Wednesday, April 5, 2017



DEFY THE STARS is a solidly enjoyable book. The last 30% of the story found me not wanting to put it down. I read well into the wee hours of morning to finish it. It has a thought provoking premise, and the author was able to weave some strong contemporary sociopolitical messages within its futuristic environment.
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I described this book as not being "YA SciFi light" in the beginning (which delighted me, by the way) because it was pretty tech dense and had a fair bit of sciencey content, but that calmed down after about the first 20%. So if you start reading and feel you are wading knee deep, keep reading because the plot really takes off and the last third of the book is fast paced and action packed. There is not really any romance. There is only flirtiness, and one short kissing scene; although it did explore the theme of love and what love can be. Of course all of you who know me know I am not a fan of grunting and groping, so the low key romance was a plus for me. Ha ha. I also love AIs and this book delivered!
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My favorite YA books are the ones that weave insightful messages throughout the storyline about sociopolitical, morality, and environmental issues. You get all three with this book, so I was triply impressed!

Title: DEFY THE STARS Author: Claudia Gray Pub. Date: April 4, 2017 Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers Pages: 512 Formats: Hardcover, paperback, eBook, audiobook.

Noemi Vidal is a teen soldier from the planet Genesis, once a colony of Earth that's now at war for its independence. The humans of Genesis have fought Earth's robotic "mech" armies for decades with no end in sight. After a surprise attack, Noemi finds herself stranded in space on an abandoned ship where she meets Abel, the most sophisticated mech prototype ever made. One who should be her enemy. But Abel's programming forces him to obey Noemi as his commander, which means he has to help her save Genesis--even though her plan to win the war will kill him. Together they embark on a daring voyage through the galaxy. Before long, Noemi begins to realize Abel may be more than a machine, and, for his part, Abel's devotion to Noemi is no longer just a matter of programming.

Claudia Gray is a pseudonym. I would like to say that I chose another name so that no one would ever learn the links between my shadowy, dramatic past and the explosive secrets revealed through my characters. This would be a lie. In truth, I took a pseudonym simply because I thought it would be fun to choose my own name. (And it is.) I write novels full-time, absolutely love it, and hope to be able to do this forever. My home is in New Orleans, is more than 100 years old, and is painted purple. In my free time I read, travel, hike, cook and listen to music. You can keep up with my latest releases, thoughts on writing and various pop-culture musings via Twitter, Tumblr, Pinterest, Goodreads or (of course) my own home page. If you want to contact me, you can email me, but your best bet is probably to Tweet me. I don’t do follows on Twitter, but I follow everyone back on Tumblr, Pinterest and Goodreads.
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