Book Review: Starflight
Starflight by Melissa Landers is a Sci-fi Romance set against the back drop of western style space colonization.
This book was pure fun from start to finish. A wild space adventure in the epic style of Firefly with a pretty good love story that brings the swoon. If that’s not enough to grab your attention then how about some pirates to up the ante.That’s right kids, SPACE PIRATES.
Starflight brings together a rag tag bunch of humans and one super cute Sugar Glider who find themselves evading galactic law enforcement, genetically engineered hitmen and space pirates as they band together to make it to the lawless outer realm in a tin-can ship named Banshee.
Solara Brooks is smart, talented and looking for a one way ticket off earth to escape her criminal branding and to make a fresh start for herself in the outer realm. Doran Spaulding is heir to a galactic fuel company, ridiculously good looking and a bit of a dick. Unfortunately for Solara the only way she can get a ticket off earth is to indenture herself to Doran as his domestic help for the year of the flight. Not long into the flight the contract inevitably gets broken when Doran attempts to dump Solara at a rough space outpost after discovering her criminal past. Something happens however that wipes Doran’s memory for a short period and quick thinking Solara seizes upon the opportunity to convince Doran that he is her indentured servant while using his fuel credits to buy passage on another docked ship to continue her quest. Things only get wore for Doran as we find out he’s been framed for a rather large crime earning him an equally large bounty for his capture. Luckily Doran and Solara fit right in with the crew of the Banshee as each of the other four crew members are evading the law and mainstream living for their own equally interesting reasons.
The crew of the Banshee make their way across the star system, battling pirates, visiting terra formed planets and surviving Doran’s burnt porridge to reach a set of secret co-ordinates left to Doran by his imprisoned father before they were both framed for the same crime. The twist at the end of the book wasn’t so much a surprise as a slow realised forgone conclusion but it was still fun to read and provides some great deep space action scenes.
Starflight is a stand alone novel, meaning the plot resolves itself over the course of the book and you wont have to wait for book 2, 3 or 74 in the series to find out what happens next. Lander’s has said there will be a companion novel featuring two of the other Banshee crew members Cassia and Kane which I am really looking forward to reading.
This book will appeal to those who loved the Lunar Chronicles series, Ender’s Game and reading Firefly fanfic.