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Addicting YA SciFi | Book Review: Starflight by Melissa Landers

Starflight MUST be put at the top of your TBR like NOW.

Book Review: Starflight by Melissa Landers

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Title & Author: Starflight by Melissa Landers

Genre: Young Adult – Science Fiction

Release Date: February 2, 2016

Series: Starflight #1

Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

How I Got the Book: ARC via the publisher


“Life in the outer realm is a lawless, dirty, hard existence, and Solara Brooks is hungry for it. Just out of the orphanage, she needs a fresh start in a place where nobody cares about the engine grease beneath her fingernails or the felony tattoos across her knuckles. She’s so desperate to reach the realm that she’s willing to indenture herself to Doran Spaulding, the rich and popular quarterback who made her life miserable all through high school, in exchange for passage aboard the spaceliner Zenith.

When a twist of fate lands them instead on the Banshee, a vessel of dubious repute, Doran learns he’s been framed on Earth for conspiracy. As he pursues a set of mysterious coordinates rumored to hold the key to clearing his name, he and Solara must get past their enmity to work together and evade those out for their arrest. Life on the Banshee may be tumultuous, but as Solara and Doran are forced to question everything they once believed about their world–and each other–the ship becomes home, and the eccentric crew family. But what Solara and Doran discover on the mysterious Planet X has the power to not only alter their lives, but the existence of everyone in the universe…”

I Want, NAY, I NEED More

It’s 1000 percent official. Melissa Landers knows how to write a book that surprises and delights me. She’s hit the mark again with Starflight, a science fiction story with an unforgettable cast of characters and a romance I loved so hard.

Starflight combines all of my favorite things into one unputdownable package:

I adored the strong female lead, Solara. She’s been hardened by life because she’s had to be. She’s fought off bullies in school and suffered other injustices, and she’s finally trying to take her destiny into her own hands.

There is a wonderfully unlikely romance that is a slow burn all the way. There is a lot of character growth, and it takes time, but Launders leave breadcrumbs along the way, making things sweeter and more rewarding in the end.

I adored the motley crew that’s (unwillingly) assembled. I have a big soft spot in my heart for camaraderie (see Six of Crows) and banding together when times get tough, so this was just the BEST to me.

There was a steady reveal of what made each character who they are, and it helped me instantly connect to the story.

While the story is set in space, the setting and situations didn’t feel foreign or alien (no pun intended) to me. I enjoyed “seeing the sights” so to speak without getting bogged down in overly technical details and descriptions.

Starflight offered just the right balance of adventure, romance and character depth. I finished the story feeling desperate for me. It’s a terrible and wonderful feeling.

The next Starflight book, Starfall, will be a companion/sequel featuring two characters from the motley crew (Cassia and Kane). I’m BEYOND ready.


This is one of the best books I’ve read in a long time, as well as one of my new favorite YA science fiction novels. Starflight is an absolute must read for YA readers, whether you’re scifi-shy or not – highly recommended.

About Lisa Parkin

I'm a hardcore lover of young adult fiction and have been reviewing books since 2011. Other interests include Downton Abbey, heat lightning storms, Harry Potter land and (begrudingly) one orange tabby.