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

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Book Review: Defy the Stars (Defy the Stars #1) by Claudia GrayDefy the Stars (Defy the Stars #1) by Claudia Gray
Published by Little on April 4th 2017
Pages: 512
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She’s a soldier.
Noemi Vidal is a 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.

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  • Dystopian 2017


    This cover and synopsis are a winning combination for marketing! The cover alone got me interested but Sci Fi and I have a strange relationship so I was a little hesitant. What I find so interesting is that this seems to be the opposite of The Terminator, sort of. Which of course, is amazing.

    Noemi is a fighter and will do anything, even sacrifice herself, for her people. What makes Noemi stand out from your average heroine, is the concept of choosing an obvious enemy to be her wing man. It isn’t easy for the two of them to work together, they each have to make sacrifices, but those sacrifices are necessary for the survival of truth.

    The concept alone is super fun. Even if you’re not big into Sci Fi, or hesitatingly putting your toe into the baby pool, this is extraordinarily different and worth the risk. The fact that Earth is now full of AI that wants to kill us is hilarious on its own but then we meet Adam and Adam is more than special.

    These two together are a recipe for disaster! They figure out how to fling themselves from one problem to the next, almost without missing a beat. All of these disasters help the two of them see who the other one really is, so while they may prefer to be safe and sound, it is helpful to their relationship. There was only one moment where I felt the need to be really skittish. I was ready to fast forward through the audio and move right past that part, but fortunately I, and other readers, were spared. I cannot say more, just trust me when I say I am not ready for that!

    The fight that these two have to go into is noble. The plot itself was pretty fun. There were moments where it slowed down quite a bit and I had to keep myself on task but this type of Sci Fi is still pretty new to me, so I blame myself, not the author. I am sure there are many that will absolutely love this. As a matter of fact, I was lucky enough to receive this from the publisher and then I purchased it on Audible anyway because I think my hubby will enjoy it even more than I did. Although he isn’t into YA, so that may be a little bit of a put off, but I think it is worth the shot.

    In short: Fun, playful, albeit dangerous plot. A little slow in spots but the characters make up for that.


    Rating Report
    4 / 5
    Character Development
    4.5 / 5
    Writing Style
    4.5 / 5
    Personal enjoyment
    3.5 / 5
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    Overall: 4.3 / 5



    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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