Summary:Life in the outer realm is a lawless, dirty, hard existence, and Solara Brooks is hungry for it. She needs a fresh start in a place where nobody cares about the engine grease beneath her fingernails or the felony tattoos across her knuckles. She's so desperate to reach the realm that she's willing to indenture herself to Doran Spaulding, the rich and popular quarterback who made her life miserable all through high school, in exchange for passage aboard the spaceliner Zenith.
When a twist of fate lands them instead on the Banshee, a vessel of dubious repute, Doran learns he's been framed on Earth for conspiracy. As he pursues a set of mysterious coordinates rumored to hold the key to clearing his name, he and Solara must get past their enmity to work together and evade those out for their arrest.
Starflight is every bit the quintessential YA sci-fi novel: it’s action-packed, has a well-imagined world, features a strong protagonist and tops that all off with a satisfying dash of romance.
Solara Brooks wants to move to the outer realm so she can get a fresh start in a place where no one judges her for her past. Unfortunately, the only way she can afford a spaceliner ticket is to indenture herself to her archnemesis Doran Spaulding. But when Doran is framed for conspiracy back on Earth, the two have no option but to work together to survive.
Solara is a great heroine. Having fended for herself her entire life, she is street-smart and incredibly recourseful. She is also extremely determined and doesn’t let anything or anyone stand in the way of achieving her goals.
Doran is a less likeable character than Solara – in the beginning he’s self-centered, egotistical, and mean – but he undergoes a lot of well-written and realistic character growth throughout the course of the story.
The romance between Solara and Doran is slowburn and well-written, and the hate-to-love troupe of their relationship is utilized perfectly. Their romance is reminiscent of Tarver and Lilac’s in These Broken Stars.
All in all, this is an action-packed and unputdownable read that fans of science fiction are going to devour. Even those who weren’t fans of Landers’ debut Alienated should give this a try.