Blog Tour Review & Giveaway – Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray

POSTED ON April 3, 2017 BY Austine IN Blog Tour, Book Review, Giveaway

Blog Tour Review & Giveaway - Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray

Blog Tour Review & Giveaway – Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray
Defy the Stars
by Claudia Gray
Series: Defy the Stars #1
Published on April 4, 2017 by Little Brown Books for Young Readers
Format: ARC
Pages: 512
Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult

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.

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Knight's Judgment
Writing Style

YA sci-fi is always a tricky genre for me because I either really love it….or really don’t. But I can safely say that I loved Defy the Stars! This is exactly the kind of space adventure I never knew I needed but couldn’t get enough of!

Noemi is a soldier from the planet Genesis, seventeen and ready to give her life to provide Genesis with a little more time to prepare against attack. Instead, she ends up on an abandoned ship with Abel, a mech, not human but with some human tendencies. Cue space travel and lots of world-building goodness.

The first hook of this book is the writing. You’re immediately thrown into the midst of the action with a fast pace and short chapters to keep you on your toes. I liked the alternating perspectives, and when I saw that this book has been related to Illuminae that made sense. I loved AIDAN and Abel reminded me a lot of the AI but a bit more…human? If that makes any sense. It’s hard for me to not compare these two books because both feature non-human characters that have a bit of snark and a bit of otherness to them that instantly draws me in, while the female protagonists are tough, independent, and so beautifully created within an expansive world.

So yes, I definitely recommend Defy the Stars to any and all fans of Illuminae and Gemina.

Noemi was that steadfast sort of heroine that really grounded me in the story. She’s fiercely loyal and determined to do whatever it takes to help her planet. Hers is a tale of discovering who she is beyond a soldier originally sent to her death. Abel, on the other hand, isn’t human, but has an unusual grasp on humanity that he struggles to deal with, forming a tension between his programming and his own mind that has formed over the years.

I think Gray truly excelled with their relationship, drawing out both of their flaws while allowing them to strengthen each other. Theirs were stories that transcend space and planet saving and the uncertainty of a future on a ship. And just as she crafted their characters with such detail, she did the same with the world.

I’ll be honest, I’m not one for sci-fi generally because the world-building can get pretty technical, causing the story to become dense and slow. Defy the Stars had a good balance of description without delving too deep into the jargon of the genre, appealing to me as an infrequent sci-fi reader but also anyone who tends to shift away from the genre because of the language.

Now I can’t say this book was perfect. I had questions at the end that makes me glad there will be a sequel because I feel like there is so much more here to explore. But for the first in a new series, Defy the Stars was an action-packed, fast-paced read with a stunning world and characters that you can’t help but like. Regardless of whether you normally read science fiction or not, you need to read this book!


About Claudia Gray

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 TwitterTumblrPinterestGoodreads 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.


Tour Schedule

Week One

3/27/2017- BookHounds YA– Guest Post
3/28/2017- Page Turners Blog– Review
3/29/2017- Adventures of a Book Junkie– Guest Post
3/30/2017- Novel Novice– Review
3/31/2017- Tales of the Ravenous Reader– Guest Post

Week Two

4/3/2017- NovelKnight– Review
4/4/2017- Two Chicks on Books– Guest Post
4/5/2017- La La in the Library– Review
4/6/2017- Once Upon a Twilight- Guest Post
4/7/2017- Seeing Double In Neverland– Review



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3 responses to “Blog Tour Review & Giveaway – Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray

  1. I’m so, so excited for this book. I’m really hoping that I’ll get the chance to read it soon. I’ve read A Thousand Pieces of You awhile ago and really enjoyed it, so I’m hoping I’ll enjoy her other writing just as much. 🙂

  2. I am super excited for this book! I am going to be getting a copy soon and I’ve heard great things about it and it’s been a while since I read a sci-fi so hopefully it doesn’t disappoint!