Thursday, 10 August 2017

Review - Defy the Stars (Constellation, #1) by Claudia Gray

Title: Defy the Stars (Constellation, #1)
Author: Claudia Gray
Pages: 432
Publisher: Hot Key Books
Release date: 6th April 2017

Blurb from Goodreads: 

Noemi is a young and fearless soldier of Genesis, a colony planet of a dying Earth. But the citizens of Genesis are rising up - they know that Earth's settlers will only destroy this planet the way they destroyed their own. And so a terrible war has begun.

When Noemi meets Abel, one of Earth's robotic mech warriors, she realizes that Abel himself may provide the key to Genesis' salvation. Abel is bound by his programming to obey her - even though her plan could result in his destruction. But Abel is no ordinary mech. He's a unique prototype, one with greater intelligence, skill and strength than any other. More than that, he has begun to develop emotions, a personality and even dreams. Noemi begins to realise that if Abel is less than human, he is more than a machine. If she destroys him, is it murder? And can a cold-blooded murder be redeemed by the protection of a world?

Stranded together in space, they go on a whirlwind adventure through Earth's various colony worlds, alongside the countless Vagabonds who have given up planetary life altogether and sail forever between the stars. Each step brings them closer - both to each other and to the terrible decision Noemi will have to make about her world's fate, and Abel's.


My Review:

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to Bonnier Zaffre and NetGalley*

Noemi's home-world of Genesis is at war with the population of the dying Earth, who want Genesis for their own. Noemi is a soldier and is willing to sacrifice herself to save her planet.
When Noemi comes across a mech, Abel, in an abandoned spaceship, she is thrust into an adventure that will question her beliefs and lead her across her galaxy in her mission to protect Genesis.
After being stuck on a spaceship for three decades, Abel finds himself following Noemi's commands. Abel is a one of a kind mech and is more human-like than any other mech in existence.
Is Abel still a mere mech, or is he more?
Will Noemi be able to save Genesis?

I love a good sci-fi and Defy the Stars was an intriguing start to the series.
Noemi was a great protagonist - determined, intelligent and selfless. I liked and felt sorry for her. I was rooting for her to find a way to help her planet.
It was interesting to read things from Abel's point of view and to see his thought processes.
It was different that there weren't any aliens, only humans and mechs.
The plot was good but I did see a few things coming.
I liked the writing style and found it easy to follow, but I wasn't gripped.

Overall this was an enjoyable read that I would recommend.