Hello! I recently swore I’d take a break from readathons to focus on the increasing pile of books that never seem to fit with any of them. It was going very well until Julie told me there was going to be a space readathon (!!!!!!) Of course I had to partake in that. It’s space! The readathon was hosted by the lovely Sanne @booksandquills and took place from September 15th-21st.
This was my (stupidly ambitious) tbr:
And here’s what I actually read:
These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner ⭐⭐⭐
I’ve seen this book described as Titanic in space, and for the first few chapters that seemed like an accurate description. We have the rich, upper-class girl: Lilac LaRoux, the handsome boy who comes from nothing: Tarver Merendsen, the luxurious ship: The Icarus and we have the terrible accident that sends The Icarus plummeting from the sky.
Lilac and Tarver, the sole survivors, are left stranded on a mysterious planet and forced to work together in order to survive in an increasingly strange environment.
Once Lilac and Tarver have been stranded the narrative morphs into a survival story that’s much more reminiscent of i.e Lost. Since I’d been expecting an epic space opera, I was a little disappointed. But once I shifted gears, I ended up really enjoying this anyway, especially the mysterious elements of the story.
Fortune’s Pawn by Rachel Bach ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Devi Morris is an ambitious and trigger-happy mercenary who’s goal is to become a Devastator, and serve directly under her king. Only the best of the best gets the opportunity and usually later in their careers, but Devi’s not very patient. So when a friend tips her off about about a job opening on The Glorious Fool, a trade ship notorious for getting into trouble (the lethal kind) and for landing it’s (surviving) security officers jobs as Devastators – Devi decides it’s worth the risk.
But aboard the Glorious Fool not all trouble’s the kind you can put a bullet through and falling in love might be the most dangerous risk of all.
I absolutely loved this book. It’s such a fun, fast-paced and action-packed space adventure full of mystery and wonder. If I made a list of all the things I want in a sci-fi novel this one would tick all the boxes:
Badass heroine ☑
A rag-tag crew ☑
Interesting alien species ☑
Space travel ☑
A big mystery ☑
A dash of romance ☑
Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray ⭐⭐⭐
Genesis is one of Earth’s colony planets. Noemi is a soldier in it’s army, just days away from a suicide mission designed to buy Genesis time as the conflict with Earth gets increasingly deadly.
When her best friend is injured in battle, Noemi makes a rash call – she boards a mysterious ghost ship in hopes it’ll have the medical supplies she needs to save her friend. But the ghost ship’s not as deserted as it looks. On board Noemi finds Abel, a mech soldier in earth’s army, who’s been stranded alone in space for 30 years. He is her enemy, but he could also be her last chance to save her people.
If I had to sum up this book in one sentence “Out of the frying pan and into the fire” would spring to mind. Our main characters hurl through space on a whirlwind adventure dodging all kind of dangers, making one narrow escape after the other. I felt like we kept jumping from one action sequence to the next, without pausing in between to fully explore the wonderful universe Claudia Gray has built. I wanted to learn more about each colony world, and it’s relations with earth. I wanted to get to know the so-called Vagabonds who have given up planetary life to become perpetual space-travelers. I wanted everything to be a little more fleshed-out. That being said this is the first book in a series, so there’s plenty of time for that in the upcoming books.
And by no means is this a brainless action romp. Our main characters face some tough decisions and are forced to grapple with complex moral questions throughout, not least of which is what it truly means to be human.