I received this book at no cost from the publisherDefy the Stars (Defy the Stars #1) by Claudia Gray
on April 4th 2017
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Noemi Vidal is a teen soldier from the planet Genesis, once a colony of Earth that’s now at war for its independence. The humans of Genesis have fought Earth’s robotic “mech” armies for decades with no end in sight.
After a surprise attack, Noemi finds herself stranded in space on an abandoned ship where she meets Abel, the most sophisticated mech prototype ever made. One who should be her enemy. But Abel’s programming forces him to obey Noemi as his commander, which means he has to help her save Genesis–even though her plan to win the war will kill him.
Together they embark on a daring voyage through the galaxy. Before long, Noemi begins to realize Abel may be more than a machine, and, for his part, Abel’s devotion to Noemi is no longer just a matter of programming.
Where was Claudia Gray when I was in high school and saving my babysitting money to buy copies of OMNI magazine? I had been through all of the science fiction books in the library there wasn’t any other way for me to find anything new in the world. Let alone nerdy science stuff written by women. Well, in some ways, Claudia has given new life to my all time favorite Asimov’s I, Robot but with far more substance and feeling.
Robots are now so humanized that it can be hard to tell them apart from humans. So when Abel (a mech – ok you have to know that robots in Asimov’s story are called Mechanical Men), is stranded on a ship floating away in space for the last 30 years while Noemi is a soldier from Genesis defending her planet against Earth who has destroyed itself and is now reclaiming outposts. While on a training mission gone awry, Noemi spots Abel’s ship and in order to save herself, she jumps on board.
Here is where you can see the author’s worldbuilding skill in it’s finest form. Everything flows so amazingly well and believable, you will think this world exists and you have known about it all along. The relationship between the soldier and robot builds and adds to the tension as they encounter new entities. Of course, you get a whole lot of action and adventure. If things go as planned the pair can save the universe. If you are having Illuminae and Gemina withdrawals, this will take the edge off.
Claudia Gray is a pseudonym. I would like to say that I chose another name so that no one would ever learn the links between my shadowy, dramatic past and the explosive secrets revealed through my characters. This would be a lie. In truth, I took a pseudonym simply because I thought it would be fun to choose my own name. (And it is.)
I write novels full-time, absolutely love it, and hope to be able to do this forever. My home is in New Orleans, is more than 100 years old, and is painted purple. In my free time I read, travel, hike, cook and listen to music. You can keep up with my latest releases, thoughts on writing and various pop-culture musings via Twitter, Tumblr, Pinterest, Goodreads or (of course) my own home page.
If you want to contact me, you can email me, but your best bet is probably to Tweet me. I don’t do follows on Twitter, but I follow everyone back on Tumblr, Pinterest and Goodreads.
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