Gray, Claudia Defy the Stars, 512 pages. Little Brown, APRIL 2017. $18. Language: G; Violence: PG; Mature Content: PG-13.
Noemi and the other pilots of the planet Genesis are desperate to stop Earth from commandeering and ruining their planet. While practicing for a last-ditch effort to cripple the gate between the worlds, things go awry and Noemi takes refuge in an abandoned spaceship, where she finds Abe, a highly advanced droid that was also abandoned thirty years earlier. First he tries to kill her and then he becomes her subject. The two have much to learn about each other as they scour the planets for a way to save Genesis. Along the way Noemi learns much more about Earth’s plans, about the other planets, and about the droid’s ultimate purpose.
While there is some romantic tones in Defy the Stars, they thankfully take a backseat most of the time to the science fiction and adventure. The painful part is Abe’s frank talk about the possibility of sex work as a means to obtain money; kind of like Data in Star Trek: TNG. Beyond, that, this is a page turner that will delight many and not just girls. I do wish I knew which cover is the final version, though.
MS – OPTIONAL, HS – ESSENTIAL. Cindy, Library Teacher