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Defy the Stars

(Constellation #1)

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  11,587 ratings  ·  2,130 reviews
Noemi is a young and fearless soldier of Genesis, a colony planet of a dying Earth. But the citizens of Genesis are rising up - they know that Earth's settlers will only destroy this planet the way they destroyed their own. And so a terrible war has begun.

When Noemi meets Abel, one of Earth's robotic mech warriors, she realizes that Abel himself may provide the key to Gene
Paperback, UK, 425 pages
Published April 6th 2017 by Hot Key Books (first published April 4th 2017)
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Miranda Reads
Mar 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook

Where there’s no free will, there’s no sin.
Noemi Vidal, a young soldier, stumbles upon a mech (android/robot) in an abandoned ship near the asteroid battlefield.

Abel, the abandoned mech, is ecstatic. He's finally (FINALLY) been rescued. He spent thirty-freaking-years in that sh*thole of an ship and he's finally - getting roped into an inter-planetary war by a YA heroine. Great.

Well, his programming directives forces him to listen to the highest commanding human in the area...so now he has to
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
UPDATE: This awesome book is $2.99 on Kindle US today 8-17-17

Well I loved it and I'm glad I did because I'm tired of some of those pretty book covers pulling me in, but that is neither here nor there.

I love space books =) It's like my new thing that - uh - started last year. So, it's not THAT new but who cares.

In this book it would seem that Earth is a big ole arse hole. I mean they have set stuff loose on the galaxy and other things.

They are fighting with Genesis that is another planet that
Elle (ellexamines)
I know many of you may be ignoring this one because it looks like a typical scifi romance drama. Don't. Yes, there is a romantic element, but it's definitely not the whole book. The main characters have a very slow buildup to romance, and it never overtook the book. I'm not much of a romance fan myself, but this book was so much more than that. Give it a try even if you're worried.

This book is inevitably going to be compared to every sci-fi book published in the past five years. So here, I did
May 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great story from Claudia Grey, I saw on the front cover it said for fans of Divergent. As such a fan how did not like the ending or Carve the Mark, this is a space story in the divergent style done right. The book is told from 2 perspectives Noemi and Able. I like the was Grey differentiates between the perspectives and the character development is great.

I really prefer Greys style of story telling that the characters do not simply fall in love at first site each character has their moment to
Simona B
*I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

“And as always, she wishes her most secret, most selfish wish:
If only I could explore it all.

•I obviously believe this book to be deliciously written, skilfully paced, blessed with two leads that are absolutely beyond compelling, but I also think I loved as unconditionally as I did because of past conditioning (I think there's a pun here), meaning: are you familiar with Isaac Asimov? If you're not, again, wh
Nov 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Exciting and fast-paced with likable characters and a well-developed relationship to root for. Although it's a predictable story with its cheesy moments, it's still an enjoyable escapist read that got me through an entire day stuck at the airport. ...more
3.5 stars

I was here for Kady and Aidan and I got that.

Please read my wife's amazing review asap bc she sums up everything I felt perfectly.

"'We could practice if you want,' he smiles as he starts to expalin, 'Remember what i told you in Genesis? I'm programmed with a wide array of techniques for providing physical pleasure via every activity from kissing to the more arcane positions for sexual intercourse. Although I've never performed them before I'm confident I could do very skillfully.
Reynita ★ The Night Reader ★


My Opinion

I'm a fan of science fiction so when I saw this book in the bookstore, I immediately bought a copy because this book had been in my " want to read " list for over a month and I also loved the cover. but I'm a little bit disappointed in reading this book because I'm a slow reader so it always takes me 5 - 10 days to finish a book and I felt like I kind of wasted my time in reading this book. all those nights I spent reading this book wa
elena ❀
UPDATE: realized this was a br fail and i haven't touched the book ever since i put it on hold so im just marking it as a dnf


the kind one, elise
the traitor who wants me to join the dark side
the rude bitch who gives me ugly reminders even when she knows i hate them

excited to read this with them! hopefully solomon doesn't ditch us and hopefully thi
"We were both looking for each other the whole time."

This is my most anticipated first book in the series release of 2017. I've been so excited to read this book ever since I found out about it in November last year. Getting an advanced copy of this book basically made my life and I don't think I've stopped screaming in excitement since I picked it up.


I'm complete trash for this author, and honestly she never disappoints. Let's be real, it would have taken a lot for me to give this book any
3.5 stars
A space opera involving robots, a girl willing to sacrifice her life for her planet, and an interstellar war that has been going on for 30 years.

Earth is the enemy. They've used up all their resources and have ruined their own planet through pollution among other things. Their solution is to colonize other planets. Genesis is very careful about not ruining their planet. They won't make anything new when something old still functions. Because of this..their environment is pristine. Earth
Brittney ~ Reverie and Ink

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˗ˏˋ lia ˎˊ˗
Apr 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 05-read-in-2019
“where there’s no free will, there’s no sin.”

going into this, i was a little wary because i haven’t read a lot of science fiction that i have enjoyed. after a total of ten pages, however, i was absolutely hooked! it was so incredibly fast paced, which was really refreshing after not having read plenty of such books recently. as i was reading, i pretty much was like one more chapter, just one more chapter and i’ll stop and, thus, i literally FLEW through this chunker of a book. the world was al
Mogsy (MMOGC)
4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2017/04/29/...

I first discovered and became a fan of Claudia Gray through her Star Wars novels. Having loved Lost Stars, I next went on to read and enjoy Bloodline, but even then I was aware that media tie-ins cannot give me the full measure of an author. And so I’d hoped to try one of her Young Adult books for quite some time now, which eventually led me to Defy the Stars.

The book first introduces readers to Noemi Vidal, a seventeen ye
Maggie ☘
*4.75/5 stars*

“Where there’s no free will, there’s no sin.”

I don't even know what to say: This book was such a pleasant surprise and I did not, at all, expect to love it as much as I did!
Defy the Stars is by far the best book yet written by Claudia Grey. (Also, this is the first time her book doesn't have a love-triangle. Yay!) This is the kind of science fiction I was waiting for. I loved the characters, the slow burn enemies-to-friends-to-lovers romance (which actually didn't appear thro
booksnpenguins (lance orion approved)
First of all I'd like to thank the apfelstrudel of my heart for this awesome buddy/dude read. See you in another 50 pages 🖤

"I've never been less lonely than I am now. With you."


{RTC ^_^}
Apr 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I need the sequel now! This series is pretty addicting already. The dialogue has a good share of funny dialogues between the characters, the characters are so likeable, and readers will love the connection that establishes between Abel and Noemi.

This was my first Claudia Gray book (I know, I know, shocker and hiding under a rock) but will NOT be my last. I have to get my hands on her other books sooner rather than later.
Mar 30, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, 2017
3.5 stars

RTC. Maybe.
Cindy ✩☽♔
Nov 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: otps-feels, sci-fi, space
“Where there’s no free will, there’s no sin.”

This book is truly a wonderful piece of work. It makes one truly reflect on what it means to be human, to exist. It brings to the forefront the value of life, friendship, family and love. And it makes us question the rather backward notion that some lives are more worth saving.

“We are this world. Its next generation. If you’re not trying to save us, then what exactly are you trying to save?”

Because it is such a common notion in the world of pol
Jodi Meadows
Aug 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I ended up liking this a lot more than I was expecting. Outer space, hate to love romances, and questions about what it means to be human -- I'm into it. ...more
Feb 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
This was just fantastic. What a detailed, fascinating, conflict-filled galaxy Claudia Gray has created for her characters to play in. Right from the start we’re sucked in to the action as Noemi practices as a kamikaze warrior to try to bring down a key transport ring that allowed residents of Earth (the baddies in this one) to get to her home planet of Genesis. When her friend is injured, she’s forced to seek help on an abandoned vessel, where she meets AI Abel.

What I LOVE LOVE LOVE about Claud
Mar 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Finally a good book to kill my slump!!!! Pumped for book two which just happens to release on my birthday yaaaas👏🏻 😊
Sarah Elizabeth
(I received an advance copy of this book for free. Thanks to Bonnier Zaffre and NetGalley.)

“These are the ships of the enemy, the planet determined to conquer Genesis and take their lands and resources for its own forever: Earth.”

This was a YA sci-fi story, about a girl whose planet was being taken over by the people of Earth.

Noemi was quite a brave girl, and she wasn’t afraid to do what needed to be done for the greater good, even if it meant sacrificing her own life to save her pla
Jul 10, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Claudia Gray has written a beautiful novel about what means to be human and to have a soul. It may seem an ordinary sci-fi/romance YA novel but it's much more.

What makes this novel special, in my opinion, is the development of the characters, a human and a robot and their growth and evolution in the book. They question their beliefs and are able to make tough decisions.

Sci-fi fans will like the futuristic society described by the author and romance fans are bound to love the idea of a budding re
Apr 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
S O M U C H L O V E F O R T H I S B O O K !

Although, if I'm being completely honest with myself, I guess I was kind of bound to fall in love with this book because my heart and soul literally squeal whenever I see the words space, planet or interstellar war. Add a beautiful, colourful cover and that's it, you've won me over. Publishers, you now know exactly what to put in your blurbs and how to design your covers. Don't thank me.


The characters in this book are incredible. Both Noemi an
Wren (fablesandwren)
So I kind of thought this book was boring.

And it might have been the narrators. The gentlemen, bless his heart, who did Abel's voice talked like a robot since Able was a robot. When anyone else talked, it was normal and you could tell that he was great at narrating. But my word.. when you talk like a robot for half a book, my brains want to melt away from you.

When I look back at all the things that happened, I realize that the book probably could have been a solid four star, maybe three, rating
Feb 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was super excited for this book when I requested it and somehow never got around to it. And then every time I would look at it, I wasn’t prepared to sit down with a 500+ page book.

I really liked Noemi and Abel. They’re so similar and yet so different and it was interesting to see how they learned about and from each other. There are loads of other characters, but the story is focused on these two. Although, I will say I need more Virginia.

Plot wise, it was so very dense. There are several pl
I loved this!

This story is told from two alternating perspectives - Noemi and Abel. Noemi is a soldier from a planet called Genesis and Abel is the most technologically advanced AI (or a mech as he is called in the book) in the galaxy. Due to circumstance, these two characters run into each other and the plot ensues from there.

I loved the characters. I thought they were all well thought out. The author does an incredible job bringing them to life. That being said, my favourite character has to b
OMG! I don't know why I waited so long to dive into this but I was not disappointed.

Defy the Stars gave me the urge to ship two amazing people together. Well, I mean.. any book does that really but I seriously loved Abel and Noemi so freaking much. Ugh, they were an amazing team and the ending of this probably broke me. It's like when your favorite celebrity couple gets married and makes you believe in unicorns, love, and feelings. Then like a year later they squash all of it like a damn bug and
nemo the emo ☠️ (pagesandprozac)
"Even ordinary things gain great power when we have been without them for too long."

first book i cried legit tears over since Heir of Fire. anyone who thinks YA is shallow and superficial need to read this book because honestly... it was absolutely incredible.

i had one singular criticism of this book, and that was the ending. however, i have since discovered it is a duology (i did not notice before, on account of the fact that i am an idiot). my criticism of the ending was based on the assumpt
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