Sunday, 31 January 2016

'Starflight', by Melissa Landers

Title: Starflight (Starflight #1)
Author(s): Melissa Landers
Release Date: 2nd February 2016
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Genre: Science Fiction, YA
Source: Goodreads Giveaway (ARC)

Synopsis:
Life in the outer realm is a lawless, dirty, hard existence, and Solara Brooks is hungry for it. Just out of the orphanage, 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. Life on the Banshee may be tumultuous, but as Solara and Doran are forced to question everything they once believed about their world--and each other--the ship becomes home, and the eccentric crew family. But what Solara and Doran discover on the mysterious Planet X has the power to not only alter their lives, but the existence of everyone in the universe...

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This was one of my most anticipated releases for 2016 and I am glad to say it did not disappoint. I was incredibly lucky to win a proof copy of it over on Goodreads (which Melissa signed to me, and I might or might have not squealed a lot when I saw it) and it went straight into my list of favorite reads of 2015.

When I started reading it, I had a moment when I thought my anticipation was going to backfire since I could see the beginning of a trope forming that I usually don't like/is not done properly. There was the rich, jackass guy and the poor (albeit feisty) girl, and through shenanigans and forced circumstances they would eventually learn that the other is not so bad after all.

In the end, I had to give in and admit that I really enjoyed their chemistry and how the relationship developed along with themselves as characters. I might possibly have shouted 'Just kiss already!!' at the book on several occasions while reading it. A good sign that I am enjoying a book is when I start talking to it.

As for the science fiction aspect, I really liked the world building. I always appreciate when a futuristic/dystopian book has a nod to current issues, and in this case there is an underlying problem of a fuel monopoly. That is not something I have seen come up in YA often, and it was a great plus.

One of my favorite things about this story was the crew of the Banshee, the ship where both Doran and Solara end up in. With so many new characters thrown into the mix you would probably think that they would just mesh together as one blob of a group, but there is something to love about every single one of them, and they literally come from all corners of the universe. They reminded me quite a lot of the crews from Pirates of the Caribbean and Stardust. Don't ask me why, but they just do!

The pace in this book is unbelievable. There is rarely a dull moment, and it's hard to find a point where to stop the reading because there is always something happening and the anticipation just keeps you hooked. Take it from me, do not pick it up if you have something to do in the near future. You will end up procrastinating to read this and not feeling any guilt about it!

This is a great 'entry-point' science-fiction book if you want to start reading into the genre, while at the same time bringing something interesting and engrossing to everyone. An incredibly fast paced story that will keep you on your toes and rooting for the romance like there is no tomorrow!



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