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Life in the outer realm is a lawless, dirty, hard existence, and Solara Brooks is hungry for it. Just out of the orphanage, she needs a fresh start in a place where nobody cares about the engine grease beneath her fingernails or the felony tattoos across her knuckles.
She's so desperate to reach the realm that she's willing to indenture herself to Doran Spaulding, the rich and popular quarterback who made her life miserable all through high school, in exchange for passage aboard the spaceliner Zenith.
When a twist of fate lands them instead on the Banshee, a vessel of dubious repute, Doran learns he's been framed on Earth for conspiracy. As he pursues a set of mysterious coordinates rumored to hold the key to clearing his name, he and Solara must get past their enmity to work together and evade those out for their arrest.
Life on the Banshee may be tumultuous, but as Solara and Doran are forced to question everything they once believed about their world—and each other—the ship becomes home, and the eccentric crew family. But what Solara and Doran discover on the mysterious Planet X has the power to not only alter their lives, but the existence of everyone in the universe...
Audiobook Received for Review in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Sci-fi books are generally a genre that is out of my comfort zone. I used to be bored by any sci-fi books I tried in the past, but in the last year I have really loved the sci-fi books that I’ve read. I’ve already heard the previous book by the author, Alienated, and I really enjoyed it and knew that I wanted to read Starflight when I heard about it. Especially since it reminded me a bit of the Starbound books (in a good way). I was hoping that this one would be released on audio, since I prefer to listen to this genre on audio and was so happy when I saw it on Audible.
I went into this book completely blind. I was driving to the city one day (which usually takes an hour) and had just finished my previous audiobook and was in the mood for a new book. I usually take a bit longer to decide my next audiobook: I reread the summary, recheck narrators, look up the length, etc. Since I was driving, I just chose the next book and started listening. I really liked going into the book blind because I had no idea what to expect or who the characters were, all I knew was that the book was set it space. I remember our first glimpse of Doran, I thought to myself ‘please don’t let this asshole be the love interest!’ Luckily, Doran did end up being the love interest and considering he was such an asshole in the beginning of the book, I wasn’t expecting to like him as much as I did. I don’t mind characters that have flaws, or even characters who are jerks like Doran, as long as they grow and learn throughout the book, which he totally did.
Solara was a character that I loved from the very beginning. She was tough and fierce and loyal and she won me over with each smart ass remark. Orphaned as a child and framed for a crime she didn’t commit, life isn’t easy for Solara. Especially with the felony tattoos on her knuckles that let everyone know just what kind of person she is. Despite the fact that she has so much going against she, Solara is determined to make a better life for herself and boarding the Zenith is her last chance. For that, she needs the help of spoiled Doran. These two butt heads so much and there was a time in the beginning where I still wasn’t sure if Doran was even the love interest, but once I saw those tiny sparks fly between them I was a full-on Solara-Doran shipper. Their chemistry only gets better throughout the book and I really loved the romance part of the story. Starflight was more than just romance though. We get danger, escape missions, betrayals, and even a ball! We also have a great cast of supporting characters that I can’t wait to read more about in the companion. Starflight was such a fun adventure, sign me up for book two!
Audiobook Comments: I believe this is the first audiobook that I’ve heard from Amanda Dolan and I must say that I was impressed. I wasn’t aware that this would have two POV, since there is only one narrator listed and quite honestly having a one narrator do two POV’s really annoys me most of the time. Luckily, this one didn’t bother me too bad and I thought Amanda Dolan did a pretty great job with her performances. I so would have loved this audiobook so much more if we had a guy narrator to do Doran’s parts, but I’m still glad that I ended up listening to this one. I really liked the story and plan on continuing with the series. Hopefully next time we have more than one narrator.
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