I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Starflight by Melissa Landers
Narrator: Amanda Dolan
Series: Starflight #1
Published by Tantor Audio on February 2, 2016
Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult, Romance
Length: 9 hours 44 minutes
Narrator Rating: A
I really enjoyed Starflight – it wasn’t as good as Alienated in my opinion, but it was fun. And for a girl who rarely enjoys space-based stories, that’s saying a lot!
Solara Brooks needs a fresh start, someplace where nobody cares about the engine grease beneath her fingernails or the felony tattoos across her knuckles. The outer realm may be lawless, but it's not like the law has ever been on her side. Still, off-world travel doesn't come cheap; Solara is left with no choice but to indenture herself in exchange for passage to the outer realm. She just wishes it could have been to anyone besides Doran Spaulding, the rich, pretty-boy quarterback who made her life miserable in school. The tables suddenly turn, though, when Doran is framed for conspiracy on Earth, and Solara cons him into playing the role of her servant on board the Banshee, a ship manned by an eccentric crew with their own secrets. It's been a long time since Solara has believed in anyone, and Doran is the last person she expected to trust. But when the Banshee's dangerous enemies catch up with them, Solara and Doran must come together to protect the ship that has become their home, and the crew that feels like family.
- The characters were well developed and I just love that the main character, Solara, took on a more male skill – mechanic. A darn good one too. I enjoyed the entire crew – I found them varied, interesting, and look forward to getting to know them better. I enjoyed that they all had their little mystery and back story. Oh and the pet squirrel was a great addition – especially as the pet to the old, tough, battle scared Captain.
- I liked the world too. It was complex, with pirates, an outer realm, and a detailed way indentured servitude and slavery work. The complexity of the world made Solara’s trip to the outer realms complicated – kept me on my toes. I laughed, I got nervous, and I even teared up once.
- I enjoyed the relationships – between Solara and the crew, the crew members with each other, and most especially between Solara and Doran. It’s a enemies to lovers relationship and it played out really well.
- The message about family and home being who you make it was good, too. I thought it was really appropriate for the YA audience.
- The narration was great – an easy A. Amanda Dolan is a new-to-me narrator that I’ll be keeping an eye out for in the future. I thought her voices were varied and really expressed the characters personalities. And it worked perfectly in my 2x listening speed!
What didn’t Work:
- I didn’t love the plot-twist. It was good in that I didn’t see it coming, but as twists go, I didn’t like that it basically vilified parents. I think teens will like this in general because there’s not a single good parent in the story. There’s plenty of craptastic ones though! And yeah, as a parent, I didn’t like that. 🙁
Overall I really enjoyed Starfall and am looking forward to listening to the next one!
Berls had a great time on her space adventure in Starflight. 4/5 stars! Click To Tweet