Starflight by Melissa Landers
Rating: 3 stars
Synopsis: 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…
I don’t like many sci-fi books, but I really enjoyed reading this one. It was a quick read, fast paced and entertaining. The characters were my favorite part of this book. Each was interesting and well-developed. Solara is clever, tough, fearless, and a very hard worker. She is determined to escape her past and make something of herself. Solara doesn’t let anyone put her down, and continually stands up for herself. Doran is portrayed as a jerk in the beginning, but changes dynamically as the plot unfolds. He is a smart, calm, and sensitive guy, focused on reaching the Obsidian Beaches to find out what his father wanted. He is haunted by his past but doesn’t let it stop him from achieving his goals. This book is packed with highstakes action, witty banter, and hilarious moments.
All in all, there wasn’t really anything that I didn’t like about this book, but it didn’t wow me either. It’s a good read and I would recommend it to anyone who loves sci-fi novels like Lunar or Under the Never Sky.