Published by Little on April 4th 2017
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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.
If you’ve been reading Page Turners Blog for a while, you know that I have an absolute love of artificial intelligence characters whether it’s AIDAN from Illuminae, or HAL from 2001 A Space Odyssey or the biggest AI hero of them all, R2D2 from Star Wars, I love them all. Good, bad or indifferent. Helpful or not. There is something about the very thought that we can generate artificial intelligence which can learn and feel just like we can. One of the reasons why I loved The Lunar Chronicles so much is because of the entire humans vs. machines vs. unleashed virus warfare plot lines.
Claudia Gray plays with this in Defy the Stars, and she is quite the master of AI characters. I adored Abel. Oh, you guys, from his first monologues describing how long he has been waiting for his maker to return, I loved him. He is so abandoned until he meets Noemi. She is in the middle of a intergalactic war. The conflicts between how Noemi has been raised — a soldier readied for war and how Abel has been made — a mech designed for something more than the usual mech tasks of medic, warrior, etc. are a perfectly balanced in a plot which takes them for place to place increasing the tension at every turn. Abel so deliciously unsure of his role, but he knows one thing that he must always follow the directions of his commander. And Noemi as his liberator steps into that role nicely. The tension and level of developing trust between mech and human reminded me of the tension in Illuminae. It’s coying and worrisome and you find yourself rooting for an impossible partnership.
I’ve always said that I am not the biggest fan of sci-fi stories, because often times, they get bogged down in war machine plots, and I’m a reader who wants to know less about what the Death Star does and more about its inventor and the people who designed it. Claudia gives us just that. A smart, fast plot and characters you understand from page one. She is rapidly becoming one of my must-read authors.
If you loved The Lunar Chronicles and The Illuminae Files series, this is your very next read. Be sure to check out the rest of the tour stops for more reviews and guest posts. As usual, many thanks to Rockstar Book Tours for including us in this tour. They know the exact type of books we adore!
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
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
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 Twitter, Tumblr, Pinterest, GoodReads, Instagram or (of course) my own home page.
If you want to contact me, you can email me here, 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.