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I Belong

Review: Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray

AnimatedCoverGIFTitleDefy the Stars

AuthorClaudia Gray

Genre: YA Science Fiction

Series: Defy the Stars (Book #1)

Publication Date: April 4, 2015

Format: Hardcover, 512 Pages

ISBN-10: 0316394033 (LB Kids)

ISBN-13978-0316394031 (LB Kids)

Reviewed by: Bridget


She’s a soldier.

Noemi Vidal is a seventeen years old and sworn to protect her planet, Genesis. She’s willing to risk anything—including her own life. To their enemies on Earth, she’s a rebel.

He’s a machine.

Abandoned in space for years, utterly alone, Abel has advanced programming that’s begun to evolve. He wants only to protect his creator, and to be free. To the people of Genesis, he’s an abomination.

Noemi and Abel are enemies in an interstellar war, forced by chance to work together as they embark on a daring journey through the stars. Their efforts would end the fighting for good, but they’re not without sacrifice. The stakes are even higher than either of them first realized, and the more time they spend together, the more they’re forced to question everything they’d been taught was true.

Quick & Dirty: Action-packed adventure full of humor, romance and heart! I really enjoyed this one and would highly recommend it to YA sci-fi fans.

Opening Sentence: In three weeks, Noemi Vidal will die–here, in this very place.

ExcerptChapter One

The Review:

Noemi Vidal grew up on the planet Genesis and for the last few years they have been in a deadly war with Earth. She has trained to be a fighter pilot against the deadly machines earth sends to try to take over her planet! She’s willing to do anything to stop Earth, even give up her life!

Abel had been stuck on an abandoned space ship for the last 30 years. He is a robot but his creator made him different. He has emotions and feelings that make him seem almost more human than machine. All he wants is to be free from his prison and to return to his creator!

When Noemi and Abel’s worlds collide they are forced to work together. Both determined to save the people they love, they will embark on a dangerous journey to stop the war for good!

I adored Noemi right off the bat. She’s a little rough around the edges and a no nonsense type of person but she also has a big heart. She cares deeply for the people in her life and she has no problem sacrificing everything to save her home. She is a heroine you can root for and admire!

Abel was so clever and adorable! I loved how he had a calculated answer to everything but the way he presented it was witty and fun! He’s a total know-it-all but surprisingly he has a lot of compassion for others! His relationship with Noemi was so cute! They were good people on their own but they were amazing together! I definitely fell hard for Abel and I think he has made it onto my fav book boyfriends list.

Defy the Stars is an action-packed story full of humor, romance and adventure! I truly enjoyed the world that Gray created. It was so imaginative and interesting! The plot was very intriguing and the pacing was perfect! I loved all the characters and just thoroughly enjoyed reading this! If you didn’t know, I am a huge fan of Claudia Gray and this was once again another fantastic read! If you enjoy YA science fiction this one is a must read!!!

Notable Scene:

What hits her next is that Abel’s already attracting attention. A lot of it. Not because he looks like a machine, but because he might have the single most perfect body Noemi’s ever seen. Or imagined. He could be some ancient marble sculpture, with his pale skin, developed muscles, and exact symmetry. If she didn’t know he was just a machine, she might even think he was…


FTC Advisory: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers provided me with a copy of Defy the Stars. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.


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