Thursday, June 9, 2016

Review: Starflight

Starflight (Starflight, #1)Author: Melissa Landers
Series: Starflight, #1
Released: February 2nd 2016
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Length: 369 pages
Source: Publisher for review
Buy: Amazon

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...

Melissa Landers’s Starflight has been receiving some pretty enthusiastic reviews lately, full of praise for the cleverness of its plot, excellent dialogues and the author’s wicked sense of humor. If you’re familiar with Landers’ debut, Aliented, I’m sure you know that humor is her strongest selling point, but even in that Starflight is far superior. I was surprised by this book’s spirit and charm, not to mention the loud bursts of laughter it surprised out of me. The words ‘pirates in space’ should be enough to sell you on the idea of this book.

Solara is a fantastic heroine, resourceful, genuinely strong and willing to do anything to achieve her goals. She’s made some mistakes in life for which she’s still paying dearly, but she’s determined to make the best of her situation. At the very beginning, she agrees to work for Doran, a boy who bullied her in school, because it’s the only way for her to travel where she wants to go. Doran treats her horribly and she pays him back at first opportunity, which leaves us wondering how a romance between the two would ever work.

When they join a pirate ship with its odd crew of misfits, Doran and Solara are forced to work together if they want to stay alive and preferably free. Theirs isn’t an easy truce and they spend most of this book fighting and miscomunicating. It actually does work out in the end, mostly because Landers allows them both plenty of time to transform.

The secondary characters take this book from cute to really special. I liked everyone, from the kind and repentant kleptomaniac to our true starcrossed lovers. I expected Solara and Doran to remain alone, but they found a new family in space when they least expected it.

Starflight will be getting a companion novel about Cassia and Kane, but Solara and Doran will play at least some role in it. Some things were left unresolved and I can’t wait to learn where their travels might take them.

A copy of this book was kindly provided by the publisher for review purposes. No considerations, monetary or otherwise, have influenced the opinions expressed in this review.


  1. Somehow, I haven't seen this one around. It sounds perfect. You always make me want to read more and more books! There's not enough time each day!!!

  2. I liked her Alienated series but didn't love it so I'm glad this was a stronger novel. I think I might like this one.

  3. I like the contemptuous relationship between the two, but I'm worried the bully will grate on my nerves. Still, I'm curious. :)

  4. I read the first book in the Alienated series and then really became selective in what YA I have me curious about this one,

  5. I'm very happy to see you enjoyed this book, Maja. I had so much fun reading it myself. I wasn't the biggest fan of her Alienated book, but I liked this one so much. Solara was my favorite. I adored the secondary cast too. I was a bit nervous about the romance, but it ended up working wonderfully for me.
    I'm excited for the next book! :)
    Lovely review, Maja!

  6. AH yes I heard great things about this one but I confess that I'm anxious about the sci-fi part, mainly the space part as it's always something complicated for me

  7. Nice! I really need to read Melissa's books and this is one of them! It sounds like a fun read! And yeah pirates in space really grabs one's attention!! LOL! Great review!

  8. OMG I loved this book so much! I do think Melissa needs to write about some aliens or something lol O wait she already did that and that book was amazing to lol. I so can't wait for the companion book to this one. Love the site.

  9. YEAH!!!! I so enjoyed this one too Maja! I haven't read her Alienated books, but this was such fun, so I'm going to go back and read them at some point. I can't wait for Starfall (I think that's right?)!

  10. I tried it win this one on GR but alas no

  11. I'm so behind because I've been meaning to read this one forever and I'm really glad to hear that you really enjoyed it! I really NEED to grab me a copy already!

  12. I have yet to read a book by this author but I'm glad to hear that this was a solid read! I think I'll hold off on picking this up until the companion releases so I can read them back-to-back but I'm definitely going to be getting my hands on a copy very soon! Lovely review, as always, Maja! :)

  13. I'm glad you enjoyed this one to! I really enjoyed the secondary characters as well. :)


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