Starflight by Melissa Landers Review!

Author: Melissa Landers
Genre: YA Sci-Fi
Date Published: February 2nd, 2016
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Page Number: 369
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 just finished Starflight by Melissa Landers, and I am in shock. I had NO idea that I would love this book so much. From start to finish, this book had me hooked because Solara and Doran are the kind of characters that capture your attention and then capture your heart. At first, I hated Doran, and that's kind of why I loved this story because as time went on I got to see the real side of Doran, which was so lovable and amazing. I love stories that make me seriously change feelings about a character like that. That just shows how great the character development is in this story. Then we have Solara, who acts like a hard and unemotional person, but as the story went on, we get to see just how vulnerable and caring she really is. I fell in love with all of the Banshee crew members, honestly.

     This book was full of emotion, action, adventure, romance, serious character development, humor, mystery, and anticipation. I did NOT expect this book to satisfy me like it did. As most of you may or may not know, I usually don't read sci-fi book because in my experience, the featured topics are way over my head, use hard to understand technical language, or they just don't feature a story line that I like. However, this is probably one of my favorite if not THE favorite sci-fi books I've ever read. It had all the sci-fi elements that you love like space travel, space pirates, laser weapons, different worlds, etc. what I love about it most (apart from the characters that is) is that Landers doesn't feel the need to use tons of technical science language or anything like that to describe the atmosphere of the book or things that are happening. I didn't feel the need to have a dictionary close by like I did in the past with sci-fi books, and that was awesome. Anyway, for someone who doesn't usually like sci-fi books, the fact that I adore this one is shocking AND it should tell you that it's freaking amazing.

     I had so much fun reading this book from beginning to end, and I am SO glad that I picked this book up because it is a book that any genre lover would love. It has everything a book lover could ever ask for in it, and that's what makes it amazing. It's a plus that there is romance in there too because I love a good romance element, especially with Solara and Doran. Man, do I love those two. I seriously wish I had more time with them. I didn't want Starflight to end because I was having so much fun and I was so hooked on the story.

     Needless to say, I freaking love this book, and it took my mind away from my currently stressful life, for which I am also grateful for. If you are looking for an awesome book to read that allows you to get away from the world and your problems, then this is the book for you. It will take you on a wild ride and you will love every minute of it. I give Starflight five out of five stars!!

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