My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Publication Date: February 2nd 2016
Point of View: 3rd Person & Alternative
Recommended Age: 13+
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Romance, Family, Danger, Pirates, Love-Hate Relationship
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…
Anyone for a terrific, action-packed and unforgettable adventure in space?
Hop in! You know you want to.
I wish I could say that I’m not surprised Starflight captured my interest so fast and held on to it until the very last page.
But the truth is, I very much am.
I’m one of those readers who are wary of YA science fiction because, most of the time, it doesn’t make any sense to me. And the nomenclatures always manage to destroy my excitement for a sci-fi book.
Except, Starflight is everything a sci-fi book should be. Not only that, but it’s much, much better than Melissa Landers’ previous series, Alienated.
It’s so many things combined: original, entertaining, family-themed, well-written, incredibly addictive and so, so interesting.
Both the world-building and characters the author created deserve a raucous hand of applause! I couldn’t get enough of the spaceships and their crews aka pirates.
That’s right. Pirates. In space.
Solana and Doran get off to a rocky start, her indenturing to him being the catalyst to a dangerous game of cat and mouse in space.
Everyone’s after them. They’ll both go to prison if they get caught (or worse). But the crew is there to protect them, and before they even know it, they found a new family.
The best thing about Starflight is hard to pinpoint, because everything works to make the reader beg for more: the dynamics between the crew members, the love-hate relationship Solana and Doran share, the mysterious circumstances in which the crew came together and every dangerous situation the characters get caught up in.
It’s all so fun to witness.
There’s very little that is predictable about this book, which comes as no surprise since, in space, there’s no way to assure one’s safety.
I recommend this book to all of you who are looking for something different and unputdownable.