Defy The Stars by Claudia Gray (non-spoiler review)

Book: Defy The Stars by Claudia Gray

Rating: 4 stars


Noemi is a young and fearless soldier of Genesis, a colony planet of a dying Earth. But the citizens of Genesis are rising up – they know that Earth’s settlers will only destroy this planet the way they destroyed their own. And so a terrible war has begun.

When Noemi meets Abel, one of Earth’s robotic mech warriors, she realizes that Abel himself may provide the key to Genesis’ salvation. Abel is bound by his programming to obey her – even though her plan could result in his destruction. But Abel is no ordinary mech. He’s a unique prototype, one with greater intelligence, skill and strength than any other. More than that, he has begun to develop emotions, a personality and even dreams. Noemi begins to realise that if Abel is less than human, he is more than a machine. If she destroys him, is it murder? And can a cold-blooded murder be redeemed by the protection of a world?

Stranded together in space, they go on a whirlwind adventure through Earth’s various colony worlds, alongside the countless Vagabonds who have given up planetary life altogether and sail forever between the stars. Each step brings them closer – both to each other and to the terrible decision Noemi will have to make about her world’s fate, and Abel’s.


Claudia Gray’s Firebird trilogy was one of the first YA series I had ever read, and when I saw this book for sale, I thought I’d pick it up. Needless to say the Firebird trilgoy isn’t one of my favourite series, so I wasn’t expecting much from this one.


Wow? I didn’t expect to like this book as much. Some of it has to do with the philosophy in this book. What does it mean to be a human? Is it free will? Or something else? That kind of stuff is so interesting to read/think about for me, so that aspect of the book was definitely a plus. Also, this book does have romance but it’s definitely not the main focus (which is good because i don’t normally read romance)


Defy The Stars brought back the same writing I loved from the Firebird trilogy and plenty of action! The actual world building was great, but the novel needed more of a backstory. As for the POVs, there were two and I adored both (although Abel is my favourite) and the romance is slow and definitely not instalove.


Noemi: Noemi has some really good developement in this book. Her morals are concrete and she wasn’t all over the place. She’s strong and willing.

Abel: I loved Abel and his developement! He really grows as a character and a PERSON and aghh. Just getting to see the way he thinks was cool as well.

A shorter, bullet-point review can be found on my Goodreads here.


Talk To Me

Have you read Defy The Stars? Is it on you TBR? What about Claudia Gray’s other books? Are your opinions the same as mine? Or are they totally different?

Until next time,



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