Review

Starflight

Starflight

Starflight

by Melissa Landers

Genre: YA Romance, YA Science-Fiction
Published: February 2nd 2016
by Disney Hyperion

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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.

Review:

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.

four-stars

55 thoughts on “Starflight

  1. Ooh, this ticks so many of my boxes. Hate-to-love relationship, a tough heroine, character growth in the hero… Nice.
    I haven’t read many YA sci-fi books (or adult sci-fi books, either) but I did read Illuminae recently and it left me cold. I like more romance in my YA, to be honest, so this one sounds perfect! Thanks for the review! πŸ™‚

    1. This sounds like it will be right up your alley then Kaja! Let me know what you think of it if you end up reading it, okay? And thank you for the lovely comment!

  2. Ohhh, yay! Yours is the first review I’ve read of this and it’s made me so excited to read this – I definitely have to order myself a copy. A hate-to-love trope? That is one of my all-time favourites! This sounds like a book I will love. Great review! πŸ˜€

    1. So glad to hear that Anissa! And if you’re a fan of the hate-to-love troupe this is going to be right up your alley. πŸ™‚ Thank you!

  3. Omggg reminiscent of Tarver and Lilac?! I NEED THIS BOOK IMMEDIATELY. XD I actually was a bit wary of it because I wasn’t in love with Alienated and one of my friends said she DNF’d it. D: Sooo…like I want to read it (because when do we ever steer each other wrong? XD) but I probably will still go in cautiously, hehe. Did you read Alienated?

    1. I have a feeling you’ll really like this one Cait! I read Alienated and was a bit meh about it, but this is so, so much better. Even if you weren’t a fan of Alienated, I’d say to definitely keep an open mind for this one. πŸ™‚

  4. Ohh a rough and tumble heroine is always fantastic. Mostly because it means they’re not going to be the type that is obsessed and insta-love with whatever male pro. ends up in the mix. Hate-love also helps with avoiding the insta-love which is always a plus. There’s such an influx of sci-fi YA now! I’ll have to hop on some, space is great

    1. Sounds like this is right up your alley then Liselle! If you do decide to read it, I hope you end up loving it as much as I did! πŸ™‚

  5. Oh my goodness. A hate-to love-relationship? That is my absolute favourite. Although I wasn’t a fan of These Broken Stars, I did enjoy that aspect of the story. I still need to read Alienated. It’s always been one on my radar. Have you read it?

  6. That cover though, it’s gorgeous <3 Haha. I love your review and I like how Solara and Doran are portrayed in the book, and wow, it's so interesting how there's a hate-to-love relationship because that always intrigues me πŸ™‚ Great review Zoe <3

  7. I love Tarver and Lilac so much!! To hear that this relationship reminded you of theirs makes me really want to pick this book up! I’ve had my reservations about it, but you’ve pretty much convinced me. Great review πŸ˜€

    1. If you liked Lilac and Tarver, the romance here is going to be right up your alley. Can’t wait to see what you think of it if you decide to read it!

  8. oooh I just got this book from Uppercase books, so I really can’t wait to read it! I hadn’t known what it was about until now, but color me intrigued. Solara seems like a great character although I’m wary of Doran. I can’t wait to meet this ragtag ship’s crew. I have a feeling I’ll enjoy this one, thanks for another great review, Z! <3

    1. Yeah! So glad you’re excited for it Rachel! πŸ™‚ Can’t wait to see what you think of it if you decide to give it a try! <3

  9. I actually LOVED Alienated, but never got around to its sequel for some reason (I think there may have been a delay in its release and I just forgot about it). I have yet to hear someone that hated Starflight, and it sounds like just the book for me with its mix of sci-fi and romance πŸ˜€

    Great review Zo!

    P.S. I think you’re missing the ‘f’ in the title πŸ˜›

    1. If you were a fan of Alienated, this is 100x better so I am SO excited to see what you think of it. Thanks Joy! (And ahh! Thanks for catching the typo! I owe you one!)

  10. Oooh I’m glad you liked this one! It’s been on my to-read and the description made me think of These Broken Stars immediately and I’ve been in the mood for more scifi since I watched Dark Matter, so I think I’ll give this one a try!

  11. Oooh now I really want to read this! Like, more than I already did πŸ˜‰ And I have been thinking of splurging and buying myself a book, even though I need zero books… and this has just gone up in the ranks as a contender! And a romance that is slow burn AND Hate-to-love!? Yes please! Fabulous review, I am excited to read this!

  12. OMG!!!! I want to read this!!! Hate to love!?!!? I’m so on board. Character growth with a guy who basically starts out a jerk!?!! Ugh, I’m already swooning, (something is wrong with me, I like the bad guys, there’s def something wrong with me >.<!!)

    This wasn't on my radar until now! And thank you soooo much for putting it there!! I love sci-fi and if there is even a hint of romance I'm so on board! lol.

    1. It sounds like it’s right up your alley Nicolette! I hope you end up liking it as much as I did. πŸ™‚ And you are so welcome – thank YOU for the lovely comment! <3

  13. I read Alienated, and although didn’t hate it, wasn’t the biggest fan of it. I’m hoping this one might be better?? It sure seems like it. πŸ˜‰ Fingers crossed. I can’t wait to read it!
    Great review, Zoe!

    1. I wasn’t much of a fan of Alienated either, but this was so, so, so much better. πŸ™‚ I hope you end up liking it as much as I did if you decide to give it a try. Thanks Analee! <3

  14. I’m happy that you liked this book! I’ll put it on my TBR for March, because I’m craving some sci-fi right now! Moreover, I swear Illuminae is my next read, once I’ll be finished with Glass Sword πŸ˜‰ I’ve read a lot of positive reviews for Starflight, which makes me really excited! I had read Melissa Landers’ debut, Alienated, but it was a conventional book, full of tropes, I didn’t like it. But this book is calling me, I can feel it πŸ˜‰

    1. YES. ILLUMINAE. *evil laugh* You’re going to be destroyed after that book. xD

      And I wasn’t much of a fan of Alienated either, but this was so, so, so much better. πŸ™‚

    1. If you’re a fan of hate to love romances, this is going to be right up your alley Lisa. Can’t wait to see what you think of it if you decide to pick it up. πŸ™‚

  15. I absolutely love the hate to love trope (stemming from my long history of reading Dramione fanfiction…). Ahem anyway, I’m not a huge fan of sci-fi but I’m really intrigued by this one. I haven’t heard very many negative things about it and it seems like a whole heap of fun! I’ll definitely check this one out when I’m in the mood for some sci-fi and space pirates!

  16. Ooohhhh a romance resembling the one in These Broken Stars? You’ve got my attention! I’m not sure I like the sound of Doran’s character at the start though, but it does sound like it gets better later on. Lovely review Zoe!

    1. I have a feeling you’d really like this one Jeann. Definitely let me know what you think of it if you decide to give it a try.

      1. I finished it today so I wanted to give you an update. OMG IT WAS AMAZING. I loved Solara and Doran. I actually felt for Doran more by the end of the book. And their romance was written so well – it was a good slow burn, not insta-love- which was refreshing. Did you know there is going to be a companion novel about Cassia next year?! Very interested in reading that.

        1. WHAT IS THIS ABOUT A COMPANION NOVEL?!? I had no idea about that, but ahh! Thanks for letting me know!

          And I’m so glad you liked it so much. πŸ™‚ And I think that’s what I liked so much too – there’s so much instalove in YA, but their relationship was so realistic and slowburn.

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