She's a soldier -- Noemi Vidal is willing to risk anything to protect her planet, Genesis, including her own life. Read more...
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She's a soldier -- Noemi Vidal is willing to risk anything to protect her planet, Genesis, including her own life. To their enemies on Earth, she's a rebel.
He's a machine -- Abandoned in space for years, utterly alone, Abel's advanced programming has begun to evolve. He wants only to protect his creator, and to be free. To the people of Genesis, he's an abomination.
Noemi and Abel are enemies in an interstellar war, forced by chance to work together as they embark on a daring journey through the stars. Their efforts would end the fighting for good, but they're not without sacrifice. The stakes are even higher than either of them first realized, and the more time they spend together, the more they're forced to question everything they'd been taught was true.
An epic and romantic adventure, perfect for fans of The Lunar Chronicles and Illuminae.
- ISBN-13: 9780316394031
- ISBN-10: 0316394033
- Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
- Publish Date: April 2017
- Page Count: 512
- Reading Level: Ages 13-17
- Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.8 x 1.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
Series: Defy the Stars #1
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2017-02-13
- Reviewer: Staff
In this poignant and profound SF novel from Gray (the Firebird trilogy), resources are scarce, humans populate multiple planets, and a colony world called Genesis is battling Earth for independence. Noemi Vidal, a 17-year-old fighter pilot from Genesis, is on a training run when an Earth army of humanoid robots known as mechs attacks her squadron. Noemi gets separated from the group and seeks refuge on a broken-down research vessel. On board is Abel, the first mech ever created. A showdown ensues before a quirk in Abels code dictates that he submit to Noemis command. Using information gleaned from Abel, Noemi hatches a plan to liberate Genesis that necessitates the mechs destruction. Its not long, though, until Noemi is forced to wonder whether Abel has transcended his programming. Noemi and Abel share the narrative, and together they weave a tale that examines the ethics of war and tackles questions of consciousness, love, and free will. Grays characters are nuanced, her worldbuilding is intelligent, and the books conclusion thrills and satisfies while defying expectations. Ages 15up. Agent: Diana Fox, Fox Literary. (Apr.)