Genesis is a planet that used to be a colony of Earth but has been at war with Earth for years now fighting for their independence. The humans of Genesis have lost many lives fighting the robotic mech army of Earth over the years. Now there’s a plan in motion that will cost more Genesis lives but hopefully turn the tide for Genesis.
Noemi Vidal is a teen soldier for Genesis that lost her family at a young age and now will do anything to protect the only person she is close to in her life. However during a training mission leading up to the Genesis plan that Noemi volunteered for there is a surprise attack and Noemi finds herself stranded on an abandoned ship where she comes across the most advanced mech she’s ever known, Abel.
While Abel should be Noemi’s enemy his programming forces him to obey her and the pair soon find themselves teamed up on the biggest adventure across the galaxy trying to save Genesis before it’s too late. After spending time with Abel Noemi comes to realize that he’s not only advanced but appears to have a soul and a mind of his own.
Defy the Stars was a fairly fast paced young adult science fiction fantasy mostly taking apart in space. The characters were absolutely wonderful in this one, Abel especially quickly became a favorite as he was often quite funny. Noemi however was a very strong and determined young lady that I couldn’t help but root for.
If I had to make any complaints about this story the only thing I could think of was I wish there had been a bit more build up in the beginning about Noemi, her past and her relationship with her friend. However, considering this book was over 500 pages and it didn’t lose my interest at any point I really can’t complain since I usually have a short attention span for lengthy novels. This however kept a good pace and I never felt it slowed down or got boring.
Overall, 4.5 stars for Defy the Stars, will be looking forward to seeing where the author takes this story in any future installments.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.