Starflight by: Melissa Landers
Published : Feb 2016
Version Read : Hardback
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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.
I was excited to read this book when I ordered it. There were so many good reviews online for it, I thought it was going to be one of the best I’ve read. In reality was it? No, but I really enjoyed the book and I’ll be keeping it to read again in the future.
The first thing I have to say is that I love that the two main characters hated each other for the first part of the book. It was probably one of my favorite things about this book. There was no instalove that their relationship took time to grow. Now I doubt that I could get changed in front of a person I hated, but to each their own. I felt their relationship developed naturally and it took and “event” for them to fall in love rather than just looks.
I also loved all of the minor characters and thought they each brought something to the story that rounded it out. I’m left with a lot more questions about their backstories, but I guess that’s how the author wanted it. We’ll see what happens.
The other thing I really liked about this book is the pacing. While the story happens over several months, it doesn’t feel like it takes you months to read it. There is a little downtime here and there, but things keep happening and it makes sense to the story. There is nothing I hate more than a short book that takes forever to read.
I’m still not sure if there is going to be a book two in the world, but I hope so because I really enjoyed this one and would love to continue it.
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