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From the New York Times bestselling author of Star Wars: Lost Stars and Bloodline comes a thrilling sci-fi adventure that Kass Morgan, bestselling author of The 100 series, calls “startlingly original and achingly romantic…nothing short of masterful.”

She’s a soldier — Noemi Vidal is willing to risk anything to protect her planet, Genesis, including her own life. To thei

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.

An epic and romantic adventure, perfect for fans of The Lunar Chronicles and Illuminae.
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    Melissa ♥ Dog Lover ♥ Martin

    Apr 13, 2017

    rated it
    it was amazing

    Shelves:
    own,
    sci-fi

    UPDATE: This awesome book is $2.99 on Kindle US today 8-17-17

    Well I loved it and I’m glad I did because I’m tired of some of those pretty book covers pulling me in, but that is neither here nor there.

    I love space books =) It’s like my new thing that – uh – started last year. So, it’s not THAT new but who cares.

    In this book it would seem that Earth is a big ole arse hole. I mean they have set stuff loose on the galaxy and other things.

    They are fighting with Genesis that is another planet that

    Well I loved it and I’m glad I did because I’m tired of some of those pretty book covers pulling me in, but that is neither here nor there.

    I love space books =) It’s like my new thing that – uh – started last year. So, it’s not THAT new but who cares.

    In this book it would seem that Earth is a big ole arse hole. I mean they have set stuff loose on the galaxy and other things.

    They are fighting with Genesis that is another planet that some humans came to live a long time ago. Apparently there are humans all over the place on different planets and it’s all awesome. It would be more awesome if they would quit fighting with each other about stuff that makes no sense, but does it ever?

    Noemi is just a girl but she’s a soldier that is out in space fighting to save her planet, Genesis. And she is fighting these mechs that come from Earth. Were made by this dude on Earth I should say.

    When Noemi is out fighting she can see her friend Ester is following a mech and she’s in trouble. While trying to save her friends life, Noemi drags Ester’s little fighter ship onto a deserted ship that is actually an enemy ship. But what is a girl to do, she has to take her chances. This ship is called the Daedalus and it turns out it has been deserted for 30 years BUT, it’s not deserted. Dum, Dum, Dum <– that was my lame excuse for music

    Anyhoo, this is where Noemi finds an advanced mech named Abel. They try to kill each other at first and then Abel decides he’s going to let Noemi be his new master. <– there is something there for someone to catch but it will only be the really smart sci-fi peeps to break my code! Lol

    Noemi and Abel end up going on this big ole adventure around the galaxy trying to stop some stupid thing Noemi’s planet has set up to do. They also meet people, find out those revelations (gotta have them people), kill things, find out more revelations, and get in trouble here and there.

    That about sums it all up. I’m not going to write a lonnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnng, drawn out review because who wants that and my reviews make no sense anyway.

    I just know that I love it and I look forward to the next books and ungth, the ending was really great but why……… I want everyone back together and getting on with it =) And your first kiss among the stars, sigh . . .

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    Simona Bartolotta

    *I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

    “And as always, she wishes her most secret, most selfish wish:
    If only I could explore it all.

    •I obviously believe this book to be deliciously written, skilfully paced, blessed with two leads that are absolutely beyond compelling, but I also think I loved as unconditionally as I did because of past conditioning (I think there’s a pun here), meaning: are you familiar with Isaac Asimov? If you’re not, again, wh

    “And as always, she wishes her most secret, most selfish wish:
    If only I could explore it all.

    •I obviously believe this book to be deliciously written, skilfully paced, blessed with two leads that are absolutely beyond compelling, but I also think I loved as unconditionally as I did because of past conditioning (I think there’s a pun here), meaning: are you familiar with Isaac Asimov? If you’re not, again, why are we even friends please go pick up his Robot series, short stories included. I’m suggesting this for your own good, and not because I’m utterly and hopelessly obsessed with it since when I read it at 12. Not at all.
    Anyway, my point is, Asimov was the first to ever introduce me to this very peculiar kind of characters that are robots able to experience human emotions, and after I read him, no author was able to repeat his magic, not to me. (Yes, those books are this good.) So, you see, the robot-with-feelings trope is one I could never say no to or get tired of. I can turn down the chance to read a retelling, or a whodunit, or any other type of novels I hold dear, painful as that might be, but turning down a book featuring a robot with personality? I couldn’t do that to save my life.
    How does this all relate to the book? Well, Defy the Stars made me feel again many things I thought only Asimov and that series could make me feel. For this, I’m deeply grateful.
    To sum it up, what I wanted to say with this long introduction is simply that maybe, in other circumstances my rating would have been more of a 4.5. But really, this is all irrelevant. The book is spectacular. Read it. But since what I’m going to write now is a very enthusiastic rave review, I feel it’s my duty to remind you that you should always dive into a book with realistic expectations, no matter what.

    •Fun fact number two is: when I started it, I didn’t know Abel was a robot. Which is pretty dumb of me because the blurb is more than clear about it. But when I add to my wish list books by authors I already know, I only give the blurb a cursory glance and don’t think too much about it. That’s what I did with Defy the Stars. And then, in chapter two, I found it out. And seriously, I was so happy. Like, over-the-moon happy. Punch-me-in-the-face-so-I-know-I’m-not-dreaming happy.

    I guess the actual review starts here. Sorry if the introduction took so much. But they were all very unnecessary things, as you can see.

    •By now you know that when I hate a book, it’s probably because of the characters, and that when I love it instead, it’s probably because of the characters too. Well, apparently this is one of the fundamental laws of the universe because it proved to be true. Again.
    Noemi Vidal and Abel, model 1A of the Mansfield Cybernetics line are, as I said, compelling beyond belief. Empathizing with them is basically immediate. Noemi was orphaned when she was very little, and now she is a soldier of planet Genesis fighting against Earth, which is trying to invade her world; Abel is the most advanced mech (simply another term for android) in the whole galaxy, and as a result of an accident happened to the ship he was travelling in, he’s been stranded in the middle of nowhere, on that same ship, for the past thirty years. I mentioned what their initial situations are because these circumstances play a pivotal role in their characterizations.

    “He isn’t supposed to hope. Not like humans do. Yet during the past several years, his mind has been forced to deepen.”

    Almost all her life Noemi has been led, though unintentionally, to believe that she was unimportant, unwanted, and therefore expendable. Abel, for its part, has had that same preconception about himself embedded in his programming since before he even was active. This is not only merely something that they have in common, but it’s also, as I saw it, the red thread that progressively brought them closer and closer throughout the whole novel, the mirror that helped them see themselves in the other, and it constitutes a conviction each of them will have to learn to face as a first step, and then to review radically.
    Abel’s humility (only in this; he’s more of a bragger in general, which is 100% cute) in particular, the impossible slowness with which he realizes he’s after all more human that he and anyone thinks, tore at my heart time and again.

    “[Noemi] wants only safety for her world. She wouldn’t kill innocents to win it.
    I cannot count as an innocent, Abel decides. Mechs are designed to risk their lives where humans cannot. Otherwise, they’d never have been invented in the first place. They are, by purpose and design, disposable.”

    •I’m usually not easy to satisfy when religious issues are brought into play, but I loved that Noemi actually had doubts, as much as I loved the simple yet deeply true way she found of dealing with them. Religion is a big part of her world and of the book too, but the author didn’t overdo it and managed to actually make me feel touched by Noemi’s efforts to find her -hers, not anyone else’s- answers in her own way.

    “It’s dangerous—being angry at God—but Noemi can’t deny the bitter rage she feels at this one last proof that she isn’t enough for God, for the Gatsons, for anyone at all.”


    Abel’s relationship with his creator is, along with the characterization of Abel himself, probably the strongest asset of the whole novel. And not only because it’s objectively masterfully developed and shown, but also because it’s so efficiently conveyed… well, it will wreck you. It almost killed me for sure. At one point there is this plot twist, and while I’m sure it wasn’t unpredictable, you also are completely unable to brace yourself, precisely because Abel’s emotions feel so true to you as a reader. And since Mansfield, Abel’s creator, wasn’t even then most of the time, the only character responsible for us feeling so deeply about their father/son relationship is Abel: in other words, the robot boy is perfectly able to convey the full importance of one of the most fundamental bonds of human life. And he does it mostly by telling and with very little showing
    I. Am. Astounded.
    This is what I call a well-written character.

    •I’ve already outlined, a couple of paragraphs above, some of the specifics of Abel’s and Noemi’s relationship, and that’s really all I’m going to say. Just know that their banter, the awkwardness, every single interaction of theirs and their dynamics in general; everything is so touching and funny and lovely. Every word and every gesture is in the right place a the right time. It’s slow-burn, delicious, and more wistful and sad than you’d expect. They’re both torn between their duties and their wishes, and since there really seems to be nothing to be done about it, since they firmly believe it is so, it’s hard for them to even accept that maybe they can do something about it. I ached for them all the time.(view spoiler)

    “Even then he’d known she would set him free. He just hadn’t known in how many ways that would be true.”



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    Plus, have I mentioned how funny is their banter? Especially certain jokes about prostitution. (I made you curious now, didn’t I?)

    (Also, I don’t know if you notice how invested in the romance I get when Claudia Gray’s the one who writes it… because Abel is basically my new Paul Markov, even though I’ll never stop loving Paul Markov.
    No, honestly. The romance is usually my literary equivalent of a turkey shoot. This woman’s got talent.)

    •I know I haven’t even mentioned things like the plot or the world building and I’ve been talking like forever, I know. But remember what I said at the beginning? The best books for me are al about the characters. But rest assured that every other thing –plot and world building, pace and writing– will not dissatisfy you. I couldn’t have enjoyed it so much had they proved to be any less than good or pleasant, and they’re all far more than that, though I don’t doubt you could find a couple of flaws if you looked close enough. (One thing that’s still bugging me, for instance, and which is probably the most futile of them all too, but whatever, is: what’s with all those mentions to Han Zhi? He was literally everywhere and had no purpose whatsoever.)
    The thing is that I, personally, don’t see the point in that. Defy the Stars made me feel so deeply involved and I found the characters’ development so complex and convincing, I really don’t need much else.
    Plus, it’s got robots.

    The ending obviously destroyed me. I wouldn’t exactly call it a cliffhanger, but sure it felt like one to me. (view spoiler)

    “Tell me,” Akide says. “Where do you think Abel’s gone? What is he likely to do next?”
    “I don’t know.”
    It’s the truth. And in some ways, that’s the most wonderful truth of all.”

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    ➽ I’m sure you got how I feel about the book by now, but anyway: to put it simply, Defy the Stars was able to play on my heartstrings and make my soul sing in a way few books have. My legendary soft spot for robots with feelings certainly played its part and I’m completely happy with and unapologetic about it. Can you pick it up even if robots don’t seem to do it for you? Absolutely. In fact, that’s all the more reason to give it a try.

    *All the quotes are taken from the ARC and are subject to change*
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    Elise (TheBookishActress)

    I know many of you may be ignoring this one because it looks like a typical scifi romance drama. Don’t. Yes, there is a romantic element, but it’s definitely not the whole book. The main characters have a very slow buildup to romance, and it never overtook the book. I’m not much of a romance fan myself, but this book was so much more than that. Give it a try even if you’re worried.

    This book is inevitably going to be compared to every sci-fi book published in the past five years. So here, I did

    This book is inevitably going to be compared to every sci-fi book published in the past five years. So here, I did it for you! If you liked any of these books, Defy the Stars is probably a good pick for your next sci-fi.

    — It’s a little like Empress of a Thousand Skies in the interesting thematics, multiple planetary sites, and fast-paced plot, although I think this one is a little more high-quality with less debut-novel issues. 

    — It’s also a little like Illuminae because of the super-fast plot, romance from both points of view, and readability, but it lacks the weird formatting and has more character work.
    — No, it’s really not like the Lunar Chronicles. It’s got way less of a “happy ever after” feel. There’s a hint that a great squad dynamic might pop up in book two, but… this book is really just a bit too dark to get compared to TLC. 

    — It’s ALSO a little like The Abyss Surrounds Us for the fast-paced plot, badass mc, banter / humor, and good romance. Except without the wlw, sadly. Btw, if you haven’t heard of this one, you should definitely check it out. 

    — I think the closest comparison is probably All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terril for the fast-paced plot, good characters (although this one has more specific development), and romantic element (although there’s no love triangle!)

    PACING, PLOTTING, WORLDBUILDING

    The plot here is super fast-paced and addictive. Defy the Stars is definitely a book that requires bingeing. Ignore the time it took me to read this; I rushed through it. If not for my buddyread pacing and the fact that I forgot it at my mother’s house for a week, I would’ve finished this in two days at most.

    I totally loved the worldbuilding. This book is filled with moral conflicts and nuanced discussions of violence and rebellion. Moral issues are completely my thing, y’all. If you like moral issues at all, you should DEFINITELY pick this up.

    THE CHARACTERS

    Noemi is a total badass with a slow journey from prejudice to trust. She’s a bit outwardly unemotional (way to break archetypes!!) and stays steadfast to her ideals. Her character development here was executed SO well. Her opinion on Abel doesn’t change because of love; it changes because of her realization that he has a soul. I also loved that she was religious but the book didn’t push religion. Do you know how rare it is for books to take a neutral stance on religion? I was so impressed with this.

    I loved Abel. “Robot who slowly develops emotion” is apparently a character archetype I am interested in. His character development is slow and feels incredibly realistic. I loved him from the beginning.

    Better to be hated by Noemi than to be irrelevant to her.
    That reaction seems irrational—emotional—and yet Abel knows it to be true. Or maybe he’s malfunctioning more badly than he realized.

    My one complaint could be the book’s emphasis on love as a vehicle for humanity. Here’s the good news: his character development is not about him falling in love. Here’s the bad news: his falling in love is portrayed as “him becoming more human“ and I… could’ve done without that, I guess. You’re not required to fall in love to have a soul. I would’ve preferred if that notion had not even been implied.

    Next we’re going to talk about the romance, and here’s the section where I always lose people. But for once I’m not losing followers, because I loved the romance. It’s a slow-burn enemies-to-friends-to-dating relationship. I loved that Claudia Gray doesn’t rush this relationship! She takes a while to build it all up, and nothing remotely romantic even happens until page 400/500. We all know that I really love couples with great dialogue and banter going on. Abel and Noemi have some of the best.

    “What’s the first thing I said to you?”
    Abel cocks his head, and finally he looks like himself again. “I remember it perfectly, but you almost certainly don’t. Therefore, reciting the words cannot serve as a viable test.”

    The side characters made an impression on me as well. Mansfield is an effortlessly compelling villain; the conflict between him and Abel’s personal agency was written perfectly. I loved the dynamic between Riko and Ephraim. They’re two idealists, part of the same sect, trying to find a way to solve Earth’s problems. And Virginia is SO AWESOME. She’s fucking hilarious even at dark moments. And I’m so glad Harriet and Zayan came back, too. Honestly, I just love every side character. I want them to become a badass squad.

    A FEW DISLIKES

    So this book wasn’t totally faultless. While the plot was fast-paced and had me on the edge of my seat for the whole book, there were a few plot conveniences that left me annoyed. For example, at one point Abel and Noemi happen to form the same plan for different reasons and manage to meet up on accident. That’s overly convenient, and we all know it.

    But on the other hand, I’m beginning to think this is just a fault of sci-fi. I’m not sure I’ve ever read a sci-fi book where there wasn’t a convenient moment. All in all, if you typically enjoy sci-fi novels, this shouldn’t bother you.

    VERDICT: I definitely have to recommend this to anyone who enjoys scifi. Put this on your tbr even if you’re not usually a fan of romance. Trust me, it’s not just a romance.

    Spoiler-Filled Notes
    — That moment where Virginia flipped off Mansfield was GOLD
    — and the moment where she was like “stop hugging we have a war to fight”
    — I just really fucking love her
    — I love the main couple here so much I actually love them
    — the moment with Mansfield? bye

    Pre-Read

    My second buddy read with the person who keeps deleting Sana and my first buddy read with the person who keeps spilling tea and Maggie, the non-dramatic one! Shut down the coat discourse immediately please
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