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
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.
WHAT I LOVED
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.
WHAT I DIDN’T LIKE SO MUCH
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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