Welcome to this month's Science in Fiction feature! Science in Fiction is a meme I created to showcase the wonderful aspects of science in Young Adult fiction novels. For more information and previous feature, check out the "Science in Fiction" tag!
This month, I'm featuring Starflight by Melissa Landers!
I LOVED Starflight. Landers' Alienated and Invaded were great, but this new book was even better. It's book one of a completely new series, set in big open Space. Solara is trying to get to the outer realm, where she is free to work as a mechanic. Doran is trying to get to a mysterious location Planet X to investigate something for his father. Their paths collide, and soon they find themselves running for their lives.
This is one of my favorite books of the year! In my review, I mentioned that this book reminded me of Star Wars. So, naturally, being the Star Wars fan that I am, and given the timing, I am going to dedicate this month's Science in Fiction post to all things Star Wars!
First, the similarities:
- Solara and Doran are in a spaceship full of criminals (including themselves!): Han, Luke, Princess Leia, and Chewbacca were running for their lives too, remember? Han always owed someone money.
- There is a scary boss/gang leader who is super greedy: in this book, it's a pirate lord type who wants Solara to work for him. In Star Wars, it's Jabba the Hut.
- There is a princess and a man who will guard her with his life: no, Solara isn't the princess. But there is a hidden princess in Starflight, just like Leia is in Star Wars!
- There is a cocky male - several, actually: Doran is kind of like Han? Their both cocky and self-assured. But Han is more rugged and street-smart, whereas Doran is rich and spoiled. Kane is more of a Han.
- The crew becomes close friends, despite everything starting from a job: Doran and Solara needed passage - and fast. So the Banshee crew (Captain, Renny, Kane, Cassia) agree to take them, for a ridiculous amount of money. The Banshee is a lot like the Millennium Falcon, in which it's beat-up and well-used, but loyal and sturdy.
- The adventure is fun and kickbutt: you're in for a ride, either way. Star Wars has always been one of my favorite movie franchises, for so many reasons. Starflight has an adventure of its own!
I loved Starflight, and I LOVE Star Wars. The original trilogy is much better than the newer trilogy, but I love both. Check out the movies: