Defy the Stars

Defy the Stars

Book - 2017
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Teenaged soldier Noemi and an enemy robot, Abel, who is programmed to obey her commands, set out on an interstellar quest to save her home planet, Earth colony Genesis.
Publisher: New York :, Little, Brown and Company,, 2017
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780316394031
0316394033
Characteristics: 503 pages

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I loved how at first Noemi and Abel were enemies at first sight then became allies then fell in love because of the change that they made in the worlds. But I really wish and hope for a sequel because the author made the ending happy but sad that Noemi and Abel didnt end up together but was always together in their hearts. It was such a heartwarming story that just mad me feel relaxed.

MelifluousView Jul 22, 2018

Noemi and Able were interesting characters. I enjoyed both of their perspectives, and how they had to challenge the assumptions they had lived with in their own worlds. Noemi's change in how she saw Able...from machine to something more...was weaved into her narrative in ways I appreciated.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Mar 18, 2018

What if in the future, we found more planets that could be inhabitable? What if humans started jetting across the galaxy to colonize them? Could it be possible that this is all the result of the dying of our Earth itself? Meet "Defy The Stars," the book that opens up the world of futuristic characters and events. Two protagonists, each with their own desires and trials, must team up to save their world. I really thoroughly enjoyed this book, from start to finish. In the beginning the names were a bit hard to grasp, but it all spun together nicely at the end.
- @Siri of The Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

sarahbru17 Jul 03, 2017

Characters: 9/10
Plot: 8/10
Writing: 8/10
I really enjoy Claudia Gray's writing, and I love this story concept. Anything space and androids, and I'm there, so I loved it for that. The two main characters were well-developed, and the plot had a clear end-goal.
However, a few of the plot points felt forced, as if they were just put in there for conflict, rather than to actually move the story towards its ultimate goal. I'd be interested to read the sequel, though I'm not grasping for it desperately.

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schaarzy
Jul 01, 2017

I really liked it! Once I got passed the strange tense (third person present) it was a super easy read with loveable characters and plot twists littered throughout. I was also pleasantly surprised with the positive representation of people of faith in the world-building and character development. It was refreshing to see that something popular isn't void of that stuff yet.
Overall it was a clean, exciting read that I'd read again and will be awaiting the sequel to :)

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jac523
Jun 11, 2017

This was a fantastic space adventure! Robots and romance are a great combo, add in some fantastic world building and you have a book that is something special. Bring on book 2!

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BogartBlue23
Apr 30, 2017

Love Claudia Gray! My favorite series of hers is The Firebird Trilogy. (One Thousands Pieces of You, book #1). I was really excited for this new series, and it was everything I thought it would be. Action-packed, humorous, and full of classic sci-fi love, including spaceships and discussions about AI versus a human soul. A great read! Can't wait for the sequel.

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SuzzieTN
Apr 22, 2017

I need the sequel now! This series is pretty addicting already. The dialogue has a good share of funny dialogues between the characters, the characters are so likeable, and readers will love the connection that establishes between Abel and Noemi.

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RedCherries
Jun 18, 2018

"She's a soldier - Noemi Vidal is willing to risk anything to protect her planet, Genesis, 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's advanced programming has 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."

-Goodreads

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