Title: Defy the Stars
Author: Claudia Gray
Genre: YA, Historical Fiction, War
Number of pages: 503
Time it took me to read: 2 Days
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Synopsis: 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.
While browsing through my local library’s stacks I came across Defy the Stars, which I have read before, and Defy the Worlds. Even after reading the synopsis of Defy the Stars I couldn’t remember the plot, which says little about the book because I have a terrible memory. So picking up both books I decided to revisit the universe of Gray’s Constellation Series.
Gray’s writing is so captivating that it felt like I was reuniting with old friends (once I remembered them) as I began that first chapter. When first reading this novel I was a little taken aback by the dialogue of Able but it quickly becomes apparent that we are meant to feel this way because he is a machine. Reading on it was interesting to see how the reader becomes attached to Abel and begins rooting for him.
Noemi and I have a love-hate relationship at this point in the book. In the beginning, she seems to have a spilt personality. On one hand, she is this ready soldier that is ready to sacrifice herself for her planet and on the other hand she has this woe is me complex. Yes, she does deserve to be pitied. I mean she lost her both her parents and sibling when she was young and grows up with not so loving adopted parents but still. She still tends to be whiny but in her own head. It is definitely interesting to see how she develops as a character.
Now to the story itself. Gray took me on such a fun ride across this universe she has created with a thrilling cast of characters both human and machine. When a story jumps from planet to planet it can sometimes be hard to capture the essence of each planet without bogging down the story or creating a massive book. This was not the case with Ms. Gray’s writing. The pace was constant throughout the book and one of the main reasons why I finished this read in a little under two days. Each planet had its own unique challenge and kept the reader on the edge of their seat and needed to read on to see what happens next.
Overall, the first book in the Constellation Series was a fun read. I highly recommend it to anyone who loves a good multi-world story or just a well rounded Sci-Fi read.
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