Book Review: Defy the Worlds by Claudia Gray

No pretty picture for this review as well…I couldn’t take one. And one of the points I’m making with this fresh start is I’m not gonna avoid writing a proper review as I don’t have one.

Anyway, I should probably start off this review by saying I received a physical copy of this book through Readers First in return for an honest review. I was super excited to get a copy of this book, even if I couldn’t start it right away!

Defy The Worlds is the second book in the Constellation trilogy by Claudia Gray. The series focuses on Noemi, a soldier from a war-torn planet and Abel, a mech with a human soul that she rescued by accident. This book starts off six months after the end of the first. The people of Genesis have started to grow sick after Cobweb has hit their planet whilst on the other side of the galaxy, Abel is looking into what Mansfield is researching as he and his daughter start to offer organic mechs.

Just like the first book, this one was a wild ride. Though there is romance there it isn’t the main focus by far. There is a lot of action and many philosophical questions are asked throughout. Mostly focused on whether war and technology but it certainly makes you think. Without giving away any spoilers, there are also some questions on whether it’s possible to bring the dead back which leads to an incredibly creepy character. One whom you wouldn’t expect.

Speaking of characters this book brought you more of characters like Virginia, Harriet and Zayan. Though they weren’t in it as much as I’d have liked, they do make things more interesting. I love seeing how friendship dynamics are built up in different series and these guys do it well.

The world building in this series is also pretty damn good. I do find it a little odd that we don’t get much about natural life from these planets but you get a glimpse through the introduction of Haven. Other than that though it’s believable, good sci-fi and that’s what makes Claudia’s sci-fi novels so good.

My only problem was that I struggled to focus a little. I don’t know if it’s because I struggled to remember what happened in the first book at first or if it’s just because my mental state has been a little funny recently. It didn’t stop me from enjoying the book, it just meant that I wasn’t able to speed through this one in the way I did the first book.

Overall I really enjoyed this book and look forward to more!

4/5 Stars

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