04 April 2017

Review: Defy the Stars

Defy the Stars
by Claudia Gray

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: April 4, 2017

DEFY THE STARS is a fast-paced action novel that adds a new immersive universe to the world of sci-fi. Noemi is a soldier born and bred to protect the world from an ancient and powerful race that sends machines to fight battles. The twist? Noemi's enemy is none other than Earth, which hungers to regain control over her rogue colony. After a disastrous surprise attack leaves her stranded, Noemi stumbles across one such machine soldier, Abel, whose programming forces him to help Noemi execute a plan to save her world. As the two traverse the galaxy, Noemi learns that the struggle for freedom is far more complex than it seems, and Abel questions his creation in the wake of new feelings.

While in some ways a typical "Beauty and the Beast"-esque romance, it is the writing that sets DEFY THE STARS apart. The universe in which Noemi and Abel live is rich, engaging, and impossible to look away from. Each planet and moon is so distinct and is filled with incredible detail that both supports character development and captivates our imagination in the best way possible.

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