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Defy the Fates

(Constellation #3)

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  2,376 ratings  ·  383 reviews
Hunted and desperate.

Abel only has one mission left that matters: save the life of Noemi Vidal. To do that, he not only has to escape the Genesis authorities, he also must face the one person in the galaxy who still has the means to destroy him. Burton Mansfield's consciousness lives on, desperate for a home, and Abel's own body is his last bargaining chip.

Alone in the un
Hardcover, 470 pages
Published April 2nd 2019 by Little, Brown Books For Young Readers
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Jun 09, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although I appreciate the romance between the two main characters and the series as a whole, I felt like this book was a repeat of the conflicts we’ve already seen in the first two books, like the two characters being separated (once again) or sacrificing their lives for the other (once again). As a result, this book felt redundant and unneeded. Some of the misunderstandings were also uncharacteristic considering all they’ve been through together, and I wish there was more time spent on romance ...more
Adah Udechukwu
Apr 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Defy the Fates was perfect, perfect, perfect.
Mar 30, 2019 rated it liked it
My local Barnes and Noble placed this out on the shelves early - nice.

Now that the series is over, I feel kind of let down that the third book of the trilogy wasn't as engaging or enjoyable as the first two. I kind of suspected something (like being a tad left down) when I saw that it was thinner than the last two books. :/ (I like my prose, especially this book with its take on humanity and the future.)

What I didn't like would probably be a better way to frame this review.

- How easily everythin
Cindy ✩☽♔
May 25, 2018 marked it as to-read
Forever disliking the re-designed cover themes, but it's I'll just read it on my Kindle like for the second book lol
Coming back to find that this now has a title, synopsis and release date is honestly such a great surprise =D
I need more info on this now!
Gotta say, I liked this final book in this series much more than book 2. Even with a couple of things that totally annoyed me (e.g., Abel's repeated offering of himself for destruction, instead of ever talking to Noemi to figure out a possible other course.) And all the connections Noemi and Abel made in book one were again vital in their dealing with the new troubles between Genesis and Earth, and dealing with the situation on Haven.
I knew going into this book that there would be elements that

That about sums up my feelings on the last two books.

This should've remained a standalone. The first book was so good! And it all just bit the dust.

The lack of imagery is starkly apparent in the 2nd and 3rd books. It was easy to overlook this in the first one but when the story focuses on several different planets and we barely get a glimpse at them all? OOF.

The romance, which began as a cute and healthy relationship, quickly devolved into martyrdom and stupid miscommunication as the series cont
I fell in love SO hard with Abel and Noemi in book 1 as well as all the awesome space opera settings and the buildup of the story-line. Book 2 was also a really fun and fast paced read but already not As good as the first one. My expectations were that book 3 would hopefully be a stellar and explosive conclusion to it all, but in the end I can’t say that book 3 was entirely what I had hoped for unfortunately and it ‘fell a bit short’ for me.

Like some other readers stated as well; I am of an opin
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I finished this last night and was distracted enough to forget to review it immediately and now here we are less than twenty-four hours later and most of the enjoyment I got out of this has worn off.

Admittedly I did think this felt better than book two, which I had rounded up on back in 2018 due to a few elements and also my love for book one, but some of the big moments in this finale felt very unimpressive and resolved very quickly and that's definitely taking the shine off for me. The all-enc
May 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Satisfying conclusion to this trilogy. I actually found this one moved at a great pace and the characters really developed even more so. I really enjoyed the first two a lot but this one really focused a lot on Mansfield’s God complex (pet peeve of mine) and it got a bit obnoxious more than with the previous books. Overall, good conclusion.
By the last half of the book, I got super invested. I was like oh shit please don’t kill off the good characters – but especially my favorite ones. Considering how this had a literal 30-year galactic war, my anxiety was up thereeee.

Here are some of my thoughts:
• I love that the plot perfectly balances science and religion. This series is seriously coming through with those areas, as well as philosophy, morals/ethics, politics, mortality, etc. There are some serious deep thinking involved in the
I'm so conflicted about this final book.

Is it what I wanted? No.
It is at the same level of the previous two books? Nope. (it hurts to write this 😭)
My love for the characters, Noemi and Abel, will diminish because of this book? also no. Thank God.

This author should've delivered more ship content, this is the final book and we had like... two precious moments and that was it. I needed more.

I think this book was okay, but could've been SO much better.
Mar 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Out of the whole trilogy, the first book (DEFY THE STARS) was the best. Not that this was bad - this is one of the better sci-fi trilogies out there at the moment imo - but there’s been a slip.

DEFY THE FATES is not a bad ending; it ticks all the boxes needed for a conclusion. But this doesn’t change the fact the book seemed rushed, and many problems were solved conveniently within the same page. There were no true struggles to speak of, and everything just felt strangely artificial.

(However, the
Nov 18, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2020
This series and I have a weird relationship. I love it, but still, it took me so long to finish reading the books. It was fun, although I didn’t enjoy it as much as the first books. So many things happened, and it all that made the ending a bit anticlimactic.

(view spoiler)
Sep 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
what a series! Claudia Gray's writing and characters just do it for me, definitely going on my auto-read list! ...more
Sep 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Noemi is badly hurt and Abel has no choice but to engage in a dangerous bargain with the daughter of his creator, Abel's body for her father's consciousness in exchange for saving Noemi by turning her into a human/mech hybrid. The political situation between Earth and its colonies has never been more unstable though and none of their survival is guaranteed particularly with Genesis on the ascendancy and desperate to win the Liberty War by any means necessary.

I think this concludes this series fa
Sara (A Gingerly Review)
4.5 stars

I loved being back in this world but so sad that it is over!

Clare Carter
May 28, 2019 rated it liked it
I'm glad I finished this trilogy out, but this was definitely my least favorite of the three books. I'm definitely disappointed because the first book in this series is a book I really loved, and I really enjoyed the second one too! I just felt like this third book was kinda repetitive and oddly paced. I just found myself not really caring as much as I did in the first two books, because I felt like the characters were just doing the same things they'd already done over again. Honestly, I think ...more
M.  Reads Often
Aug 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Ah, it’s over. It was beautiful. I’ll miss this series. Normally don’t like sci-fi but this was amazing! I can’t wait to revisit in the future. I just love this trilogy so much. Even when I’m worried it’ll end badly, happy things happen. Noemi and Abel are strong characters, and I enjoy the writing of Claudia Gray immensely! I recommend this for fans of sci-fi or those who want to try it out. This is a fantastic series!
Bookphenomena (Micky)
Aug 03, 2018 marked it as to-read
I'm so very needy for this one. I want it come to an exciting, soaring end. ...more
Forever Young Adult
Graded By: Mandy C.
Cover Story: Space Face(s)
BFF Charms: Yay, Be Mine
Swoonworthy Scale: 6
Talky Talk: Science Friction
Bonus Factor: Cyborg
Anti-Bonus Factor: TEABS
Relationship Status: Forever Friends

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Dec 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
edit 5/26/19 I've settled on a four star rating because, while I preferred other books in the series, the series still feels worth the read to me and I enjoyed it so much overall. Happy reading! :)

Post Reading This is a hard one to rate because I loved everything except for the last three chapters. The last three chapters are important.

Prereading When you want a book so badly you keep coming back to check the release date as if it will somehow change if you keep looking at it. Hint: it does
Sep 12, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, young-adult
3.5 stars rounded up

I really enjoyed this conclusion to a thoroughly captivating, thought-provoking, and entertaining trilogy.

I only wished that the biggest change, (view spoiler) had been given more time to sink in, to be discussed, as I thought this was a truly fascinating idea, one that I would've loved to see explored much more.

But oh well.

When you still remember what happened in book 1 two years after you read it, y
Jodi Meadows
Aug 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I loved this series.
Maggie ☘
Defy the Fates is a worthy conclusion to an amazing underrated sci-fi trilogy.

“My future is in the stars.”

I enjoyed once egain visiting Noemi and Abel. Abel is such a soft cinnamon roll, also highly intelligent. Noemi is a tough independent soldier. Both of them are extremely loyal, strong individuals who respect each other's abilities 100%. Once again, I really liked their dynamic together.

“He’s never put expectations on how he feels for her, never acted like that required her to feel the exa
May 02, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, 2020-books

“My future is in the stars.”


Defy the Fates is the finale to the Constellation series, and a solid, slightly disappointing ending to this trilogy.

For one, this concluding novel opens with a bang. Defy the Worlds ended with quite the cliffhanger, so the beginning of Book 3 presented quite the conflict for our two main characters at this book's start. Noemi and Abel must grapple with the truths they discovered in the previous installment, and the Liberty War has become much more complicated.
Apr 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars. It would have been 5 but... something big I was expecting didnt happen and WHY NOT. Ugh.
*Source* Library
*Genre* Young Adult, Science Fiction
*Rating* 3.5


Defy The Fates is the third and final installment in author Claudia Gray's Constellation Trilogy. The story picks up right where Defy The World ended with a shocking cliffhanger. Now, the author has a choice: Does she make readers believe that everything is going to be fine, or does she twist the story so radically that it will fundamentally change the lives of both main Abel, the galaxy's most advance artificial cyberneti
Aug 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
A rather insane and fast paced ending to this trilogy. Talk about a book hitting the ground running! This novel picks up where the last leaves off and flips between two points of view (I kind of love novels that do that) and is almost non-stop action from the beginning. This novel further explores the scary possibility of A.I. learning and changing, although with Abel it seems to be for the best and in a positive way because he found his soul in the previous novels. An imaginative, exciting adve ...more
Cait (Caitsbooks)
Quick Stats:
4/5 Stars
Characters: 4/5
Setting: 5/5
Writing: 4/5
Plot and Themes: 4/5
Awesomeness Factor: 3/5
Review in a Nutshell: Defy the Fates is an action-packed ending with all of the humor, romance, and philosophizing that the first two books made me fall in love with.

“The opposite of Faith isn’t doubt. The opposite of Faith is certainty.”

// Content Warning: Violence, Death, Assault, Gun Violence, Suicide Mention, War Themes, Murder, Illness, Kidnapping/Abduction //

- Premise -

Defy The F
Eileen (BookCatPin)
Jun 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

Sci-fi's not my favourite genre but the Constellation series is fantastic. It's so underrated I wish more people would read it! Defy the Fates is a death-defying conclusion befitting the imaginative adventure that started in Defy the Stars.

The story is fast-paced with action after action. Every moment was full of urgency and sometimes desperation but with a hopeful undertone. The unknown was super thrilling. The pacing never faltered. I held my breath hoping things would turn out well a
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Claudia Gray is not my real name. I didn't choose a pseudonym because my real name is unpleasant (it isn't), because I'd always dreamed of calling myself this (I haven't) or even because I'm hiding from the remnants of that international diamond-smuggling cartel I smashed in 2003 (Interpol has taken care of them). In short, I took a pseudonym for no real reason whatsoever. Sometimes this is actual ...more

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