I absolutely ADORED Starflight by Melissa Landers 😀 It was fun, funny, action-packed, well-paced, and well-balanced, with amazingly endearing characters – of course I couldn’t get enough of it! I would’ve stayed up all night reading (to hell with sleep!) except that would’ve meant it ending too soon and I didn’t want that either. Needless to say, I still finished it far faster than I would’ve liked, but I just couldn’t help myself!
YA Sci-Fi = galactic action, space travel, complicated relationships, romance, and pirates (yes, pirates!)
Anyone who loves YA and/or Sci-Fi – there’s really no age-limit with this book J Special shout out to my fellow Firefly fans out there! I really think you’d love this story – it’s reminiscent of Serenity and her amazingly mischievous crew.
Starflight takes us on a galactic odyssey with Solara Brooks and Doran Spaulding, two former classmates on opposite ends of the social hierarchy. In search of a fresh start in the outer realms of the solar system, Solara finds herself with no other choice but to indenture herself to Doran, her high school tormentor, in exchange for a free ride and a new life. Soon after embarking on their journey, the two unlikely companions find themselves on a ship named the Banshee and in a universal load of trouble. Solara and Doran must learn to work together without killing each other as they, along with the Banshee’s quirky and mysterious crew, run from intergalactic police, assassins, and pirates, while fighting for their lives and their freedom.
Landers has created a spectacular universe – full of terraformed planets with beautiful and eerie landscapes. We get to see a spectrum of locales as we follow our protagonists through their travels, but of course, it being space travel, we also spend a good amount of time on the Banshee. And I’m definitely not complaining about that (Firefly fan, remember?).
All the characters in this book fascinated me. Admittedly, I had a rocky start with a couple of them – one in particular being a Grade A a**hole JERK. But it really took no time at all before I was in love with all the characters. Miraculously so, in some cases. It’s a testament to Landers’ writing and story-weaving capabilities that my mind was so convincingly changed. The character development is top-notch. There’s definitely more than meets the eye with Solara, Doran, and the Banshee’s crew and I think it’s all revealed in perfect timing.
What I Liked
Let me start with this book cover – I mean, look at it! Go on, I’ll wait…
It’s beautiful, right??? I know we’re not supposed to judge a book by its cover, but I’m not gonna lie, I TOTALLY judge books by their covers sometimes all the time. This was no exception.
I also really, really, really loved the character development. It was excellent! The pacing was perfect and allowed the story to progress naturally without forcing or rushing anything. In that sense, the changes we see in the characters are realistic, as is the romance. The action sequences were awesome and epic in equal measures and the comedy placement was flawless.
What I Liked a Little Less
The ending left me wanting more! It felt open-ended and I personally would have liked more closure, because that’s just the type of person I am. (Hi, my name’s D and I’m a Type A Control Freak. “Hiiiii, D”.) This is completely based on personal preference and does not reflect the quality of the writing or the story in any way.
Overall, I’d give Starflight 5/5 stars! It was well-balanced, with action, adventure, romance, and comedy in perfect quantities. (Yes, I’m using “perfect” an awful lot, but hey, if the shoe fits :P). I think you’ll enjoy this book whether you’re a Sci-Fi fan or not and I highly recommend it. Now excuse me while I scour the Internet to find out what else Melissa Landers has written and/or plans to write. I already know that she’s writing a companion novel/sequel to Starflight that focuses on two of the side characters, so I’m definitely looking forward to that!