Title: Defy the Stars
Author: Claudia Gray
Series: Book one in the Defy the Stars Series
Science Fiction Young adult Fantasy
She’s a soldier. Noemi Vidal is seventeen years old and sworn to protect her planet, Genesis. She’s willing to risk anything—including her own life. To their enemies on Earth, she’s a rebel.
He’s a machine. Abandoned in space for years, utterly alone, Abel has advanced programming that’s begun to evolve. He wants only to protect his creator, and to be free. To the people of Genesis, he’s an abomination.
Noemi and Abel are enemies in an interstellar war, forced by chance to work together as they embark on a daring journey through the stars. Their efforts would end the fighting for good, but they’re not without sacrifice. The stakes are even higher than either of them first realized, and the more time they spend together, the more they’re forced to question everything they’d been taught was true.
Science fiction isn’t a genre that I usually read but sometimes you stumble into something like this and you can’t help yourself, you just eat it up. This book was great, the setting is filled with adventure (with a bit of a Star Wars air to it), war, escape plots, political intrigue, even the technicalities of cyborg (excuse my lack of a better term) creations was interesting.
There are so many aspects in this story, it makes you think about religion and what it means for everyone. It questions how far it’s too far when fighting for a cause you believe it’s just. It’s about self-growth and self-discovery.
“The opposite of faith isn’t doubt. The opposite of faith is certainty.”
The characters are wonderful, so well rounded. Their stories and reactions are relatable and believable. Noemi is a very strong female character she has to be being a soldier but she’s also compassionate and has a very well founded moral compass. She’s an underdog of sorts that you want to root for.
Abel is great, how he grows into his “humanity”, how he discovers feelings and emotions and thinks that they’re anomalies (it’s hilarious) how he starts to question his programming and develops his free will, it’s a great journey to watch.
“Your soul is bigger than your programming.”
The relationship between them is beautiful, how we get to see Noemi change her perception of Abel from a hated machine into a trusted friend maybe more. And how she learns from Abel about her own self-worth. In turn Abel grasps so many things from the way she sees the world and the things she values even more than her life. It was great, it even has such funny moments.
“Stop smelling the robot boy Noemi?”
I would totally recommend this, and after that bittersweet ending I certainly want more.