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Defy the Stars – tekijä: Claudia Gray
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Defy the Stars (vuoden 2017 painos)

– tekijä: Claudia Gray (Tekijä)

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Teenaged soldier Noemi and an enemy robot, Abel, who is programmed to obey her commands, set out on an interstellar quest to save her home planet, Earth colony Genesis.
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Teoksen nimi:Defy the Stars
Kirjailijat:Claudia Gray (Tekijä)
Info:Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (2017), 512 pages
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The planet Genesis was once an Earth colony. But its people have been fighting a decades long war for independence from Earth. It's difficult to defeat the armies of mechs that Earth sends through the space gate near Genesis, forcing the planet's leadership to form a desperate plan to give them a window of time to rebuild their ravaged forces and attempt to finally put an end to the war. At 17, Noemi Vidal is a soldier ready to give her life to aid her planet. When her only friend is injured in a surprise attack, Noemi finds herself on a long-abandoned ship near the space gate. Its only other occupant is a mech named Abel who is more advanced and intelligent than any mech Noemi has encountered before. Through strange circumstances, they end up working together to attempt to destroy the space gate. During their journey, Noemi learns that Abel is more than a machine. And Abel discovers he can form an attachment to a human that is so much more than just his programming. Can these two mis-matched warriors save a planet?

I loved this book! Once I started reading, I couldn't put it down. Although the plot has been done before in various ways, I found this story engaging, emotional and interesting. I liked Noemi for her independence and strength. And Abel was so desperate to experience new things and develop his mind and emotions much further than his basic programming. When forced to make certain moral decisions, he learned to not just follow his programming but to discern the right thing to do. It was so interesting how his character developed throughout the book. The rag-tag bunch of supporting characters were not as well-developed, but still likable and integral to the plot.

The ending hinted at a continuing series. I can't wait to find out what the future has in store for both Noemi and Abel.

Claudia Gray is the author of several Young Adult books including the Firebird and Evernight series. To find out more about the author and her books, check out her website at www.claudiagray.com

**I voluntarily read an Advance Reader Copy of this book from Little Brown Books via NetGalley. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.** ( )
  JuliW | Nov 22, 2020 |
How is a soul created, or defined? Can a mechanical man have one?

Noemi is willing to die for her planet. During practice for the upcoming Masada Run that turns into a real battle, she loses her best friend. That was not part of the plan. Abel has been trapped in the loading bay of his ship for 30 years. He's survived because he is mech, not human. As the years passed, he's changed, dreaming while at rest, waiting for his "father" to come back for him. He worries that he's even broken--mechs don't dream. But it's Noemi who finds him. After much negotiating, they embark on a journey that could end the war or both of them.

I loved this book. I loved the religious references. I loved the relevance to today's society. Who gets our resources? Should we keep them for ourselves? What to do about immigrants? Disease? Warfare? What is good and evil? There are so many questions/issues in this book it could have fallen flat or felt too heavy. I really liked how the author handled the issues and questioning of both Noemi's and Abel's beliefs. Noemi questions her purpose, but her core values remain the same. I definitely will be reading this sequel. ( )
  readingbeader | Oct 29, 2020 |
i loved this book!! at first i thought it was a little weird how she would fall in love with a robot, but abel became more and more human, and the ending really broke my heart.

also: I DID NOT REALIZE THIS AUTHOR WROTE THE FIREBIRD SERIES AND OMG I LOVE HER SO MUCH MORE NOW ( )
  kritikags | Aug 19, 2020 |
I think this falls more at a 3.5 than a 4, but it was very readable with great characterizations and a really nuanced look at artificial intelligence. I didn't love the ending, but now that I see it's the first in a series it makes a little more sense. This reminded me a tiny bit of [b:Tin Star|17255996|Tin Star (Tin Star, #1)|Cecil Castellucci|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1373602535s/17255996.jpg|23848992] and it might even be a decent read alike for [b:Cinder|11235712|Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles, #1)|Marissa Meyer|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1470056948s/11235712.jpg|15545385] even though there's no fairytale element. ( )
  bookbrig | Aug 5, 2020 |
I think I should have known there would be a problem when the book just starts off with one of the characters (Noemi) going into why her planet (Genesis) is at war with the planet Earth. We hear about a fatal run they are gearing up to do, Noemi worries about her best friend, and only friend it seems, and then we segue into another character (Abel) who we find out is a mech (not human, a robot without a soul or some thing).

I don't want to get into it too much cause I am ready to head home and eat my face off for Phase I of Thanksgiving 2017.

I just really didn't like this one much. We have Noemi and Abel eventually meet and they both go around realizing that they care about one another though Noemi knows it's impossible.

They also fly around to other planets and see what Earth has done to them and a resistance starting to form. I just felt like there was way too much happening here in book #1.

The writing was perfectly serviceable, I just think that things needed to be explained a lot more since the world building wasn't that great. I didn't understand a lot of things with the planets. Maybe in the next book Gray can include an illustration that shows all of the planets or something. Or a prologue that even describes how Earth started a war.

The flow was off. The first 1/3 of the book just moved slowly. And then it dragged once Noemi got into trouble (no spoilers) and a deux ex machina showed up that made me roll my eyes.

The ending also didn't work for me either. I think I was supposed to feel moved. I just don't think that we got a chance to know and even fall in like with either Abel or Noemi.

I am confused about so much that I started to make a list.
1. I still at the end do not even get why Earth started a war with Genesis.

2. I don't get how Noemi is considered human still and then it took me several chapters later that Genesis people left Earth behind to form their own colony (I think that's what happened).

3. I also don't even get why Genesis thought yes let's send children off to do a fatal run and than go yes we care about lives. It was such a contradiction. I think that Gray was trying to work a little Ender's Game in here, and it just fell flat.

4. I really don't understand how Abel was made unique from the other mechs. I am supposed to buy he has a soul or some sort of empathy? I just think it was sloppy storytelling that didn't get a chance to resonate.
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  ObsidianBlue | Jul 1, 2020 |
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