I finished reading Starflight by Melissa Landers last night for an Around the World ARC Tour.
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 in need of a book that I could get absorbed in and just fly through. Surprisingly, this book, which was a mix of distopian/sci-fi (maybe?), did just the trick. I'm usually not a fan of that genre but I enjoyed this one.
Maybe because it was really character driven along with the all the action. And we all know how much I love my character driven stories. Each and every character, both main and secondary had their own backstory, which we learned about. And I loved all of them for it.
I'm not sure how I feel about Solara and Doran. It might be a spoiler, but come on, it's YA, you know they're going to end up together. I just felt like on his end, it was kind of bam! sudden feelings. I liked how you could see Solara's feelings grow over time.
This is the first book in the series and I'm eager for the next one to come out.
I gave this book a rating of 4/5.
Starflight will be released on February 2, 2016.
*FTC Disclosure: I was given this book for free for an honest review as part of the Around the World Tours.