Defy The Stars by Claudia GrayDefy The Stars by Claudia Gray

Defy The Stars

byClaudia Gray

Hardcover | April 4, 2017

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From the New York Times bestselling author of Star Wars: Lost Stars and Bloodline comes a thrilling sci-fi adventure that Kass Morgan, bestselling author of The 100 series, calls "startlingly original and achingly romantic...nothing short of masterful."

She's a soldier--Noemi Vidal is willing to risk anything to protect her planet, Genesis, 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's advanced programming has 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.

An epic and romantic adventure, perfect for fans of The Lunar Chronicles and Illuminae.
Claudia Gray is the New York Times bestselling author of many science fiction and paranormal fantasy books for young adults, including Defy the Stars, Defy the Worlds, the Firebird series, the Evernight series, the Spellcaster series, and Fateful. She's also had a chance to work in a galaxy far, far away as the author of the Star Wars ...
Title:Defy The StarsFormat:HardcoverDimensions:512 pages, 8.5 × 6 × 1.5 inPublished:April 4, 2017Publisher:Little, Brown Books for Young ReadersLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0316394033

ISBN - 13:9780316394031


Date published: 2017-10-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it!! I have no words for a coherent review here. One of the best YA sci fi books I've read in a looong time, with a POC female main character, fun and strong background characters, a wonderful quest, and an incredibly well-done romance. It's the kind of book you finish and immediately want to start again. Cannot WAIT for the sequel.
Date published: 2017-07-31
Rated 2 out of 5 by from A Sad DNF DNF @ page 150 I really feel bad to write this review because I am even disappointed in myself. I REALLY, REALLY, REALLY wanted to love this book. Claudia Gray is one of my most favourite authors without any doubt - her Firebird trilogy definitely has a piece of my heart, and it always will. I was stoked, ABSOLUTELY THRILLED to see that she has a new series coming out, however, I'm not really the dystopian-science fiction type of chick. I expected to enjoy this because the ONE AND ONLY Claudia Gray has written it, however, I was extremely disappointed with the outcome, and I was forced to stop reading it around page one hundred and fifty. Defy the Stars just seems like a book that was put together with bits and pieces of other YA stories. Cinder, These Broken Stairs, Illuminae... I enjoyed all of those books SO much, and this was just a blend of them all. And I saw that immediately when I began reading. The fact that this was unoriginal and boring makes me feel depressed, because I'm pondering whether it was Claudia Gray's writing or my tiredness of this genre that made me not enjoy this. Everyone seems to be giving this positive reviews, however I stand as a black sheep. This was slow-paced, and I couldn't feel any depth in the story. It was just a romance novel disguised as a science fiction story with a premise that I couldn't care less about. It's kind of a Romeo and Juliet story, where our two characters, Noemi and Abel, are basically forbidden to be together because they stand on two opposite sides of the social ladder in space. I did, however, find the setting to be extremely interesting. Spaceships and planets we never have heard of sound extremely cool, but the book as a whole was a bore. Defy the Stars was sadly unoriginal and boring, prompting me to put it down and not finish it. I couldn't care for the ending and whether there would be plot twists or if Abel and Noemi's relationship strengthened. This was just a complete disappointment. *A review copy was provided by the publisher in exchange for a honest review. Thank you so much!*
Date published: 2017-07-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from No words! I have no words for a coherent review here. One of the best YA sci fi books I've read in a looong time, with a POC female main character, fun and strong background characters, a wonderful quest, and an incredibly well-done romance. It's the kind of book you finish and immediately want to start again. Cannot WAIT for the sequel.
Date published: 2017-06-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Defy the Stars (Defy the Stars #1) by Claudia Gray In this book it would seem that Earth is a big ole arse hole. I mean they have set stuff loose on the galaxy and other things. They are fighting with Genesis that is another planet that some humans came to live a long time ago. Apparently there are humans all over the place on different planets and it's all awesome. It would be more awesome if they would quit fighting with each other about stuff that makes no sense, but does it ever?
Date published: 2017-05-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Give. Me. More. I loved this book! I was not expecting it to be a serie, because the ending felt satisfying enough, but I am so glad it is because I am in love with the characters and the universe!
Date published: 2017-05-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 4.75 "she's not sure why Mansfield decided to give a mech the capacity for sarcasm" stars DEFY THE STARS completely defied my expectations. Not going to lie, I didn't know much about this beyond the fact that it was Gray and it was sci-fi and also YA. I can be pretty easy to please sometimes. At least in the abstract sense.. but to see it all come together and be wow'd like I was, to find it so funny and be left heartbroken and pleased and delighted and surprised.. yeah, you're going to want to read this one. This has so much going for it that when I break it down it's going to sound ridiculous. Also unlikely. And maybe overwhelming. But it works. DEFY THE STARS isn't just fun hijinks in space and an unlikely partnership between a girl willing to die for a cause and a boy who is more robot than human. I mean, it is that, sorta. But it also weaves in philosophy and environmentalism and politics and faith and terrorism and altruism and love and belief and sacrifice and identity. Also it has a super pretty cover (which now makes so much more sense to me). Yet these ideals and concepts aren't just tossed into a blender and handed over for us to sift through and parse and check off on a checklist. Gray makes them all so.. elemental to the story, so natural, that you are swept up in it all. Even as you're experiencing all of these things with and through her characters. Oh, and you'll probably laugh your butt off a time or two. As far as the Noemi and Abel go.. I don't even know how to begin with these two. I loved Noemi. I loved everything about her. Her commitment to how she feels she's perceived by others, her selflessness, her doubts, her wonderings, and her loyalty. Her character grows so spectacularly over the course of the story but, like everything else in this book, is so natural and.. not reactionary but is instead appropriate to the circumstances she experiences, and the people she meets, after leaving her home world. And as for Abel.. Abel was just everything. The prototype mech, abandoned, discovered, needing someone to need him, a purpose. All of his malfunctioning bits. All his evolution. And the ending.. oh man, that ending. Seriously, if there isn't a sequel to this, I'll lose my mind. There is a plot point or two that I definitely predicted but to be honest I'm not sure it was supposed to be a big mystery shrouded in more mystery. It's definitely not a mark against the story by any means because I was just along for the ride in every other sense and loving every moment of it. I loved the almost HUNGER GAMES-like style of the planets in the Loop (you'll understand what I mean when you read it), I loved the secondary characters (with exception to one who we just didn't get time to know better), I loved the banter, I loved the feels, I loved all the messages within the text that never felt like messages at all.. and seriously, that ending. Yes. Please. I love it. But I want more.
Date published: 2017-04-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible Worlds and Great Characters I know we shouldn't judge a book by it's cover but doesn't the cover of Defy the Stars just promises great adventures? It's so stunning I can look at it all day long. The inside of this book also delivers a powerful captivating story. Defy the Stars was such a refreshing space saga. I had some doubts about the pacing but then I realized it's pretty perfect. There's a steady build up in intensity and importance of each event. The story had me completely sucked in. The world-building was incredible. I felt like I was experiencing each colony right alongside the characters. I was invested in the well-beings of the characters and wanted to know how they would steer through the obstacles they faced to reach their goals. Although their original goal does deviate (for the better), failure was not an option and they saw their mission through. The story starts off with us meeting Noemi Vidal, a girl who has accepted her fate. It was to be a meaningful end for her until a startling discovery sends her down a different path. Noemi encounters things she only imagined before, some never. I think this sentence sums up her experiences nicely. "Sometimes traveling to new places feels strange, but coming home feels even stranger. You don't expect the familiar to become unfamiliar, and yet it does." (p. 494). By the end of the book she's not the same person she was at the very beginning of the book. Some of the things she's seen and heard cannot be undone and it's made her question her standing. She has a bit of a wake up call which was, again, for the better. Abel is a robot or mech as they call it in the book but he's one of a kind special. I loved his every dialogue- arrogant yet sensitive, heartfelt yet hilarious (when he was talking about some specific programming of his). Ms. Gray's so on top of the robot talk. The gradual transformation in his speech was perfect. His changes were obvious. It was so awesome to see Abel come into his own! There's no way I can write a review without talking about Noemi and Abel. I was unsure if I could stand behind a relationship should one develop between them but I must say, Ms. Gray has me convinced. I would've like to see some more romantic moments but I can see why there weren't many. Their heart-to-heart conversations were sincere and endearing enough. We really get a deep glimpse into Noemi and Abel. Feelings might not be as clear as I like them to be but there's definitely something more left to be explored. The few supporting characters we got to interact with were fun. They provided other perspectives into the colony worlds and more than proved their worth. Such handy skills each possess. I have a feeling we'll be seeing more of them yet. Defy the Stars exceeded my expectations. I'm not sure where the story is going but I know for certain that I'll be along for the ride. I'm more than happy to travel through the Loop again and visit any of those worlds!
Date published: 2017-04-17

Editorial Reviews

"Startlingly original and achingly romantic, Abel and Noemi's adventure will linger in my imagination--and my heart--for eons. Defy the Stars is nothing short of masterful."-Kass Morgan, New York Times bestselling author of The 100 series