Title: Defy the Stars
Author: Claudia Gray
RATING: ★★★☆☆ (3.5)
Disclaimer: I received a free copy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Noemi Vidal is a soldier for Genesis – a planet colonised by Earth. However, Genesis is rebelling against Earth and an intergalactic war has broken out. Genesis doesn’t want Earth to ruin their planet as they did their own, and many others. Abel is a machine, his programming becoming more advanced in his 30 years stranded in space. To Noemi, Abel is an abomination, and to Abel, Noemi is the enemy. However, being stranded in space, they are forced to work together and both start to question everything they’ve ever been taught about each other.
I love a good science fiction book – especially ones that feature intergalactic wars and space ships. The science fiction was written well. I loved the exploration of planets and the exploring of space. I could make a lot of comparisons to other science fiction works. For example, their ship was called the Daedalus and all I could think about was Stargate – especially because they also had a gate, which allowed for quick intergalactic travel through a worm hole, which shimmered like a puddle. But other than that, the world (galaxy?) building was actually done really well, so that is always a positive, and something definitely needed in a science fiction novel.
The plot itself was at times predictable. I called the plot twist from a mile away, which is one of the reasons it’s receiving a lower rating from me. However, that isn’t to say it isn’t a fun space adventure filled with action and science fiction, because it really is. I would have loved a bit more political intrigue. Especially in a book that features an intergalactic war, fighting over resources or the protection of their planet, so that was a bit of a let-down.
I LOVED Noemi. She’s a fearless leader and a badass soldier. She’s a space pilot/fighter, and I have a soft spot for pilots! She was smart and strategic, compassionate and kind, but could also be cold and harsh. A really great character. Abel is pragmatic and logical, which is obvious being a robot. However, most of his development comes from his developing and advanced programming. He’s becoming more self-aware. He dreams and he feels, and he wishes to, ultimately, be free which does contradict with his programming so he has that struggle going on. He was an interesting character. The romance between Noemi and Abel was a little… weird, mainly because he’s a robot and she’s a human, but it did sort of work, they actually had some good chemistry.
Overall, if you’re looking for an interesting space novel then I would definitely recommend this.