Defy the Stars
Author: Claudia Gray
Published on: 4 April 2017
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Romance
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Noemi is a young and fearless soldier of Genesis, a colony planet of a dying Earth. But the citizens of Genesis are rising up – they know that Earth’s settlers will only destroy this planet the way they destroyed their own. And so a terrible war has begun.
When Noemi meets Abel, one of Earth’s robotic mech warriors, she realizes that Abel himself may provide the key to Genesis’ salvation. Abel is bound by his programming to obey her – even though her plan could result in his destruction. But Abel is no ordinary mech. He’s a unique prototype, one with greater intelligence, skill, and strength than any other. More than that, he has begun to develop emotions, a personality, and even dreams. Noemi begins to realise that if Abel is less than human, he is more than a machine. If she destroys him, is it murder? And can a cold-blooded murder be redeemed by the protection of a world?
Stranded together in space, they go on a whirlwind adventure through Earth’s various colony worlds, alongside the countless Vagabonds who have given up planetary life altogether and sail forever between the stars. Each step brings them closer – both to each other and to the terrible decision Noemi will have to make about her world’s fate, and Abel’s.
I had such high expectations for this novel as I’ve read and loved another of Claudia’s novel, ‘A Thousand Pieces of You’. The world building in that novel is absolutely brilliant and one of a kind. However, Defy the Stars didn’t live up to my expectations. The reason is that there is a higher emphasis placed on character development as compared to world building. I’m able to picture how surreal Kismet is, how dull looking Cray is and Stronghold being an industrial powerhouse while I’m reading the novel. But, that’s all. There isn’t anything else that will make me go ‘wow, this planet is amazing. How I wish I could be there on the planet to experience what it has to offer.’
With that said, I enjoy reading about Adel’s character development in. It is extremely rare to find a novel which is written in the point of view of an android. Because of that, I was interested to read how Adel is going to grow from being a robot who is programmed to perform certain functions to an actual ‘human being’ which has his own thoughts and opinions. Adel did have numerous struggles at various points in the novel when he tries to understand the different types of feelings that he is experiencing and it is the struggles which Adel faced that makes this novel so fascinating.
There isn’t a large emphasis placed on romance in this novel but I love how Defy the Stars isn’t one of those ‘love at first sight’ novels. Instead, we get to gradually see the chemistry gradually develops between the two protagonists.
It is really entertaining to read about Abel’s character development as he didn’t even know that he is in love with Noemi until someone tells him so! That is pretty amusing. XD
On the whole, Defy the Stars is a good read though I expected the plot to be more mind-blowing, and full of unexpected twists and turns which will catch me off guard. However, those are absent in the novel. Nonetheless, I will still be looking forward to the 2nd novel as I’m curious to see the decisions Kismet will make in an attempt to stop the war between the two nations. And I would love to see more of Abel and Noemi. ❤