveling between the planets, to the environment, politics and culture of each planet…I just soaked it all up.

Don’t worry about being overwhelmed by the science here…I recommend just taking what you are offered at face value and enjoying all that this amazing story has to offer including environmental and political concerns that can so easily be translated to our own current circumstances, love and redemption, personal growth and bravery and a lot of soul searching…including digging deep to define the meaning of soul itself.

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About Claudia Gray

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.

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20 responses to “Book Review: Defy the Stars (Defy the Stars #1) by Claudia Gray

    • Melissa

      YA can definitely be hit or miss…and you have to go into it knowing the target audience and not necessarily expect it to read the same as an adult scifi..but I don’t think this will disappoint.

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