Rating: 3.5 / 5
I picked up STARFLIGHT by Melissa Landers for my Around the Year in 52 Books reading challenge prompt for a title or cover relating to an astronomical term (star!). I moved it to the top of my overstuffed TBR pile tonight because I needed something quick and easy and fun. This was the perfect pick!
STARFLIGHT is a YA science fiction novel focusing on protagonist Solara Brooks. Solara has been abandoned by her parents and raised in an orphanage. Sucked into a bad situation she has now been inked with proof of her past misdeeds and she’s looking for a way to start over. She is hoping to find a new employer boarind a ship for the outer realms. With no other options she is forced to hire herself on to Doran Spaulding, a rich former classmate with whom she has a difficult past. She’s the girl who broke his football pass throwing arm and it seems he still hold s a grudge.
On their journey, Doran and Solara wind up changing ships and circumstances. Suddenly Doran is on the run from the law and they must make their way to safety with an assorted crew of interesting characters on their new transport. There are bad guys after the crew in addition to the law seeking Doran and adventures ensue.
This was a perfect fun adventure read and I blew through this book in a single evening. Between the fight scenes and narrow escapes, it kept me flipping pages. The characters are a quirky bunch with their own storied past, so I can see why this book has been compared favorably to the TV show Firefly. There was one key character who was introduced late in the book that I felt needed to be fleshed out a bit more, and I didn’t feel a connection to all of the secondary characters, but I enjoyed the overall cast of characters quite a bit.
There is a second book in this series, though the focus is on two of the characters I didn’t necessarily enjoy in this book, so I’m not rushing to pick it up. That said, this was a fun read and I would definitely read more by this author!