Life in the outer realm is a lawless, dirty, hard existence, and Solara Brooks is hungry for it. Just out of the orphanage, she needs a fresh start in a place where nobody cares about the engine grease beneath her fingernails or the felony tattoos across her knuckles. She’s so desperate to reach the realm that she’s willing to indenture herself to Doran Spaulding, the rich and popular quarterback who made her life miserable all through high school, in exchange for passage aboard the spaceliner Zenith.
When a twist of fate lands them instead on the Banshee, a vessel of dubious repute, Doran learns he’s been framed on Earth for conspiracy. As he pursues a set of mysterious coordinates rumored to hold the key to clearing his name, he and Solara must get past their enmity to work together and evade those out for their arrest. Life on the Banshee may be tumultuous, but as Solara and Doran are forced to question everything they once believed about their world—and each other—the ship becomes home, and the eccentric crew family. But what Solara and Doran discover on the mysterious Planet X has the power to not only alter their lives, but the existence of everyone in the universe…
Rating: 3.5/5 Stars
My Thoughts: I didn’t know much about this book going into it, except that it involved space pirates and two people who couldn’t stand each other. I knew that after Illuminae I wanted a good sci fi, but one that had a bit of a lighter tone. Let me tell you, this was the perfect book! What a bundle of fun!
Right off the bat, the book starts fast and doesn’t stop from there. It’s adventure after adventure after adventure after adventure! But at the same time, you’re getting to know these really fun, quirky characters who you just can’t help but fall in love with.
That’s what makes the book: not the non stop adventure, but the characters. Solara and Doran are just such strong, clear cut main characters who you really can get behind (well, Doran takes a bit of time, but eventually…). The book also really benefits from colorful, strong supporting characters. All of the supporting characters have their own stories, could totally stand on their own, and help to develop our two main characters.
Starflight is also a great example of a multistory plot done well. The plot really was a strong point and there was never a dull moment. Once one storyline wrapped up another one unfolded. Talk about non stop fun!
The ending third of the book did feel a bit cobbled together, like there were two many storylines all of a sudden being thrown at you. I think that if Landers had maybe chosen one or two of the plotlines to follow the ending wouldn’t have been so shaky. Speaking of the ending, it wrapped up a little too neatly for me. There’s only one, very tiny possible plotline to carry forward and given who the two main characters of the second book are set to be, it makes sense. But even given all of this, I think that overall Starflight was a solid read.