Starflight by Melissa Landers


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…

The Review:

This was another book on my TBR, mainly because it had at space pirates, and anything set in space is a must read for me, and I was pleasantly surprised about how much I liked the book.

First of all, the setting, I always like books set in space, mainly its just the Firefly fan in me, it reminded me of Firefly especially the bits of the outer realm being lawless and ruthless.

The character  also really liked. I like Soloara’s no-nonsense attitude throughout the book. She is very street smart and it works when she has to work with Doran. Doran is sort of the over privileged prince character who really has a heart of gold. While it does seem cliched, the character was framed a lot better, and it seemed like a fish out of water story with him having to evade arrest with the help of Solara.

I also liked some of the action the book had especially when the ship is going through space running from the Enforcers.

A negative that I kinda had with the book was sort of the pacing. While the plot picks up in the beginning of the book, it was the middle of the story is where I felt the story started to slow down, but it did have some great character moments between Solara and Doran, which actually made me care about their relationship when it starts to develop.

I also felt that some of the supporting characters could have some had development as well. Mainly the crew of the Banshee, which reminded me a lot of the crew of Serenity from Firefly. They each had a role of the ship and I would have liked to learn more about them.

I also thought the twist at the end was actually well done, and it was telegraphed throughout the book.

In the end I thought Starflight was a great read, especially if you are a fan of science fiction. I will be continuing the series hopefully soon.

Grade: 4/5