Date started: June 1st
Date finished: June 6th
My rating: 3/5 stars
I didn’t realize that this book was written by the same author who wrote A Thousand Pieces of You, which I coincidentally stopped reading about 15% in to read A Court of Wings and Ruin (because let’s get serious, ACOWAR comes out and you gotta drop everything in your life to read that.) And A Thousand Pieces of You just wasn’t super interesting to me.
Enter Defy the Stars. This book was moderately entertaining but definitely not at first. The story was slow going and it took awhile for me to really get into it.
The concept of the book is Noemi is a citizen of a terraformed planet called Genesis that is in a war against Earth. She’s now on a suicide mission to try to damage the gate between Genesis and Earth so that Genesis can gather reinforcements to win the war (which is totally unlikely.) On one of her missions, Noemi stumbles upon the Daedalus, an Earthen ship that has been abandoned for the last 30 years with Abel, the most advanced mech of all time stuck on board. Abel is just trying to get back to his creator and is joining forces with Noemi to try to get back home.
And adventure ensues.
There were a lot of things that I liked about this book once I got through the first 20%. The beginning is sooooo slow. I was just not having it. But ultimately I’m glad to stuck with it because it ended up being better than I expected.
- I liked the concept of all the different planets and the gates that lead from one planet to another. It makes space travel easy to imagine for me.
- Earth is the bad guy. I mean, how cool is that?!
- ABEL! He’s an advanced mech who was given the capability to feel emotion and his though processes and reasoning to understand emotions and why he’s responding the way that he does was incredibly endearing.
- Abel being snarky and arrogant (which he determined that he was the most advanced mech of all time and it wasn’t being arrogant if he was right)
- Did I already say Abel? Better put it on here again just in case.
- It’s a space book that isn’t so completely overwhelming with technology. I cannot stand books that are overrun with new cool gadets that I really could care less about.
- Abel. Mhmm.
- WTF IS THE NAME NOEMI!? I could not pronounce that right the entire book and was getting so frustrated every time seeing her name being like, “NO-EH-MEEE” I had to sound it out every time and it was so annoying! I just ended up calling her Naomi for my own reading sanity.
- Is this a romance…that was really weird for me the entire time…because he’s a robot…and she’s a human…..are they….is this gonna happen…oh lord have mercy……
- Noemi just wasn’t doing it for me. I didn’t really understand her story that much or even really get into it. Her backstory was explained but not in a way that I really felt a connection to her. Maybe if there had been some flashbacks with her and her adoptive family. There were plenty of Abel flashbacks.
I spent the whole book trying to figure the eff out why Mansfield created Abel. I even thought that maybe he created Abel to be the ultimate leader of planet Earth that Mansfield would work through, which would create such a weird rift between Noemi and Abel. Did he create him as a weapon?? Was he the smartest bomb ever?? What. Was. It?!
So then when I found out that he was going to BECOME Abel, I was shocked but also kind of disappointed. I thought it could’ve been way more dramatic. Because now he’s just on the run from Mansfield because he’s about to die…not like all of planet Earth is relying on his return which I was thinking it might be.
The romance in this book was so…odd. The whole time I was wondering if we were gonna go full blown human / robot love connection or if they were just gonna be friends. I guess I dont’ mind the way that it ended with Noemi kissing Abel to say goodbye to him and Abel accepting that she didn’t feel the same way as him…but still… It was just odd to me and I wasn’t completely comfortable with it. I would’ve preferred it to be like This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab so you would at least know that they’re just going to be friends and you don’t have to worry about anything weird happening.
Wow. This review seems pretty negative. Hahaha. But! Really it wasn’t bad. Three out of five! I’ll probably read the next one in the series and will have forgotten everything by the time it comes out.
What did you think?! Am I being too harsh on this book? What did you think of Abel and Noemi?