*I received a free copy of Starflight from Tantor Media via Tantor Media. This has in no way influenced my voluntary review, which is honest and unbiased *Starflight by Melissa Landers
Narrator: Amanda Dolan
Series: Starflight #1
Published by Tantor Media on 2 February 2016
Genres: Fantasy, Romance, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Length: 9h 44m
Source: Tantor Media
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...
Starflight was a fast-paced and action filled space adventure with great characters and a fantastic storyline!
Starflight was such an exciting, fast-paced space adventure I’m kicking myself for not listening to it sooner! The characters were all complex, and the overall storyline amazing. Fights, more than one climax, plus all the feels – I just fell completely for this one. The complexity of the storyline and the well fleshed out characters were the main reason I loved the story. I was amazed at how one of the characters started out as an antagonist – whom I detested! – and then, little by little, the character changed and became one of the protagonists and I cheered them on.
The action is what kept me wanting more and more and more, though, and it was so well down, because there was never a lull, something new was always happening, while still going after the one story line that was there at the very beginning. On top of the romance and the action, there was also loyalty and friendships, and the sense of family none of the characters had ever felt before. And the humor got me chuckling more than once, sometimes so hard I had to go back and listen to something again, since my laughter had drowned out the narration.
Starflight was my first listen by Dolan, and I have to say she did an excellent job at keeping me hooked, her voices for the various characters, as well as her accent for the Pirate captain. I can’t wait to start listening to the next book in the series, as I am sure there will be many more adventures for this mismatched band of friends to have.
She had no idea what the future would hold for any of them, beyond possibilities as infinite as the stars. And really, that was enough.
Doran set it in front of her with a grin that made her want to slap him so hard his grandkids would feel it.
At one point, Doran took a blow to the head so hard he saw the future.
And he wasn’t in it.