Defy the Stars


I received this ARC from Little, Brown Books for Young Readers in exchange for an honest review.

Earth is dying.  The climate change crisis of the 21st century has been realized and then some.  Despite scientific advances and the colonization of other planets, Earth is just as chaotic and war-like as ever.

Noemi is from Genesis, the paradise planet Earth turned to as a new world.  This plan imploded when the people of Genesis decided becoming another Earth wasn’t what they wanted.  Genesis is a place of peace and no one knows that better than Noemi Vidal.

Like most people of Genesis, Noemi believes the Word of God…she can quote chapter and verse on the value of life, the importance of peace…Noemi knows what her duty to God is right now: Fight like hell.

A war has raged for decades and Noemi is a Genesis soldier aimed at stopping Earth for good.

She’s learned how to fight.  Next she had to learn now to die.

Abel is the most advanced Mech ever built.  When he and Noemi stumble upon each other will they continue the war?  Abel was created, not born.  Will he help or harm the cause?

A great mystery lurks within Abel, even now, one planted by Burton Mansfield long ago, waiting to be revealed.

I really enjoyed this novel, it had a plot that was able to plug into the Sci-fi genre in a clever way.  Noemi is relatable, yet flawed.  Abel made me question what it is to be human.  I look forward to the follow up books!

4 stars.

Expected Publication Date: April 4, 2017


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