Starflight by Melissa Landers | Book Review

21793182Title: Starflight

Series: Starflight #2

Author: Melissa Landers

Genre: YA Science Fiction

Pages: 369

Format: ARC

Received: From NYC Comic Con

Published: February 2nd, 2016 by Disney-Hyperion

Book Description:

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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Starflight was yet again another great science fiction read from Melissa Landers. Landers perfectly combines the contemporary high school tropes and tone with a wonderfully built science fiction world. I didn’t feel the same attachment to the characters that I did in Alienated. 

I loved the space opera genre, it led to a fun and exciting story. I’m really excited that there will be a companion novel featured Cassia and Kane, because this world would be wasted as just a standalone. Though I was completely satisfied with the ending of this novel, which is rare for me with standalone genre novels.

Solara and Doran’s relationship had such a great progression. I am a sucker for a love/hate relationship. Doran and Solara both had really great character arcs and development. Solara and Doran were chock full of imperfections, which made them all the more likable as the story progressed.

I was particularly fond of the rag tag team that made this space opera have that kind of dirty feel, by dirty I mean it didn’t have that clean modern feel that a lot of science fiction tends to take on. This book was very different from Alienated because of that. It just didn’t blow me away. I read this after reading illuminae by Amie Kauffman and Jay Kristoff, two very different books but having two YA in space books back to back reflected on how I much I enjoyed this one. Illuminae was exceptional, where Starflight was really good.

I am all for more YA in space. Landers is a fantastic science fiction writer, though I would read anything that she writes. Starflight is a book that I highly recommend and I will be highly anticipating the release of Starfall.

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