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3.95  ·  Rating details ·  105 ratings  ·  41 reviews
Kyler Centaurus isn't your typical runaway. All he wanted was a quick trip to the legendary Fasti Sun Festival. Who wouldn't want to see new stars being born? Um, try Kyler's entire family. They couldn't care less about mind-blowing wonders of science.

When an accidental launch sequence ends with Kyler hurtling through space on the family cruiser, the thrill of freedom is c
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published July 9th 2019 by Disney-Hyperion
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Mar 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
**I received an ARC from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review**

I was initially drawn to this book by the cover and I’m so glad I was. I found myself enjoying this book so much that by the end I was hoping it would be part of a series so that I could read more of the adventures of Ky and Fig.

This is the perfect book for anyone who has ever felt like they just didn’t belong. Kyler is struggling to find his place in a family where no one shares his interests while Fig i
Rashika (is tired)
While I never got the chance to read Alienated, I have read Lander’s romance novels so when I heard about Blastaway, I was immediately onboard. I expected something akin to Alienated (even though I hadn’t read it) and in my excitement, missed that Blastaway wasn’t YA. It is middle grade. I read middle grade so that didn’t really turn me off but this book wouldn’t really hit the mark for adult middle grade readers the way it would for middle grade middle grade readers – aka the intended demograph ...more
Ms. Yingling
May 29, 2019 rated it liked it
E ARC provided by Edelweiss Plus

Kyler Centaurus have four obnoxious brothers who play soccer or other sports, while Kyler is more interested in science. He would really like to visit the Fasti Sun Festival, but his parents are against it, since Quasar Niatrix is behind it. Niatrix is a businessman who runs a successful corporation and is fabulously wealthy, but Kyler's dad is always protesting against him. Tired of dealing with his brothers and not getting his own way, Kyler decides to take the
I'm putting this down for now at page 52. I think the characters are too young for me. ...more
Jun 09, 2019 rated it liked it
(I received this book free by School Library Journal, for an honest review.)

Blastaway mixes sci-fi, political injustices, and page-turning adventures all into one book. The two main characters come from two different sides of the galactic world and in a wild scenario, end up having to work together to save the earth from destruction. Both characters were enjoyable and I loved how (most modern YA books are starting to do this) the author gives us both main character's perspective. However, Figere
Feb 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Kyler Centaurus is a nerdy kid who stands out from all of his brothers who seem to love all boy things like football and sports. Kyler loves celestology--the study of the stars. All he wants is a chance to go to the Fasti Sun Festival where you can see new stars being born. Luckily, he "accidentally" steals his family's space cruiser and heads off to the festival.

Unfortunately, he is attacked by two space pirates who try to steal his ship. Luckily, he meets Figerella Jammeslot--Fig for short. Sh
Susan Graves
Jan 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was a read aloud with my son and boy did we both enjoy it! This was a fun action paced book that kept the both of us guessing and anticipating what would happen next. I truly hope we will see more from this author because she has a way of writing where both mom and child are engaged.
Casey Carlisle
Feb 18, 2021 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book so much, it was literally like watching a Disney movie (no wonder Disney Hyperion published this.) Great family friendly hijinks. ‘Blastaway’ is every kid’s fantasy of running away from home on a spaceship with a robot sidekick to boot. There were elements of Home-Alone-in-space, and the robots is reminiscent of ‘Short Circuit,’ ‘Wall-E,’ and the two robots from ‘The Black Hole’ V.I.N.CENT and B.O.B.

We face pirates sans ‘Home Alone,’ and rescue planet Earth from a runaway sta
Becky B
Kyler Centaurus is fed up with being the only science-minded one in his family of jocks. None of them appreciates or understands him. He really wants to go to the Fasti Sun Festival and see the artifically created sun his scientist superhero has created. And when he refuses to leave the family spaceship after returning from Grandma's he accidentally runs away. In his sleep. He awakes to find himself on the way to the Fasti Sun Festival. And he couldn't be happier.
Fig is a Wanderer, a descendant
I received an ARC of this title from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Kyler would like four things: his brothers to stop picking on him, his parents to actually listen to him for once, for people to stop getting his name wrong, and to go to the Fasti Sun Festival. Well, when he accidentally steals his parents' spaceship (yes, accidentally; it was much easier than it should have been...), he's determined to get that last one.

Orphan and homeless Figerella (call her 'Fig') is a fantastic
The Keepers of the Books
Jul 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: science-fiction
Kyler doesn’t fit in with his family. His parents value the sports and activities his older twin brothers engage in, they turn their backs when his brothers bully him, and the don’t seem to see the value of Kyler reading. When Kyler accidentally steals his family ship and heads to Fasti, he encounters some pirates trying to steal his ship. Rescued by Fig, a mutant wanderer girl, he discovers that the pirates also stole a star injected with dark matter. That they were hired by the manufacturer hi ...more
Nannette Demmler
Jun 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a fun romp through space. It was also a story about finding your place in the universe. It was action packed and certainly will keep young readers entertained and coming back for more.

Both Kyler and Fig were ver likable kids. Kyler feels left out of his family, because none of his siblings share his interest in science. His parents don’t seem to understand him either, and often interpret his wanting to spend time alone puzzling. Why can’t he just get along with his brothers. Fig on the
Kate Waggoner
Jul 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-read
Blastaway by Melissa Landers is a fun new middle grades science fiction adventure book. Ky accidentally steals his family's space ship, while sleeping, after an argument with his family. When he wakes and realizes what has happened he decides to go and see the unveiling on an artificial sun (something he'd asked his parents to do, but they said no). There he meets Fig who is a Wanderer (or mutant, someone who descends from those who left Earth to live in space), an orphan, and a sharpshooter. Su ...more
Dec 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: collection
This book was received as an ARC from Disney Book Group in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.

This book as I was reading it reminded me a lot of Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy but the youthful version. Also if Hitchhiker's and Wall-E had a child, it would be this book. Everything from Kyler's interest in the Fasti Sun Festival and his family's lack of interest in space, to meeting Fig and her path to get back to earth and the adv
Kim McGee
Jul 09, 2019 rated it liked it
Kyler is misunderstood because he is a science geek in a family of sports-obsessed brothers who love all things rough and tumble. He really wants to attend the Fasti Sun Festival but his family could care less and they don't agree with the festival founder's politics so he "borrows" the family space cruiser and takes an adventure of a lifetime. Meanwhile, Fig is an orphan who will take on any star blasting job she can get just to survive. When she agrees to blow up this particular asteroid and m ...more
Jameyanne Fuller
Feb 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was a delightful book. I am always down for fun space adventures with evil corporations and space pirates and kids finding friendship where they least expect it. I love Ky and Fig so much. there were only two things that let me down a bit with this book. First, I wanted a heart-to-heart between Ky and his parents about the reasons he ran away. We get a reference to his parents realizing the problem on the phone call, and in the ending it seems like that heart-to-heart happened, but I wanted ...more
This took me quite awhile to get into, which is a shame, as I loved Starflight by this author. I think I had a hard time because it is a middle grade novel, which is something I have a hard time with anyway (I mean, all these kids can do AMAZING things which defy all reason and as an adult, I have a hard time believing it can happen). I think this book would have been stronger without the Harry Potter references (seriously, it seemed like she was trying to give her book some cred by referencing ...more
Jul 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
This book was so much fun.
I feel like sci-fi books set in space can have basically the same kind of plot line, but this one was unique.
I thought the friendship between Kyler and Fig was perfect. It was so innocent and fun to read. And that made it so much worse that we knew Fig was working for the bad guys the whole time (not a spoiler, we know this from the beginning). I think my favorite character was Cabe. I feel like the robots in sci-fi books are always the best characters!
The ending was g
Daria Pipkin
Sep 02, 2022 rated it it was amazing
I'm so glad I found this book! It had me grinning almost the whole time. I love Melissa Landers' YA sci-fi and am excited to see she has mastered middle grade voice and humor as well. This is absolutely perfect for the age group of all genders! Pure entertainment!
(Reviewed by an adult lover of middle grade books)
Mariah Smitala
Blastaway is a blast from the future, where space travel is as simple as plane travel, so the world certainly draws you into the action.
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Jun 16, 2020 marked it as did-not-finish
written for young middle schoolers, which I didn't catch before starting it :) It doesn't seem bad or anything, it just gave me vicarious middle school rage and I don't need any more than what I've lived. DNF ...more
Angela Sandoval
Jun 23, 2022 rated it really liked it
A really fun sci-fi adventure! Some of the antics were hilarious. Even though they had very different back stories, the two main characters were both relatable, and the dynamics of their relationship believable. I think this one could be enjoyed even by someone not particularly into sci-fi.
Kim Bahr
Mar 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Received this book as an ARC from NCTE. A student read it and gave it a 5/5. Said it was a cool, funny, sci-fi story with a good ending. I agree!
Katie Spina
Aug 18, 2019 marked it as gave-up
I got about 25% of the way into this book and the correlation between the Wanderers and Black people in America was too obvious. Would be interested in an own voices perspective.
Autumn Lord
Nov 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Really good! I don't read a lot of J Fic but I actually really liked it! I don't know if anyone else noticed the author mentioned her own book, Starflight, in this book. haha. ...more
Jan 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing
We loved this book. We chose it as our nightly read aloud and my kids kept begging for one more chapter! The adventures of Kyler and Fig had us in fits of laughter and on the edge of our seats!!
Mar 03, 2021 rated it really liked it
Fun and heartfelt adventure story. Loved the ending!
May 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing
It's everything I love in a space adventure book: roadtrips, space, robots, giant bugs, escaping cultists, and overcoming childhood trauma. ...more
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Melissa Landers writes science fiction for teens and the young at heart. The Alienated trilogy (ALIENATED, INVADED, UNITED) and the Starflight duology (STARFLIGHT, STARFALL) are complete! Look for Melissa's middle grade debut BLASTAWAY, now available from Disney-Hyperion.

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