February 2, 2016
Source: Netgalley, e-ARC
I was provided with this ARC by the publisher and Netgalley in exchange for my honest opinion.
Life in the outer realm is a lawless, dirty, hard existence, and Solara Brooks is hungry for it. Just out of the orphanage, she needs a fresh start in a place where nobody cares about the engine grease beneath her fingernails or the felony tattoos across her knuckles. She’s so desperate to reach the realm that she’s willing to indenture herself to Doran Spaulding, the rich and popular quarterback who made her life miserable all through high school, in exchange for passage aboard the spaceliner Zenith.
When a twist of fate lands them instead on the Banshee, a vessel of dubious repute, Doran learns he’s been framed on Earth for conspiracy. As he pursues a set of mysterious coordinates rumored to hold the key to clearing his name, he and Solara must get past their enmity to work together and evade those out for their arrest. Life on the Banshee may be tumultuous, but as Solara and Doran are forced to question everything they once believed about their world–and each other–the ship becomes home, and the eccentric crew family. But what Solara and Doran discover on the mysterious Planet X has the power to not only alter their lives, but the existence of everyone in the universe.
I was wavering on how to rate this book. Ultimately I settled on a 2.5 because I just couldn’t give it 3 stars.
It was a pretty fast read. I basically read it in one sitting and I wasn’t really ever bored while reading. There was plenty of action to keep me engaged and interested. Terraformed planets, space pirates, runaway princesses, intergalactic hit men. There was a lot going on, and even though it wasn’t perfectly executed, I didn’t hate it.
I enjoyed both the Main and secondary characters. In fact, the secondary characters were pretty great. Renny the kleptomaniac was interesting and Kane and Cassia were adorable (I might actually check out the sequel because apparently it will be focused on them).
Solara and Doran, our MCs, were fine characters. Nothing particularly annoyed me about them (beyond the obvious fact that Doran starts off the book as a complete jackass). I wasn’t too attached to them, but I didn’t want one of them to be kidnapped by a bunch of space pirates. Plus, Doran when through some nice character development, even if Solara didn’t.
I’m a sucker for a nice slowburn romance, especially one that evolves from hate to love. And that’s exactly what happened in Starflight. Even though I was a uncomfortable because Doran was SO horrible to Solara at the beginning, the romance was one of the better aspects of this novel, in my opinion.
While I get the overall gist of this world, I’m a bit confused. I have no idea when in the future this takes place, as the Earth is still around and populated, but there are many different solar systems involved. I have no idea what this Solar…something…is. I even forget what they were called, but basically I think they are like the government but I’m not even sure. I like knowing how shit works, especially in books that take place in the future. I don’t need the entire history of how things came to be, but it’s nice if at least the basics of how the future is ruled is laid out for me.
It kind of just ends. Nothing is really resolved and we don’t really find out what the hell has been going on. What about the fact that Doran is a fugitive? What about the fact that his father is in jail? And his mother? I mean, we really are just left hanging and I’m a bit confused as to whether this story is over or not. And with that little twist at the end it just feels entirely unfinished. The author says that it is a standalone novel and that there will be a companion novel that focuses on other characters but there is still so much more of this story I wanted to know about. I’m not positive if I will be continuing on to read the companion novel, but If I do I really hope it resolves all these issues.
Also, it was an odd book for trying to pinpoint an age group. For the most part It was more geared toward the younger YA set, but there was kind of a lot of, not sex exactly, but allusions to sex. I have no problem with younger YA reading that, but it does seem a bit strange.
All in all, it was entertaining, but nothing really special.