Starflight by Melissa LandersStarflight by Melissa Landers

Starflight

byMelissa Landers

Hardcover | February 2, 2016

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Solara Brooks needs a fresh start, someplace where nobody cares about the engine grease beneath her fingernails or the felony tattoos across her knuckles. The outer realm may be lawless, butit's not like the law has ever been on her side.
Still, off-world travel doesn't come cheap; Solara is left with no choice but to indenture herself in exchange for passage to the outer realm. She just wishes it could have been to anyone besides Doran Spaulding, the rich, pretty-boy quarterback who made her life miserable in school.
The tables suddenly turn when Doran is framed for conspiracy on Earth, and Solara cons him into playing the role of her servant on board the Banshee, a ship manned by an eccentric crew with their own secrets. Given the price on both Doran and Solara's heads, it may just be the safest place in the universe.
It's been a long time since Solara has believed in anyone, and Doran is the last person she expected to trust. But when the Banshee's dangerous enemies catch up with them, Solara and Doran must come together to protect the ship that has become their home-and the eccentric crew that feels like family.
Melissa Landers (melissa-landers.com) is a former teacher who left the classroom to pursue other worlds. A proud sci-fi geek, she isn't afraid to wear her Princess Leia costume in public-just ask her husband and three kids. She lives outside Cincinnati and in the small town of Loveland, "Sweetheart of Ohio."
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Title:StarflightFormat:HardcoverDimensions:368 pages, 8.62 × 6 × 1.12 inPublished:February 2, 2016Publisher:Disney-HyperionLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1484723244

ISBN - 13:9781484723241

Reviews

Rated 4 out of 5 by from Surprising Read This was such a fun read! I did not have high hopes going in but I enjoyed it. I got attached to this crew throughout the book, and I see the likeness to Firefly that's been mentioned. Fun, adventure, made families, space pirates, cute small companion animal. The romance felt a little unnecessary to me, but it has in most books lately. I would have really appreciated it just being a book about family and friendship, but it wasn't too overbearing except for a couple scenes.
Date published: 2017-03-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great! I loved that this book has such a strong female lead. She's witty and funny, and not a damsel in distress. The space setting is really well thought out, and the characters are fairly well developed. It's a fun read with a cute love story.
Date published: 2017-01-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Just Like a TV Show This honestly felt as if this was a spin off of Firefly and if you know what Firefly is then you know that it was cut short. I needed more Firefly feeling stuff and I loved the feeling of this book. It was incredible
Date published: 2016-12-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Lovely Outer Space Story I have been dying to read this book since last September. After having read two out of the three books in the Starbound series, I began searching for other stories of the same genre to get my fix of galactic travel, adventure and romance. I was not disappointed with Starflight. I liked the main character tremendously, rough around the edges, fighting to survive and make a life for herself. Logical, but with heart and a knack for machines, she was a joy to get to know. The secondary characters added great depth to a story that takes the reader across the universe. The plot was straightforward, but with many obstacles the characters had to face and overcome. Halfway through the book I knew I would love to read a second installment of this story. The writing was effortless and helped move this very eventful story along at a constant and good pace. Overall, this was a very good read, although sometimes so much happens that it was getting difficult for me to remember everything. I would have loved to read a sequel to the story of Solara and Doran. I recommend it to anyone, who enjoys YA fantasy with a hint of romance set in space.
Date published: 2016-11-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect for FIREFLY fans! Ahhh!!! I've been considering rewatching FIREFLY lately and this made me want to do that even more!!! I remember when I first saw the cover and read the description for STARFLIGHT months ago that it sounded like it had a similar vibe to FIREFLY and it really did!! The story, the characters, it all was absolutely fantastic!!! I really, really loved this book, and I'm already eagerly looking forward to re-reading it in the future! While it did have a similar feel to FIREFLY, the plot and story in STARFLIGHT was still completely different, but it did have that whole space cowboy/bandit type feel with a cast of crewmates that are more family than coworkers. I loved that it had that same type of dynamics, and I really loved the characters!!! Solara and Doran were amazing and I loved slowly getting to know the others!! I also absolutely loved the world-building and I'm always a fan of space as a backdrop to a high-stakes adventure! If you like FIREFLY, or even just stories involving some badassery in space, I think you'll love STARFLIGHT, too. It also gets mega bonus points because I "ship" Solara and Doran so freaking much (pun totally intended :P)!
Date published: 2016-11-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Liked it! This book was an interesting sci-fi with decent characters and a good plot. It started slow, but picked up after 100 pages or so. I wish more time had been spent on the found family aspect instead of the enemies-to-lovers trope, but it was still a good read. It was a very soft sci-fi, easily accessible to anyone who doesn't normally read the genre. I liked how none of the characters were perfect, all of them were good people but flawed. This made them likable. Overall, I enjoyed reading it.
Date published: 2016-10-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Thrilling & Absolutely Fun I've had Melissa Landers's Starflight on my TBR forever, but I finally had a chance to read it recently. Now I'm wishing I picked it up sooner! Starflight is a wildly entertaining adventure across space! I couldn't get enough of this thrilling, pulse racing YA science fiction story as Solara and Doran put aside their differences and tried to evade arrest and outrun deadly space pirates! Hardship and being overlooked is all Solara has ever known. Raised in a crowded orphanage by nuns, it was her skills as a mechanic that earned her a scholarship at a prestigious academy. But one mistake has cost her what could have been a promising future. Felony tattoos now mark her knuckles, and only a fresh start in the outer realm can help her... if Solara can get off-world in the first place. Doran Spalding is the epitome of privileged, wealthy, and handsome. He's the ultimate golden boy who always has the best of everything, while Solara only owns hand-me-downs and barely has a credit to her name. Solara's never understood why Doran always tormented her in high school, but in her desperation to leave Earth, she temporarily indentures herself to him in order to gain passage on board the luxury spaceliner Zenith. In an unexpected twist, however, Solara and Doran soon find themselves on the Banshee with its ragtag crew instead. Back home, Doran has been framed for conspiracy, and only a mysterious set of coordinates left behind by his father can possibly help clear his name. I wasn't sure how I could possible fall for Doran since he's arrogant and bullied Solara for so many years, but he really does try to redeem himself. And Solara might have a soft heart, but she sure knows how to give Doran a taste of his own medicine, to my immense delight. I enjoyed Starflight so much! It was fast-paced and so exhilarating to read, but also knew exactly how to tug on your heartstrings too. Starflight can be read as a standalone, but if you're not ready to say goodbye just yet, you can read Starfall next year! It will be a companion novel focusing on Cassia and Kane as the lead characters, with Solara and Doran taking on a supporting role. I hope Starfall will be just as addictive and absolutely fun to read as Starflight!
Date published: 2016-06-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Review from This is the Story of My(Reading) Life Starflight did a really good job of momentarily filling my Firefly shaped void. Space and a ragtag group of outlaws is epically my thing. And the added bonus of space pirates, yea you head me, just took Starflight to a new level of cool. Landers does a really good job of writing romantic sci-fi tales that leave me hungry for me. In this case the romance was both love to hate and slow burning. Come on, those two tropes are like made for each other. Solara is finally a YA heroine that isn't "secretly beautiful". She's a tough girl with a spunky personality and a skill set that is useful(I wish I could fix shit even a quarter as good as Solara). Doran is an entitled douchebag, but you know how it is, he learns that his money and charming personality won't always save him. Thus his better side starts to show and I couldn't help but be charmed by him. Eventually. Their banter really locks you in. It was both hard and easy to imagine that Starflight takes place over months. Both reading and the time in the book flew by and I think that's the best part. I loved being sucked into something so much that I have no concept of time. Starflight isn't totally about the world building; it's all about the cool cast of disheveled characters on board the Banshee going on an intergalactic adventure full of crazy schemes and action. I might have also been brainwashed into needing a sugar glider because ADORABLE.
Date published: 2016-04-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Enjoyable. I didn't hate it but it didn't throw me off my chair either. It's a very enjoyable read but I believe that it definitely lacked something to make it more outstanding and I can't exactly put my finger on what that is. The plot is interesting (although is took quite some time before it really picked up), the world building was great, the characters were fine but that's the thing…everything was just fine. I couldn't develop any form of attachment to the story and that really surprised me because the characters have such interesting and brutal backgrounds and there's the TWIST which I didn't see coming at all. I would recommend this book after a heavier read to help take your mind elsewhere and take a breather, kind of a in between read.
Date published: 2016-03-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Slow at first but grabbed me by the end All Solara Brooks wanted was passage to the outer realm but to get that, she must become the indentured servant yo spoiled Doran Spaulding for the duration of the trip. Circumstances land them on a vessel named the Banshee instead of their spaceliner, the Zenith, and Solara and Doran are forced to work together, and with the crew of the Banshee, in order to avoid the people suddenly pursuing them. If they can avoid prosecution, they have a chance at learning the truth and exposing the people who set them up, and maybe changing the lives of everyone in the universe. I was really excited for this book because I love sci-fi, especially when it involves a group of misfits becoming like a family. It was an entertaining read with a lot of action, growth, and characters I really enjoyed reading about. I can see why it was pitched as “Overboard” meets “Firefly”. The book was told in the two POVs of Solara and Doran. The contrast between the two main characters was interesting. Solara was an orphan who had to beg for passage in order to get to the outer realm and find a job to survive while Doran was the spoiled, rich kid who loved tormenting her as her sole means of getting that passage. Solara was easy to like. She was dealt lousy circumstances in life but she was determined to do whatever she had to do to make a life for herself. She could be ruthless if she needed to be but she also cared about other people, especially those she considered friends. Doran, on the other hand, was extremely easy to dislike at first. Not only was he spoiled but he was a bully and seemed to have no concern for those he deemed unworthy of his time. It took time and growth for him to turn into someone I could root for as a character but I ended up really liking his development. There were so many great side characters in this book that made it such a great read. The whole crew of the Banshee was amazing and I would have read an entire book of just them sitting around the dinner table playing their games and teasing each other. It was highly entertaining. The plot was a little slow at first, mostly to set up for what would happen later. It wasn’t boring and I did enjoy it. It gave me a good idea of just how brutal the world was and why characters would have to go through such lengths to protect themselves. The romance was definitely slow burn. There was a lot of hurt feelings and trust issues between Solara and Doran that it seemed impossible for them to become anything more than allies at some points, but there was always chemistry even when they wanted to deny it. The last third of the book was extremely action packed that it was impossible to even think of setting the book down and there may have been a few times when I stopped breathing for a few seconds. Overall, I really enjoyed it and I’m glad I don’t have to say goodbye to these characters yet because there is a companion novel coming out. *I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Date published: 2016-02-13

Editorial Reviews

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