ARC Review: Starflight by Melissa Landers

Posted June 23, 2015 by Emily in Review / 0 Comments

Starflight Cover
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 outer 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 posted the actual book summary from the back of the book, because in my opinion, its awful. This is a classic case of don’t judge the book based on the summary. When I first read this description, I was shocked by how silly it sounded. The description to me sounds trite even now. She indentures herself and then they have to switch places and they learn something about each other in the process. How cliche and over done. Its like the plot of a 90s sitcom. Then its set on a spaceship where everyone becomes a family… so its a 90s sitcom set on Serenity from Firefly. I judged harshly.

Then I read it anyway. Oddly enough, the cover really grabbed me. I thought it was pretty and I figured I’d try it. To be completely honest, I was trying to find something to give a negative review to. I thought it would be bad and I would say that. Maybe I would even find my first DNF. (Yes, its true, I never DNF). I was so wrong.

Yes, a somewhat cliched plot drives the conflict at first, but reading, I found it didn’t bother me at all. The descriptions in the book and the characters sucked me in right from the beginning. I really liked Solara. She was sassy. She knew what she wanted and she went for it. Not to say that she didn’t make some stupid decisions along the way. Doran’s backstory was also very redeeming. He’s a jerk at first but over the course of the book he learns and turns into a character I really liked. There’s a point where he steps out of his comfort zone and takes a risk for Solara and after that I was hooked.

Since this was a book I was convinced that I wouldn’t like, I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked it.  This was a solid story and I’m really looking forward to the second one. I’m hoping that it will be a story about two secondary characters, Cassia and Kane who have secrets of their own. Look past the silly plot description and give this book a shot!

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