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Defy the Worlds
Contributor(s): Gray, Claudia
ISBN: 0316394106     ISBN-13: 9780316394109
Publisher: Little Brown & Co
    OUR PRICE: $16.19  
Product Type: Hardcover
Published: April 2018
Annotation: Abel, an advanced cyborg, goes to a hidden planet to rescue teenaged soldier Noemi, but they find themselves fighting against Abel's deranged creator who is plotting to destroy Noemi's world by using service robots to release a plague.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Soldiers; Fiction.
Robots; Fiction.
Plague; Fiction.
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: 2017034001
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 7-9, Age 12-14
Series: Defy the Stars
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 8.50" H x 6.00" W x 1.50" (1.25 lbs) 467 pages
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Contributor Bio(s):
Claudia Gray is the New York Times bestselling author of many science fiction and paranormal fantasy books for young adults, including Defy the Stars, Defy the Worlds, the Firebird series, the Evernight series, the Spellcaster series, and Fateful. She's also had a chance to work in a galaxy far, far away as the author of the Star Wars novels Lost Stars, Bloodline, and Leia, Princess of Alderaan. Born a fangirl, she loves obsessing over geeky movies and TV shows, as well as reading and occasionally writing fanfiction; however, she periodically leaves the house to go kayaking, do a little hiking, or travel the world. She will take your Jane Austen trivia challenge any day, anytime. Currently she lives in New Orleans.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2018 February)

Gr 9 Up—In this sequel to Defy the Stars, Noemi Vidal is finally back in her starfighter after being disciplined for disappearing six months ago amid a space battle. During that battle, Noemi discovered a derelict starship with a uniquely human mech, Abel. She and Abel fled the fight to develop an audacious and dangerous plan to save her planet Genesis from Earth's persistent invasions. But it didn't work out. Now, on duty at the interstellar gate, hundreds of strange star-shaped probes burst out, overwhelming Noemi's small squadron. Days later, people all around her are sick, and Noemi realizes that the probes have infected the planet with a virulent disease. Sent to Earth with a message of surrender, Noemi is captured by the brilliant mech inventor, Burton Mansfield, the man who built Abel and who now wants to move his consciousness into Abel's body—killing Abel's mind in the process. Abel is aware of Burton's intent, but can he rescue Noemi and help her save the pandemic-ridden Genesis before Earth and Burton's plans kill them all? The taut writing, engaging characters, unique universe, abundant plot twists, and a cliff-hanger finale in this sequel will keep readers on the edge of their seats and wanting more. The story has added depth through its pondering of intriguing questions of humanity, identity, and freedom. VERDICT This is a must-read for fans of the first title, but it can also be a standalone for space opera buffs, as the backstory is cleverly woven into the narrative.—Gretchen Crowley, formerly at Alexandria City Public Libraries, VA

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