Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction
Publisher: Hot Key Books
Publication date: March 28th, 2018
Source: Pansing Books
Page Count: 394
Series: Constellation #2
Review of Constellation #1: Defy the Stars
Noemi Vidal has returned to her planet, Genesis, as an outsider – ostracised for refusing to end the Liberty War by sacrificing Abel, the most advanced mechanical man ever made. She dreams of travelling through the stars again, and when a deadly plague arrives on Genesis, Noemi gets her chance. The only soldier to have ever left her planet, it will be up to her to save its people. If only she wasn’t flying right into a trap.
Abel, now fully aware of his soul and captaining his own Vagabond ship, never dreamed he’d see Noemi again, not when the entire universe stands between them. But when his creator Burton Mansfield delivers news of Noemi’s entrapment, Abel knows he must save her, even if it means risking his own life.
Danger lurks in the dark corners of the galaxy, and Abel and Noemi will discover a secret that could save Genesis and Earth… or destroy them all.
In this thrilling and romantic sequel to Defy the Stars, bestselling author Claudia Gray asks us all to consider what drives us, and where we truly belong.
Warning: Spoiler alert if you haven’t read the first book.
Another brilliant installation in the Constellation series by CLAUDIA GRAY. I absolutely loved the first book Defy the Stars and was looking forward to Defy the Worlds.
“Sometimes I feel like I’ve gone my whole life just waiting for someone to see me. And you do, Abel. You might be the only person who ever has.“
Defy the Worlds picked up where we last saw Noemi: back in Genesis after leaving Abel. She’s starting fresh as a military soldier of Genesis while still missing the artificial intelligence with a conscious who saved her life. And now she’s on a mission to save her planet from a biological virus.
The plot, as before, is as amazing as ever. From the first page we’re drawn into the external and internal battle Noemi fights in saving the people she loves. Defy the Worlds is action packed, full of twists and endless fights between various parties in the book. I am again reminded why I love this series so much: Abel and Noemi both have complex characterizations and a past that makes them so unique form the other characters. Readers will again witness why these two work so well together, and why we need more strong characters that question our beliefs as we know it.
Readers will also be transported back to the brilliant science fictional world that GRAY created. But there’ll be a new twist to the entire plot that questions just how noble a human can claim his work to be, if it involves hurting so many other people. We’re introduced to a bigger universe and the possibility of mechs being a more permanent fixture in our lives.
Defy the Stars focused heavily on Noemi and Abel’s personal journeys but Defy the Worlds focused more on the their home planets and the future of mankind. I wished there was more romance action between Noemi and Abel, but what makes this series actually works is its lack in romance. You can expect some minor love action between these two and a whole load of fighting and flying instead. Which is a pretty sweet deal if you ask me.
“I don’t know what comes after this, if anything even can. All I know is you’re the only person I can’t imagine living my whole life without.“
If you’re looking for a serious YA Sci-fi series, give the Constellation series a try. I definitely enjoyed reading both books, despite the heart-wrenching cliffhanger at the end. Book 3 will hopefully be published next year so I won’t have to suffer for long. I would advice readers to read the first book and continue with Defy the Worlds because there are a lot of repeated characters and events happening in the sequel. Since it’s been a year since I last read Defy the Stars, I struggled with remember all the minute but important details.
Perfect for fans of YA and science fiction, Defy the Worlds will bring a good amount of action and sentimental scenes that makes you love and empathize with the characters, believe in justice for the planets and imagine a future world where AI truly live among us.
Thank you Pansing Books for providing a copy in exchange of an honest review.