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STARFLIGHT by Melissa Landers - Review

August 13, 2017




My rating: 4 of 5 Stars

How I Got It: Purchased Hardbound

Publication Date: February 2016

Publisher: Disney Hyperion

Point of View: 3rd Person

Genre: Sci-Fi Romance





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So this book is my second read of Sci-Fi August . . . and I honestly expected it to be a dud. I mean, it followed directly after Illuminae, which was amazing and suspenseful and surprising and innovative and . . . I mean, seriously. Then I read the first few pages of Starflight and thought, Oh no. This one’s going to be fluffy, and I’m not going to like it. It’s going to suffer by comparison.


I was wrong.




Well, for starters I loved that this book was absolutely nothing like Illuminae. It was its own thing in every way, a complete darling of a book, full of brightness and humor and just plain FUN.  While I thought at first that it would be a disadvantage, it proved an advantage. Other than both books falling squarely in the sci-fi genre, they literally had nothing else in common, so I was able to enjoy them both for what they are.


Starflight reminded me so much of the Firefly TV show, which I adore. I mean, a ragtag group of scapegoats, each with secrets that might compromise the safety of the others, learning to trust each other and form a haphazard but tightly-knit family? Yeah, lots Firefly vibes here.


The adventure in this book was a lot of fun. Melissa Landers definitely knows how to keep the pace up as she continually throws her characters into worse and worse situations, and we get to have a ball watching them try to get back out again. But the action always serves to deepen the characters and their bonds to each other, which is smart writing.




Well, this book was ultimately just fluffy fun. And there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that! I enjoy a book that’s nothing but fluffy fun. But . . . I’m not going to give a totally fluffy fun book five stars. That’s not a knock against the book, it’s just simply that I don’t see myself necessarily wanting to reread this anytime soon. (Though I WILL be recommending it to friends who just need a fun story to curl up with and get lost in!)


Also, I will say that while I loved the development of the romance, I didn’t love it once the characters were totally falling into each other’s arms. The slow-burn element was fun, but the actual gushy stuff was just kind of gaggingly gushy. (Very much how I felt about Strange the Dreamer, honestly . . . though I adored that book too!)


Anyway, all that to say—if you are a hardcore sci-fi reader, this might not be the book for you. But if you LOVE the Firefly TV show and would like a story that recalls some of those feels, this book is absolutely the book for you! Also, if you’re like me and not totally convinced that sci-fi is a genre you can simply enjoy reading . . . pick up this one. Because it’s just so darn fun, you might change your mind.


And seriously, people, why did it take me so long to start reading YA sci-fi? This is a two-for-two win so far this month, in a genre I didn’t think I’d enjoy that much. Also, I’m seriously enjoying The Diabolic, which is my current read. Is it possible to have three great reads in a row? Maybe . . .



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