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Solara is eager to leave Earth and find herself a new place to live with a job as a mechanic and basically have the independence she craves. The thing is, she's an orphan with no credit to her name and on top of that, she's been branded a criminal, a small one, but still. No one wants to hire someone they can't trust. So she hides them behind gloves. Much to her dismay, the only one willing to hire her as a servant is Doran Spaulding, her nemesis from high school and a general pain in the you-know-what! And naturally, Doran makes her life on the carrier ship a living heck.
I was surprised by how quickly the circumstances that lead to Doran and Solara changing roles and boarding a pirate ship happen. Solara will do whatever it takes to gain her freedom and independence and if it involves using a clueless Doran, then all the better right?
Since this is told in multiple third person points of view, we even get inside Doran's head for a bit. And learn that he has his own ulterior motives as well for wanting to get to the outer realms. His father had sent him on a "secret mission" and it's one he plans to fulfill to the letter. He quickly learns, along with Solara and the crew aboard the ship, that someone has turned against him and made him out to be a fugitive when he really hasn't done anything illegal at all.
I really enjoyed the characters in this story! True, Doran was a complete ***hat in the beginning. But having read earlier reviews, I knew that was bound to change. Though it was going to be hard to believe that he could change himself, I was delighted to see the process. Other members of the crew, such as Cassia and Kane were another entertaining duo! These two bickered with one another constantly, but yet, you know there was something between them. It takes awhile before their story unfolds, but I loved watching these two bicker with one another! It always got a laugh out of me! And I think I heard the next book in the duology will center around them, so yay!
Then there's Renny who's another older sort and a kleptomaniac but he's got a good heart. And Captain Russo was another delight! He seemed like he would be the sinister sort, but in truth he was much more fatherly like than I expected! You can't help but love these guys!
This book had so much action to it! A subtle kind, as our characters are itching to get to their destinations, there's always more trouble afoot. Enforcers are after Doran, and Solara by defauly, as are Daeva, which is like a super police squad with no morals or conscience other than to get the job done, and of course more space pirates! With enemies hot on their tails at ever turn, this gaggling crew will have to work together. More importantly, Solara and Doran will have to work together!
As for the romance of the story, I have to say I really enjoyed the slow burn! Solara and Doran started out hating each other then move onto being comrades, then friends, and eventually, something more! I really enjoyed this than anything more direct from hate to love. There's always so much more in between that happens with feelings, I think their progress just added fuel to the fire and once they realized that there's more to their feelings, it was just even more emotional than I could've expected!
There were quite a few laughs in this one too! Solara and Doran have a way with one another. Even if they weren't aiming for laughs, it was still a funny thing to see! Especially with their teasing! And of course, Kane really got the most laughs!
The suspense and pacing to this was spot on! I quite enjoyed the shocking reveal that came up towards the end! I was kind of expecting it too...like literally moments before it was revealed! LOL! There was yet another moment that took me by surprise and left me with all the feels. But it was definitely a fitting moment.
The ending itself kind of leaves me thinking we're not fully done with this line of the story. Yet, things are left in a good place. No cliffhangers really, other than just the sense of wondering what our band of misfits will do next! And I'm itching to find out!
Starflight was one wild read! If you're looking for adventure, romance, humor, suspense, and pirates...in SPACE, then I highly urge you to check this read out! It's an adventure you don't want to miss out on!
Overall Rating 4.5/5 stars
You have to do that in books if your story requires strong bonds among characters. But it's done so lazily here that I can't really swallow the pill. The individual incidents are so short and, frankly, meaningless that I find it hard to believe that they were the impetus to Solara and Doran's eventual affection for each other. That's far too simplistic a method, and was used much too often.
You really don't get to know any of the characters well. You have more information about Solara and Doran (since they are the major characters) but having that information does not equate to actually knowing and understanding these characters. As I read the book, I didn't feel a connection with them; I was sympathetic towards them, but nothing more. I don't think that a loss of either one in the story would have shocked or bothered me. Actually, HAD that happened, it would have made for a more complex and fulfilling story.
It's a feel good narrative. That's okay. But I don't think that its premise about family carries through strongly. I also don't think that the latter third of the book was properly thought through. It seemed plastered on, as if the author had nowhere else to go and the editor demanded a smash ending. Well, you get some kind of slashed-together final battle that is quite anticlimactic; you get the death of an important character that should have had more weight but didn't (since the characters here are not well developed); and that character's death was unnecessary, which raises the question whether the ending could have been better written.
You can forgive a lot if the beginning and ending of a story are good. Hell, you can have a lukewarm intro, a boring middle, and a smashing ending, and you'd still feel as if the book was worth the read. Here, two thirds of the book was a grind, and the latter part was created in haste. If you're going to publish 360 pages for a young adult novel that does NOT involve complex moral questions, then at least let the reader become interested in the characters, if not the plot. Landers unfortunately simply misses the mark.
It's not a bad book by any stretch. It's worth a read. It's easy to pick up and get through, but not very satisfying. The ending is also quite ambiguous, leaving the impression that sequels might be planned.
Ultimately, it's a flawed book with some redeeming elements. It's not terrible and it's not great. It falls squarely in the middle "eh" category.
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