Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray
Published by: Little Brown Books for Young Readers on April 4th, 2017
Genre: YA, Science Fiction, Romance, Fantasy
Source: Borrowed from the library
Summary (from Goodreads): She’s a soldier.
Noemi Vidal is seventeen years old and sworn to protect her planet, Genesis. She’s willing to risk anything—including her own life. To their enemies on Earth, she’s a rebel.
He’s a machine.
Abandoned in space for years, utterly alone, Abel has advanced programming that’s begun to evolve. He wants only to protect his creator, and to be free. To the people of Genesis, he’s an abomination.
Noemi and Abel are enemies in an interstellar war, forced by chance to work together as they embark on a daring journey through the stars. Their efforts would end the fighting for good, but they’re not without sacrifice. The stakes are even higher than either of them first realized, and the more time they spend together, the more they’re forced to question everything they’d been taught was true.
Review: I’ve been reading a lot of books set in space recently so of course I had to read this one. I didn’t mind her multi-verse trilogy and her writing was just as good in this one. It was an interesting concept with their being 5 different planets that can have human life all connected by different black holes. Earth is attacking Genesis and is pretty much the head honcho in this 5 planet system. As Noemi is out defending her planet she runs into Abel, an android.
These two team up to find a way to stop all these planetary wars. They start off not on the best of terms but an interesting relationship forms between them. The romance is not heavily within the novel but lightly sprinkled in there. I liked getting to see the different environments of each of the planets that they visited.
The pacing of the novel was good and the timing made sense. There’s funny moments, romantic moments, and major conflict. It was your typical YA read and I would recommend it to those who like Gray’s writing or YA sci-fi novels.