- Hardcover: 368 pages
- Publisher: Disney-Hyperion (Feb. 2 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1484723244
- ISBN-13: 978-1484723241
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.9 x 21.9 cm
- Shipping Weight: 717 g
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #298,701 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Starflight Hardcover – Feb 2 2016
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Starflight is addicting. The characters, the world, the action. I just want more.
Before I get into the book review. I just want to take a moment to congratulate Melissa Landers. Her first book Alienated was very good, but the next books in that series were even better. Then she writes this masterpiece, and blows my socks off. Her writing just keeps getting better with every new book she releases. It is so wonderful to see such great improvement and I can't wait to read her future books. Keep it up Landers.
Starflight follows the story of Solara, an orphan who's looking for her way to a new planet to make a better life for herself. When no one wants to hire her, due to her previous convictions, it is the boy who she hated most in high school, Doran Spalding, who buys her passage as long as she is his servant. When Doran learns of her conviction, he no longer wants any part of Solara and decides to fire her and leave her at an outpost, left to fend for herself. So what does Solara do? She stuns him with a gun, which causes him to temporarily lose his memory. I mean, what other options did she have... right?
I seriously can't tell you how addicted I was to this book. I believe I was three chapters in when the action and storyline became so good I didn't want to put it down. The best thing is, that the action stayed like that throughout the whole book, there were no boring parts what so ever.
A huge reason that I liked this book is because I love Solara as the main character. She is someone you can easily relate to and fall in love with. Not only is she a talented mechanic, but she is very strong and independent. She's made some mistakes in her life, which makes her feel so real. It really made me love her when she decided to share the story of why she was convicted, I would have done the same thing if I was in her place, so I truly understand her actions and respect her.
The romance in this story was really well written. There was no love-triangle (thank god). And the romance is basically the opposite of insta-love. The two main characters have a real hate for each other, but need to depend on one another in order to survive. Its through time that they get to know each other, and the things that once made them mad turn into things they like about each other. Kinda hard to explain, but trust me its a great romance.
The world-building was fantastic, we get to see a different side of Earth from the stories of Solara and Doran's past. As well as a futuristic world where other planets are inhabited by human colonies. Each ship and planet the main characters go is very different and explained so well you think you're in the story yourself.
Overall, I'm adding this to my favourites shelf because I loved it so much. I cannot wait to read the next book in the series, and have already recommended this one to everyone I know. So if I haven't already told you, please check this one out. If you love a good adventure, or a beautiful new fantasy world, this is definitely the read for you.
While it did have a similar feel to FIREFLY, the plot and story in STARFLIGHT was still completely different, but it did have that whole space cowboy/bandit type feel with a cast of crewmates that are more family than coworkers. I loved that it had that same type of dynamics, and I really loved the characters!!! Solara and Doran were amazing and I loved slowly getting to know the others!! I also absolutely loved the world-building and I'm always a fan of space as a backdrop to a high-stakes adventure!
If you like FIREFLY, or even just stories involving some badassery in space, I think you'll love STARFLIGHT, too. It also gets mega bonus points because I "ship" Solara and Doran so freaking much (pun totally intended :P)!
I feel like I heard almost nothing, no buzz, about this book -- and as I know nothing about the author, nor have I had the courage to pick up ALIENATED yet, I don't even know what prompted me to add it onto my TBR almost a year ago -- in the months leading up to it's publication and even after the release it was so very quiet in the blog and twitter 'verse, with hardly any mention of it on anyone's radar (that I saw). Or at least there seemed to be no urgency for people to read it right away. But then, unexpectedly, I saw a review comparing it to Firefly and I immediately decided to give it a try. What can I say; I'm a sucker.
Except not this time!
This book was so. much. freaking. fun. Maybe it's because I went into this blind, with no real expectations. Or maybe I would've loved it regardless of hype. Because other than reading like a mishmash of the aforementioned space opera show that is so near and dear to my heart, this was seriously refreshing. We have no love triangle. No insta-anything. We have pirates. We have hate-to-slow-burny-love. Tons of action. Interesting side characters. Deadly space assassins. Hilarious banter. Conspiracies. And plot twists. And who doesn't love twists?
While there's a lot still unknown about the world(s), Landers did a good job giving readers what they needed to know in order to picture some of the structure to this future life of ours, but I'm hoping for more in the second book. However there is no super technical sci-fi space talk, she keeps things pretty light, so maybe that's the trade off.
The fact that there was no cliffhanger (and won't be one for the next one, either) and I'm already wanting to grabby hands the sequel companion novel is a pretty awesome feeling. There's no sense of being manipulated (which, hey, I'm not really opposed to) into reading the next book in order to find out what character or event hangs in the balance for our motley crew. It's just straight up joy in wanting to dive back into this writing and this series and these characters.
Even though it does appear that STARFALL is a companion novel, I would like to think the bits of Solara and Doran's story also get resolved within it's pages. For though this doesn't end on a cliffhanger we are left wondering.. what happens next? What do they do with what they learned? Unless Landers has even more planned, in which case I would be more than happy to wait and find out the answers to those questions in 2018!
STARFLIGHT seems like a bit of a dark horse book. But I hope it gets a lot more attention because it definitely deserves it. Truly, an unexpected delight full of thrills, love, adventure and how you can find your home in the most unlikely of places.. and with the most unlikely of people. This will be a book I read over and over again. Highly recommend
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