Defy the Worlds (Defy the Stars Series #2)

Defy the Worlds (Defy the Stars Series #2)

by Claudia Gray


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This is the thrilling and romantic sequel to Defy the Stars from the New York Times bestselling author of Star Wars: Lost Stars and Bloodline.

An outcast from her home — Shunned after a trip through the galaxy with Abel, the most advanced cybernetic man ever created, Noemi Vidal dreams of traveling through the stars one more time. And when a deadly plague arrives on Genesis, Noemi gets her chance. As the only soldier to have ever left the planet, it will be up to her to save its people...if only she wasn't flying straight into a trap.

A fugitive from his fate — On the run to avoid his depraved creator's clutches, Abel believes he's said good-bye to Noemi for the last time. After all, the entire universe stands between them...or so he thinks. When word reaches him of Noemi's capture by the very person he's trying to escape, Abel knows he must go to her, no matter the cost.

But capturing Noemi was only part of Burton Mansfield's master plan. In a race against time, Abel and Noemi will come together once more to discover a secret that could save the known worlds, or destroy them all.

In this thrilling and romantic sequel to Defy the Stars, bestselling author Claudia Gray asks us all to consider where—and with whom—we truly belong.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316394079
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication date: 03/05/2019
Series: Claudia Gray's Defy the Stars Series , #2
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 496
Sales rank: 226,699
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.50(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

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.

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Defy the Worlds 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was hard to put this book down. The characters are so good I need book 3!
Annemieke Oosterling More than 1 year ago
I read Defy the Worlds fairly close to the first book, Defy the Stars, and I think that was a good decision. This way it was easier to remember the differing planets. I am a little conflicted on this book. There isn’t anything that I particularly disliked and I can pinpoint exactly what I do like but I am still left with a small feeling of being dissatisfied. The book starts us off about six months after the ending of Defy the Stars. Abel is trying to continue on with life as a vagabond with his ship now called Persephone while Noemi is struggling to settle back into her life at Genesis as her fellow cadets shun her. Then Genesis is under attack and hit by a modified version of Cobweb. Noemi is send out to Earth to surrender and heads straight into a trap. This is the start of a chase for Abel to get Noemi back to safety. The start of this book is rather on the slow slide. Abel going after Noemi and Noemi in captivity show a lot of inner monologue and leave room for little action on both accounts. It isn’t until Abel catches up with the group that some speed starts to hit the story, well around the 50% mark, and I found it hard to put the book down. There is more interaction between characters coming into the series at this point that matter. There is also quite a bit more action that comes into the plot, a plot that has then moved beyond just Noemi and Abel. I wasn’t sure where the title Defy the Worlds was coming in at first but it started showing in the second half of the book where a rebellion is mounting towards Earth by more than just Remedy and Genesis. I did think getting everyone aboard with the plan was a little too easy and some things perhaps weren’t thought that well through. But they were little bits. Romance wise I was quite pleased with this book. It builds on from the first book where Abel basically confessed his love for Noemi who at that point did not feel the same way. But as time has passed and they miss each other, and then find each other once more there are clearly more feelings there coming from Noemi too. This isn’t jumped into the I love you too but more of the I am open to this. And yes there are some smooches. I feel that it was very in line with how things were developed in the first book and it didn’t take away from the overall story line. Their reunion doesn’t entirely go without a hitch either as there are a few things they disagree with one another with, even morality wise. But they talk these things out and it doesn’t get away of what they have to do. No big drama. Such a breath of fresh air in that regard. I think what bothers me about this book is that I had the expectation that this was going to be a duology. But as we hit the last 30% of the book it was clear that there was still too much to wrap up for this to be the end. There is going to be at least one more book. That cliffhanger confirmed it. And speaking of that cliffhanger, I think I am also hesitant about the direction this cliffhanger is taking us. It didn’t entirely feel as Abel and I’m not sure how to feel about that. Special mention to Virginia who is a beam of light that shines throughout these books. Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for the review copy in exchange for an honest review.
taramichelle More than 1 year ago
Rating: 3.5 stars Defy the Stars is one of my favorite YA science fiction novels. Needless to say, Defy the Worlds was one of my most anticipated 2018 reads. However, this meant that my expectations were a bit high going in. While Defy the Worlds was still a solid book, it lacked some of the spark, adventure, and heart that made me fall in love with Defy the Stars. One note – this series is now a trilogy, not a duology like I originally thought. Naomi and Abel were still absolutely adorable together. I love their dynamic because it feels so realistic. If Defy the Stars was more Abel’s story about finding his place in the universe, then Defy the Worlds was Naomi’s story. Gray handled her character development beautifully. Also, I loved how self-aware Abel was in this book. There were some moments that definitely made me chuckle. Plus I love how Gray uses their relationship as a lens with which to explore some deeper themes. However, part of the reason why I didn’t enjoy Defy the Worlds as much is because Naomi and Abel were apart for most of the novel. I love their dynamic and so I found myself less interested in parts where they were separated. In terms of plot, Defy the Worlds wasn’t quite the fun, adventure-filled ride that the first book was. Instead, this one delves deeper into the political situation. Gray brings up a lot of moral dilemmas and ethical questions for the reader to contemplate. I loved that she didn’t force an opinion on the reader, instead she just presented both sides of the issue. The dual POV is really an asset in that aspect. However, as both character’s story arcs were established, the plot moved rather slowly due to the dual POV. The last third of the book more than makes up for the trek to get there though! Defy the Worlds was a very solid installment in this series but I think it suffered a bit from second book syndrome. However, it sets everything up for what could be an absolutely stellar series ending. I would recommend this series if you’re looking for good YA science fiction that will make you think. *Disclaimer: I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Valerian70 More than 1 year ago
I found this to be so much better than it's prequel Defy The Stars and my relief at this was immense as I had been waiting for this one since reading the initial chapters. I did start off apprehensive as it all rather fizzled out at the end of the first book and I could not see how the tale of Abel and Noemi could be resurrected in a way which would hold my interest. Fortunately the sub-plots in this book do not detract from the main storyline and the whole meshes together a lot better with one feeding into the other so you do keep turning the pages to find out exactly what has happened. The science fiction is much sounder in basis this time and does not feel quite as much as though it is borrowing from other authors as the previous book did. It now feels more like a fully realised universe rather than disparate sections and, on reflection of the context of the story, this may well have been intentional. Abel and Noemi haven't changed too much and despite the strong romantic themes within the book they do not feel overwhelming and seem to compliment the tale rather than overwhelm it. The sense of peril is well defined and builds to nice little crescendos of action several times throughout the book which feel wholly appropriate. The corruption of power seems to be a strong theme within these pages and it is well executed and at no point slips in to parody or sermonising which I have found to be a common failure of similar treatments of this topic. This was a good read, with strong characterisations and a free flowing plot that does keep you gripped. The ending was a little weak and doesn't entirely set you up for aching for the next installment to come out but I will still be eagerly waiting for it. I RECEIVED A FREE COPY OF THIS BOOK FROM READERS FIRST IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW.