What is up, people of Earth?? I hope everyone is doing well on this Wednesday! Today I am going to be ranting…I mean reviewing…Defy The Stars by Claudia Gray. You can find it on Amazon for less than $11 right now! I received this book in the April Uppercase Box and it was perfect timing because I was really in the mood for sci-fi and this book was nowhere on my radar. I did not even know it was a book until it showed up in my mailbox. EPIC BOOK NERD FAIL. The cover alone got me. It is gorgeous. I know I am not the only one who prefers a gorgeous book cover over an ugly one. We like pretty things. It’s okay. There is no judging here. I accept you all the same.
*The following review may or may not contain spoilers. I can never be sure. Read ahead at your own risk!*
First, the Goodreads blurb…
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.
SOUNDS SOOOOOOO COOL, HUH???? I was blown away by the blurb and how awesome this book sounded. I could not wait to crack it open and get my sci-fi fix!
This book took me almost two months to read because I kept having to put it down. The story, although cute, was really slow. At times there was so much information it was as if I could feel the dump landing on my shoulders and weighing the story down. There were multiple parts in the story that should have felt action packed and loaded with drama but because of the sheer amount of info dumping we got those parts were seriously down played. We were given so much info leading up to those action packed moments that the moment itself felt uneventful. It was also very hard for me to connect with the protagonist, Noemi. She was all soldier and very closed off. I get that it is part of her characters personality but there was so much info on the world and scene building, maybe we could have thrown in a few more pages to get to know Noemi better? I found it easier connecting to Abel, the mech. He was much easier to relate to because he was becoming a more advanced android or mech. Learning to be more human, and a better one at that, is something I think we call can relate to.
I really enjoyed the way Gray worked through what it took to be human. I really felt like she broke down the important characteristics of what it is to be a GOOD person. I think Abel was a great vessel to take on that task. We basically witnessed Abel grow up throughout this book. We worked through how and when to think logically or with the heart and how to know which one to follow. We learned what it means to be a perfectly sane person and have huge moments of anxiety. We learned that it is okay to go against our programming if we know we are about to do something wrong in order to make the right choice.
This book did not really give me the full sci-fi feel. I think because it was futuristic and took place in a different galaxy (maybe?) but it didn’t really go beyond that too much. Or, at least, I did not feel like it did. It was creepy to read how Gray portrayed Earth though….woah. The thing about science fiction is that it is a world unknown and going into a world unknown gives the opportunity to face every day problems in a knew light.
I hope you enjoyed my review! Let me know what you think in the comments! But first, can we just appreciate the beauty that is the Defy The Stars cover…..holy WOW!
Live long and prosper!