Starflight by Melissa Landers
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Solara Brooks was forced to leave the orphanage when she received her felon tattoos and her only plan was to indenture herself to someone in order to earn passage to the outer realm. After several failed attempts, she reluctantly attaches herself to Doran Spaulding, a boy from her school who flaunted his wealth and had made her life unbearable. When Doran tries to renege on his contract, Solara’s only chance of survival is to kidnap Doran to have access to his money. Through a weird twist of fate, they end up on a ship full of felons and Doran discovers that Earth is also looking for him. Not as a kidnap victim, but as part of a conspiracy with his father. Can Solara and Doran make it out without being caught? What secrets may be uncovered as Doran tries to discover why he is being framed?
Starflight is the first book in a new series by the same title. This space adventure has everything a reader would expect to find with the entire storyline seamlessly flowing from stage to stage. Landers’ world building is so effortless that readers will easily fall into the lives of Doran and Solara without feeling as if they are on an alien ship (which they are). Although this is a first book in a series, readers will have the satisfaction of a clean ending with a firm foundation for additional books to follow.
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