Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray | 1 Minute Reviews

Defy the Stars grabbed me from the first moment.

In three weeks, Noemi Vidal will die – here, in this very place.

Today is just practice.

I’ve been meaning to read more sci-fi YA as its an area I seem to unintentionally neglect, despite being raised on a diet of Star Trek.


I love a good star crossed lovers romance, especially when in space. Something about being out on the open frontier whilst also being driven apart from the person you love just adds an extra oomph. And then Claudia Gray decided to make one of them a mech.

Noemi is a fighter pilot from the planet Genesis, willing to die to protect her beautiful planet from Earth in the suicide mission termed The Masada Run. While on a test run, Noemi discovers an abandoned ship, and on it she finds mech Abel, the most advanced mech in the universe. As the first human he’s seen in thirty years, Noemi becomes his commander and together they plot to blow up the Gate between Earth and Genesis, with Abel fatally pushing the button. That’s if they can get around the galaxy in time to collect what they need before the Masada Run takes off, and without being caught as deserters or found by Abel’s creator.

The wonderful Hot Key Books always include a “What’s In It?” on the back cover, and summed Defy the Stars up as “Romance. Rebellion. The Stars.” I’d like to add HOT MECH BODS.

Gray mixes climate change related apocalypse and interplanetary adventure, with the existence of souls and the meaning of morality and humanity, in relation to both Abel the Mech and the human race. The romance is compelling, as is the complex relationship Abel and Noemi have as master and servant according to robotics law. Also the ending… the ending!!!

I’m really looking forward to the rest of the trilogy, but will pass the time by picking up one of Claudia Gray’s previous books.

Interested? Get it here.

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Thank you ever so to Hot Key Books for sending me this copy to review.

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