Series: Starflight #1
Date Published: February 2nd 2016
Genres: Action & Adventure, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Audiobook Length: 9 hours 44 minutes
Audiobook Narrator: Amanda Dolan
Description: Solara Brooks needs a fresh start, someplace where nobody cares about the engine grease beneath her fingernails or the felony tattoos across her knuckles. The outer realm may be lawless, butit's not like the law has ever been on her side.Still, off-world travel doesn't come cheap; Solara is left with no choice but to indenture herself in exchange for passage to the outer realm. She just wishes it could have been to anyone besides Doran Spaulding, the rich, pretty-boy quarterback who made her life miserable in school.The tables suddenly turn when Doran is framed for conspiracy on Earth, and Solara cons him into playing the role of her servant on board the Banshee, a ship manned by an eccentric crew with their own secrets. Given the price on both Doran and Solara's heads, it may just be the safest place in the universe.It's been a long time since Solara has believed in anyone, and Doran is the last person she expected to trust. But when the Banshee's dangerous enemies catch up with them, Solara and Doran must come together to protect the ship that has become their home-and the eccentric crew that feels like family.
A book review in chart form:
I guess a regular review, too.
There were some aspects about Starflight that I really did enjoy. It’s a good starter sci fi book. There aren’t a bunch of weird character or place names to try and remember. It’s not heavy on the science. The only real “space” stuff is the fact that the majority of the book takes place on a space ship. The setting could easily have been a small office or school. As long as leaving said office without a pressurized suit resulted in instantaneous death.
Solara and Doran were high school rivals. She the orphan on scholarship; he the son of one of the richest men in the galaxy, They hate, but need each other to survive. And of course they fall in love. I preferred their relationship when it was adversarial. Solara has some sass and spirit. Putting Doran in his place is way more fun for me than her mushy feelings. The shipmates aboard the Banshee were a motley crew. It felt a bit Gilligan’s Island. I did quite enjoy the Space Pirates! More books should have pirates. As you can see from the above chart, the plot was a bit all over the place for me. The beginning drew me in, the middle was dull (Julie would NOT appreciate all the journeying!). The end perked me back up. There was not a compelling force to keep reading through the middle. The audio narration was good. But not overly exciting.
My overall impression for Starflight is an ok book. Nothing overly exciting; and nothing overly horrible. I’ll consider reading the rest of the series. So long as there are space pirates.