Starflight (Starflight #1)
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…
This GIF tweet pretty much sums up my feelings after reading Starflight…
How I feel after finishing an amazing book! 🙌💕🙌 pic.twitter.com/ALNi1UuDz1
— Sarah K (@thebooktraveler) March 8, 2016
- Feelings: I laughed, I cried, I got frustrated, I got scared, I got excited, I was surprised. All these combinations of emotions make a great story because when you can’t get invested emotionally, the book gets boring. But this book had it all!
- Humor: I laughed out loud a lot! I love it when books are funny and it’s pulled off in a way that isn’t forced but totally organic.
- Romance: I was so confused initially going into this romance. They really didn’t like each other, AT ALL. Doran was a total spoiled brat frat boy jerk. So, I was really interested in HOW could they possibly end up hooking up? But the way Melissa wrote the story it was a fantastic slow burn. The enemy to lover trope is my FAVORITE and I really liked how she developed this one.
- Friendships: This book had GREAT secondary characters. All my favorite books have this. I fell in love with this crew.
Starflight is part of a companion series, which means that the other books will have different main characters. I’m coming to love standalones more than ever because it really is torture to have to wait years for a series to complete.
Even if you don’t read scifi, I would recommend this being a great place to start because it’s EVERYTHING I want from books: a great story and great characters. Starflight is the fun adventure you’ve always wanted to take.