Starflight by Melissa Landers
Solara Brooks needs to restart her life and the best way to do that is find passage to the outer realm where no one will care about the felony tattoos across her fingers. Unfortunately, the only way to get there is to become the indentured servant of her former classmate, Doran Spaulding, the spoiled heir to a fuel fortune. Suddenly, everything changes when Doran is accused of conspiracy and must flee the authorities. Solara tricks him into playing her servant and the two find refuge aboard the Banshee with its rag-tag crew. Starflight is a refreshing YA science fiction space adventure with excellent protagonists and an enjoyable supporting cast. It’s a fast-paced read with engaging plot points. I particularly liked Solara. She was an independent, non-apologetic, yet still feminine character. You’ll have fun with this easy, sci-fi tale.
The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers
Becky Chambers spins a lively space opera in The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet. It takes place aboard the Wayfarer, a hyperspace tunneling ship with a multi-species crew. When the Wayfarer is offered a very lucrative but long and dangerous job, they begin a journey filled with adventure and mishaps that test the limits of the tight-knit family. The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet is a wonderful, spacey read. I picked up this book because the description on the back reminded me of Firefly, which is never a bad thing. And yes, the story and characters have some similarities but Becky Chambers definitely wrote her own unique take on the space opera. A quote on the back says “A rollicking space adventure with a lot of heart” and I think that’s a great way to describe this book.
These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner
Lilac LaRoux, daughter of the richest man in the universe, and Tarver Merendsen, a lowly soldier, would not ordinarily socialize. But, after their luxury spaceliner crashes on an unknown planet, Lilac and Tarver must work together to survive. Told in alternating narration, the readers are allowed to see how Lilac and Tarver must adapt to their situation. Both are complex yet relatable characters. These Broken Stars is a beautifully written sci-fi love story.
Star Wars: X-Wing Rogue Squadron by Michael A. Stackpole
Review: Oh Star Wars, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways… Okay, I’ll save you from listening to my fan girly adoration. But I did like this book. It’s nice to jump back into classic Star Wars every now and again if only to remind myself of what a rich world George Lucas created. This novel takes place a few years after the events of “Return of the Jedi” and deals with the Rebellion’s feared X-Wing unit, Rogue Squadron, commanded by Wedge Antilles (who I always liked from the movies). Reading about dogfights has a distinct feel from seeing them played out on screen but it is nonetheless entertaining. I particularly liked that the way Stackpole maintained the chaos and frantic nature of aerial dogfights on the page.