Defy the Fates (Constellation, #3)
Hunted and desperate.Abel only has one mission left that matters: save the life of Noemi Vidal. To do that, he not only has to escape the Genesis authorities, he also must face the one person in the galaxy who still has the means to destroy him. Burton Mansfield's consciousness lives on, desperate for a home, and Abel's own body is his last bargaining chip. Alone in the universe.Brought back from the brink of death, Noemi Vidal finds Abel has not only saved her life, but he's made her into something else, something more. Not quite mech, yet not quite human any longer, Noemi must find her place in a universe where she is utterly unique, all while trying to create a world where anyone--even a mech--can be free.The final battle between Earth and the colony planets is here, and there's no lengths to which Earth won't go to preserve its domination over all humanity. But together, the universe's most advanced mech and its first human-mech hybrid might have the power to change the galaxy for good.

Defy the Fates (Constellation, #3) Details

TitleDefy the Fates (Constellation, #3)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseApr 2nd, 2019
PublisherLittle, Brown Books For Young Readers
ISBN-139780316440752
Rating
GenreScience Fiction, Young Adult, Romance, Fantasy

Defy the Fates (Constellation, #3) Review

  • Cindy ✩☽ Savage Queen ♔
    January 1, 1970
    8/29/18Forever disliking the re-designed cover themes, but it's I'll just read it on my Kindle like for the second book lol ---8/4/18Coming back to find that this now has a title, synopsis and release date is honestly such a great surprise =D---I need more info on this now!
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  • ♠️ Tabi ♠️
    January 1, 1970
    I thought was just a duology BUT THERE'S MORE????
  • Adah Udechukwu
    January 1, 1970
    Defy the Fates was perfect, perfect, perfect.
  • Andi
    January 1, 1970
    My local Barnes and Noble placed this out on the shelves early - nice.Now that the series is over, I feel kind of let down that the third book of the trilogy wasn't as engaging or enjoyable as the first two. I kind of suspected something (like being a tad left down) when I saw that it was thinner than the last two books. :/ (I like my prose, especially this book with its take on humanity and the future.)What I didn't like would probably be a better way to frame this review.- How easily everythin My local Barnes and Noble placed this out on the shelves early - nice.Now that the series is over, I feel kind of let down that the third book of the trilogy wasn't as engaging or enjoyable as the first two. I kind of suspected something (like being a tad left down) when I saw that it was thinner than the last two books. :/ (I like my prose, especially this book with its take on humanity and the future.)What I didn't like would probably be a better way to frame this review.- How easily everything gets wrapped up- How lame Mansfield was in this one - The lack of love/emotion (not like I was looking for sex, but you know, it would have been nice to have Abel explore more about love and or his feelings for Noemi instead of just statements and kisses)While I enjoyed the series on a whole, and I understand it is YA (and that Claudia Gray is really one of the best SciFi writers for YA's out there), I still think it wasn't as strong as the other two books in the series. Maybe there will be a return to the world in the future? Maybe there won't be. All I know is that it's over and now I have to find another series that features a robot coming to terms with humanity and falling in love.
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  • Sara (A Gingerly Review)
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 starsI loved being back in this world but so sad that it is over! FRTC
  • Jacqueline
    January 1, 1970
    Post Reading This is a hard one to rate because I loved everything except for the last three chapters. The last three chapters are important. Prereading When you want a book so badly you keep coming back to check the release date as if it will somehow change if you keep looking at it. Hint: it doesn't.
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  • Bookphenomena (Micky)
    January 1, 1970
    I'm so very needy for this one. I want it come to an exciting, soaring end.
  • Shelley
    January 1, 1970
    *Source* Library*Genre* Young Adult, Science Fiction*Rating* 3.5*Thoughts*Defy The Fates is the third and final installment in author Claudia Gray's Constellation Trilogy. The story picks up right where Defy The World ended with a shocking cliffhanger. Now, the author has a choice: Does she make readers believe that everything is going to be fine, or does she twist the story so radically that it will fundamentally change the lives of both main Abel, the galaxy's most advance artificial cyberneti *Source* Library*Genre* Young Adult, Science Fiction*Rating* 3.5*Thoughts*Defy The Fates is the third and final installment in author Claudia Gray's Constellation Trilogy. The story picks up right where Defy The World ended with a shocking cliffhanger. Now, the author has a choice: Does she make readers believe that everything is going to be fine, or does she twist the story so radically that it will fundamentally change the lives of both main Abel, the galaxy's most advance artificial cybernetic intelligence mech and Noemi Vidal, a solider of Genesis who has put her life on the line time and time again in order to save her planet from being crushed by Earth?*Full Review @ Gizmos Reviews*https://gizmosreviews.blogspot.com/20...
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  • Cait Jacobs (Caitsbooks)
    January 1, 1970
    Quick Stats:Overall: 4/5 StarsCharacters: 4/5Setting: 5/5Writing: 4/5Plot and Themes: 4/5Awesomeness Factor: 3/5Review in a Nutshell: Defy the Fates is an action-packed ending with all of the humor, romance, and philosophizing that the first two books made me fall in love with.“The opposite of Faith isn’t doubt. The opposite of Faith is certainty.”// Content Warning: Violence, Death, Assault, Gun Violence, Suicide Mention, War Themes, Murder, Illness, Kidnapping/Abduction //- Premise -Defy The F Quick Stats:Overall: 4/5 StarsCharacters: 4/5Setting: 5/5Writing: 4/5Plot and Themes: 4/5Awesomeness Factor: 3/5Review in a Nutshell: Defy the Fates is an action-packed ending with all of the humor, romance, and philosophizing that the first two books made me fall in love with.“The opposite of Faith isn’t doubt. The opposite of Faith is certainty.”// Content Warning: Violence, Death, Assault, Gun Violence, Suicide Mention, War Themes, Murder, Illness, Kidnapping/Abduction //- Premise -Defy The Fates takes place after the torturous ending of Defy the Worlds. I can't go into too much detail without spoiling the ending of that book, but really, if you read Defy the Worlds, then you probably don't care about the plot and just need to see how it ends, like me.- Writing & Setting- Claudia Gray’s writing style is always one I enjoy. A perfect balance of humor, romance, and depth. While this book doesn’t seem to grapple with as hard themes as the first two, it still tackles some great questions in between the action. Being the last book in the series, there also isn’t much new in the setting aspect, but that said, it’s still a fun and interesting world that I was so happy to jump back into.- Plot -This book flies by. The pace is really fast, with constant action and adventure. There were a few conflicts that I thought would be a little more drawn out, but instead, they breezed by. While it makes for a quick read, it does take away a little bit from the emotional side of the book. There was less tension when most conflicts got resolved a couple of chapters after they were introduced, and I found myself forgetting some of the plot points because they went by so quick.- Characters - I think I’ve made it very clear in my previous reviews that I absolutely adore these characters. This book is no exception. I love them so much. Abel and Noemi’s character development over this series never fails to amaze me, and I just loved that I got to spend three books with these fun and complex characters. My only complaint is that, due to the fast pace, I feel like we didn’t spend enough time with them, and really get into their minds and feelings like we did in previous books. Maybe it was just me, and I was in a bit of a reading slump, but I felt a little detached from these characters that I love so much. - Conclusion -Pros- The characters are as amazing as always, fast-paced, great ending Cons- A little too fast, some of the emotional punches didn’t seem to land with me, but that could just be me Overall- 4/5 stars. Defy the Fates perfectly wraps up the story I fell in love with. While it wasn’t as memorable as the first, it was still a great read.Follow Me Here: Blog ||Tumblr || Bookstagram || Twitter|| Reviews
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  • Vedha K
    January 1, 1970
    A nail biting ending of an incredible trilogy. Defy the Fates has stood up to its story, name and imagination it brings forwards. The shock with which we ended up in the previous part is retained for few chapters where we do not know how things will turn out to be. I gotta say that Abel surpasses every single criteria for a human, a hero. He is loving, determined, invincible to an extent, kind, emotional and even funny. He is everything a person could hope for put together in a wonderful package A nail biting ending of an incredible trilogy. Defy the Fates has stood up to its story, name and imagination it brings forwards. The shock with which we ended up in the previous part is retained for few chapters where we do not know how things will turn out to be. I gotta say that Abel surpasses every single criteria for a human, a hero. He is loving, determined, invincible to an extent, kind, emotional and even funny. He is everything a person could hope for put together in a wonderful package. His determination in saving Noemi and his love for her is pure and warms us. At the same time he does not leaves anybody who needed help in danger- his friends, Vagabond fleets and the selfish planets even. He really steals everybody's heart whenever he realizes his feelings for Noemi and sorry for what his creator had become and could have been.Noemi on the other hand survives and her step back to life again with lots of consequences that was not possible before. No matter what she became and where she comes from she is still the same- A loyal soldier, ardent friend and lover who never leaves anyone behind and a determined savior and a longing wanderer. The conversation between Abel and Noemi tells us all about how they have evolved as something more than a mech and human. The other characters also endears us like Virginia who wish never to get on her wrong side, wary of Shearer and her craziness, angry at the council of Genesis. And God, we finally get to see the craziest Burton Mansfield. More than these Defy the Fates stands best for moments- when Noemi and Abel kiss for the first time, when Noemi comes back and tries to understand herself, Abel willing to sacrifice for Noemi, entry and departure from the Damocles, Abel's change with Robin and as a tether and finally the consciousness fight itself.Everything comes to a climax when beliefs are tested and changes are welcome by all the planets and people paving way for more miracles.
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  • Melissa **Just Really Loves Musicals**
    January 1, 1970
    I'm so disappointed I didn't love this more. As a huge fan of the first two books, this one fell flat. I still love the characters and the romance, but Noemi and Abel spent a lot of the time in this book either bickering, misunderstanding each other or apart. The pacing was slower and some of the things going on was a bit rushed and confusing. I just couldn't fall back into this world as I had done in the past. It was a satisfying ending to an amazing trilogy that I really do love, but it just w I'm so disappointed I didn't love this more. As a huge fan of the first two books, this one fell flat. I still love the characters and the romance, but Noemi and Abel spent a lot of the time in this book either bickering, misunderstanding each other or apart. The pacing was slower and some of the things going on was a bit rushed and confusing. I just couldn't fall back into this world as I had done in the past. It was a satisfying ending to an amazing trilogy that I really do love, but it just wasn't as good as the first two.
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  • Laura Harrison
    January 1, 1970
    I read this in ONE DAY. And I suffered through the worst traffic to get it the day it was released. I LOVE THIS SERIES!!!!!
  • Venus
    January 1, 1970
    I'm not ready . . . but I am at the same time!Defy the Stars and Defy the Worlds had me hooked, then they tore me apart, built me up, tore me apart AGAIN, built me up AGAIN, and then both of their endings tore me to SHREDS.I loved it. I hated it. But above all I loved them both, and now I'm both dying for and slightly dreading this one, because it is literally everything going against them (more-or-less), them trying to save themselves, and both about to probably go through some MAJOR changes (e I'm not ready . . . but I am at the same time!Defy the Stars and Defy the Worlds had me hooked, then they tore me apart, built me up, tore me apart AGAIN, built me up AGAIN, and then both of their endings tore me to SHREDS.I loved it. I hated it. But above all I loved them both, and now I'm both dying for and slightly dreading this one, because it is literally everything going against them (more-or-less), them trying to save themselves, and both about to probably go through some MAJOR changes (especially Noemi and I HOPE TO LIGHT NOT ABEL).Light, I'm anxious and wanting, and every time I come back I'm secretly hoping the release date has hopped forward, even though I know better because it won't. I just . . . just . . . UGH.I'm just hoping time goes by quickly and, even when it does, that along with the impending end of the series that we get fluffiness from Abel and Noemi. I loved that so much, and I'm hoping so much for more. Please, just . . . Abel and Noemi moments. I need them. Most of, if not all of us, do. I think. I don't know.
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  • mith
    January 1, 1970
    THE COVER HAS BEEN REVEALED AND I LOVE ITANYWAY it’s almost April if we just casually overlook March and I AM SCARED AND NERVOUS FOR THIS BOOK.
  • Danielle
    January 1, 1970
    Unfortunately, Defy the Fates was the weakest of the trilogy. That's not to say it wasn't still good and enjoyable (it was), it just didn't have the same tension, character development, and worldbuilding. It was cool and all, but nothing was really new, and the conflicts were resolved too easily. I didn't feel like I was really rooting for anything, I was just waiting to get to the conclusion and see what happened. I feel like this would have worked MUCH better as a duology, strengthening the gr Unfortunately, Defy the Fates was the weakest of the trilogy. That's not to say it wasn't still good and enjoyable (it was), it just didn't have the same tension, character development, and worldbuilding. It was cool and all, but nothing was really new, and the conflicts were resolved too easily. I didn't feel like I was really rooting for anything, I was just waiting to get to the conclusion and see what happened. I feel like this would have worked MUCH better as a duology, strengthening the great book 2 and good book 3 into something amazing enough to be compared to the fabulousness that was Defy the Stars.The coolest thing about this book though was the continued delving into ethical and philosophocal questions of what is life and what is humanity. If you are born human, and raised human, but nearly die and are given mech parts, do you become a machine? I'm fully in the 'of course you remain human, you silly muppets!' camp. And then the opposite question, of whether a machine that gains thoughts, feelings, emotions, and individual behaviours is human. Again, still in the 'of course you become human, you silly muppets!' camp! Now hear me out here. The study of psychology is the study of thoughts, feelings and behaviours. We can even see that some animals have more advanced sentience, to the point where we can study their potential emotions and behaviours (not quite thoughts though, unless we suddenly learn how to speak dog). I think I've lost track of where I'm going now, but the point I was trying to make it the study of complex, rational, thoughts, feelings and behaviours are generally just applied to humans.So Abel has complex, rational, incredibly human thoughts, feelings and behaviours - but the key point that in my mind humanises him, is that they are unique to him. The other mechs have complex and rational thoughts and behaviours, but they are missing the emotional side, and they are also missing individuality. If you are unable to feel things, and reason based off your current knowledge, emotions, and experiences, then we get into grey territory. Abel, in my mind at least, fall well within black and white parameters, and I say he would classify as human.So, wow, this review has become an essay on my beliefs of what makes someone human, rather than a review about the actual book in question, so I'll leave it at this: READ THIS SERIES! And then ask yourself these questions and we can totally discuss it =)Recommend: This series is seriously the bomb, despite a bit of a limp at the finish line.Age: 14+ but aimed at teens and adults with high adult cross overWarning: Again mentions prostitution, and brings up the aforementioned philosophical questions.
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  • Raven_Blake (dreamy addictions)
    January 1, 1970
    Defy the fates is the final installment in Constellation trilogy. I’ve been looking forward to this book, since I’ve finished Defy the Worlds. Well, I actually thought I was going to love this epic finale, but sadly I was left with disappointment. I didn’t expect that this was going to be a three star read for me because I really liked the first two books in this series. There’s tons of action in this book but the plot development was average. The first 70 percent was dragged with lots of unnece Defy the fates is the final installment in Constellation trilogy. I’ve been looking forward to this book, since I’ve finished Defy the Worlds. Well, I actually thought I was going to love this epic finale, but sadly I was left with disappointment. I didn’t expect that this was going to be a three star read for me because I really liked the first two books in this series. There’s tons of action in this book but the plot development was average. The first 70 percent was dragged with lots of unnecessary action. I love Abel and Noemi relationship but sometimes their fight to be together seemed a bit over dramatic in this book.The story continues where it was left off in Defy the Worlds. After Noemi seriously gets injured in Genesis, Abel is desperate to save her. He bargains with Burton Mansfield’s daughter Gillian who wants to resurrect her father by erasing Abel forever. When Noemi wakes up, she learns that she’s not only alive she was changed into something that the world had never seen. She’s a half mech and a half human. While trying to adjust with her new re-modified body, Noemi travels across the galaxy to save Abel and save the world.I love Noemi Vidal! She’s a strong protagonist and I love her stubbornness and brave personality. I’ve been enjoying her character in this series from the start but my favorite was always Abel because I have a thing for AI’s with human emotions and soul. Abel broke one of his major directive commands to save Noemi. Although I love his character, I was kinda annoyed with his martyr spree in this book. He tries to sacrifice himself to save the world and Naomi a lot of times in this book. He was pretty much damsel in distress. I love the relationship between Abel and Noemi. I wish there was a bit more romance in this book because I was kinda fed up with the over-dramatic “starcrossed lovers kept apart by the outside sources”. As for the secondary characters, I loved Virginia Redbird, scientist of Cray. She was pretty fun, brave, and sassy character. I enjoyed her character in this book. There’s also Harriet and Zayan but honestly I didn’t care much about those two. Gillian Shearer and Burton Mansfield were seriously not great villains but they’re not too bad either. And also there’s no appearance of the famous Han Zhi, the hottest celebrity in the galaxy. Since the first book, Noemi and Virginia can’t help fangirling over his beauty. I thought we would finally get to meet him in this book, but sadly we don’t.The plot was engaging filled with lots of action but the story progresses only in the second half. The first seventy percent is mostly running from the enemies across the galaxy and repetitive rescue missions which honestly felt like unnecessary filler to me. This series was actually supposed to be a duology. When I heard that there’s going to be another book in this series, I was really excited but after finishing this book, I thought that this would’ve been great if it was written as a duology. There’s a lot of twist and turns in this book. Except for the major ones, most of them were  easy to predict. The writing was pretty good. The book was written in dual POV’s. The world building was great. It’s one of the best aspects of this series. I wish I could explore more of this world especially Planet Kismet.Overall, it was a enjoyable read but it didn’t meet my expectations. However, I’m glad that in the end everything wrapped up nicely with a happy ending. I’m definitely gonna miss ABEL and Noemi!  Anyways, I’ll look forward to the author’s next work.
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  • Lilia Visser
    January 1, 1970
    More a 4,5 ⭐.I loved the first two books of this series, but this one is definitely the best. It goes in so many directions, all of them right and well done, that you have to go with them.In a YA book I usually see the plot developing from a mile away, but in this book Claudia Gray manages to deal with possibilities in such a way that I was completely in the story. Just that is a feat in itself.Great series. I highly recommend. More a 4,5 ⭐️.I loved the first two books of this series, but this one is definitely the best. It goes in so many directions, all of them right and well done, that you have to go with them.In a YA book I usually see the plot developing from a mile away, but in this book Claudia Gray manages to deal with possibilities in such a way that I was completely in the story. Just that is a feat in itself.Great series. I highly recommend.
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  • Alyce Caswell
    January 1, 1970
    Oh my. I can't believe it's over. I'm relieved in a way, because this frantic "running around the galaxy and running into more problems" thing was a little exhausting. I really enjoyed following Abe and Noemi's adventures and I'll miss them.
  • kenzie may (hiatus, mostly)
    January 1, 1970
    i literally could not have asked for a better ending. can i please give more than five stars?
  • Jennifer
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 stars. It would have been 5 but... something big I was expecting didnt happen and WHY NOT. Ugh.
  • Danni (a.reader.at.the.gates)
    January 1, 1970
    *4.75
  • Zoma
    January 1, 1970
    **Warning: this text may contain spoilers** Wow.... just wow.... Im speechlessJust finished the book....trying to gather my thoughts.....Ok, here goesWhile nothing will match the first book, Defy the Fates comes extremely close. Ive never seen so much tension, so much desperation, so many warring factions fight to survive.Noemi's ressurection, was so detailed it made my stomach churn. Claudia Gray perfectly described what it would be like to come back to life. In our world of tv or movies, when **Warning: this text may contain spoilers** Wow.... just wow.... Im speechlessJust finished the book....trying to gather my thoughts.....Ok, here goesWhile nothing will match the first book, Defy the Fates comes extremely close. Ive never seen so much tension, so much desperation, so many warring factions fight to survive.Noemi's ressurection, was so detailed it made my stomach churn. Claudia Gray perfectly described what it would be like to come back to life. In our world of tv or movies, when someone comes back from the brink of death, they're up and ready to go in a few minutes. But reality is very different. Noemi struggled, she didnt have the most basic motor funcions. She couldnt speak, or get a thought straight. She fell off the godamn medical table trying to stand up. She had just been brought back to life in a foriegn body, not her own, and Claudia Gray SHOWED that. Forward fast a few chapters, and Abel is fighting for his life, literrally. Remedy, The Consortium, Sherear, Genesis, EVERYONE wants a piece of the galaxy's most advanced mech. Although admittedly, the first two only wanted him because of promises/threats made by the last two. Genesis threated to end the allience for the Consortium, Sherear would refuse to hand out Cobweb cures for Remedy. I was frustrated on Able's behalf, as he was pulled back and forth like a bone between rabid dogs. Of course, Sherear does succeed in the end, and Able's soul is removed from his body. This however, is where Claudia Gray surprises me. I expect the age-old tale of "i know your in there, fight it!" and "so and so is alive in there, i know it!" But thats not how things go down, and im so pleasently surprised to be proven wrong.Able's soul endures, and he becomes a sort of omniscent presence, finding various machines to survive in. Like hes traveling across an invisible plane, accessible only to machines. At one point, he mind melds with Noemi, since she is part machine now, and the level of intimacy they experience is beautiful. Among past novels ive read, the closest comparison to this level of mind melding I can think of is the mental connection Eragon and Saphira possess in the Inheritance Cycle. But whereas thier bond is platonic, Abel and Noemi's is not. Finally, Abel seizes a window of opportunity to return to his body, and you can see why the book is called Defy the Fates. He is locked in a psychic battle with Mansfield, while a physical one rages around him. Mansfield is no pushover, and almost wins, but Able prevails in the end. I do feel a little bitter about Mansfield died though, or rather how his sould faded, since his actual body was dead. I felt like there shouldve been some sort or reconciliation, but in the end, he died as he lived. A sad old man with a god complex, afraid of death, and desperate to achieve immortality.All in all, this book was amazing, and a truly perfect ending to the trilogy. While it is not as good as the first, it definitely triumphs over the second. My only regret is that thier story is over. Perhaps we will see Abel and Noemi again. I hope so. I dont usually read sci-fi novels (mainly because i have trouble envisioning the high-tech futuristic world), but Defy the Fates is definitely an exception, and i truly hope to see this world again.
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  • Abigail (AbigailsHeadspace)
    January 1, 1970
    Ummmmmmmm I have a lot of feeling
  • Annie Deo
    January 1, 1970
    Crossposted at my blog.First things first, if you haven't read Defy The Stars, you need to go treat yourself to it ASAP. I received the book in a subscription box and for some reason or other, I didn't bother to read it for a year -  I finally decided I needed to actually read the books I got in boxes otherwise what was the point of buying them, and OHMYGOD, it was life-changing. It's one of my favorite books of all time and most frequently recommended, mainly because I lament how underappreciat Crossposted at my blog.First things first, if you haven't read Defy The Stars, you need to go treat yourself to it ASAP. I received the book in a subscription box and for some reason or other, I didn't bother to read it for a year -  I finally decided I needed to actually read the books I got in boxes otherwise what was the point of buying them, and OHMYGOD, it was life-changing. It's one of my favorite books of all time and most frequently recommended, mainly because I lament how underappreciated this series is. But if you haven't come across it before, you're in luck as you can now binge-read the whole trilogy in one hit instead of angsting for months til the sequel comes out like I have!If you have read the previous books, then the main question would be - does the conclusion to the series wrap up well and do justice to our beloved characters? And my answer is a fervent whole-hearted YES.I had my concerns going in - after the devastating cliffhanger that book 2 ended on, how would Noemi and Abel relate to each other in the aftermath of his highly unorthodox and frankly outrageous solution to saving her life? I was afraid that they would be at odds over it and that manufactured conflict would keep them apart, and now I see how foolish I was because Claudia Gray has never been cliche or taken the easy route in the past, and of course she wouldn't at this late stage in the game. There was a lot of heart-ache and struggle on Noemi's part to reconcile herself to this new life as a mech-human hybrid and certainly it DID cause tension between her and Abel, but not because of his choices when it came to keeping her alive.I love that she didn't blame him for what he did to her (personally I might've had a few words about playing God), but Noemi's difficulty in adapting to her new body and Abel's uncertainty over whether she blamed him took its toll on their relationship. Normally I don't like couples fighting because so often it's over something that could be easily resolved if they just TALKED like mature adults or contrived for plot reasons, but any conflict in this series has always been from believable character-drive reasons. (like being soldiers on opposing sides of a war ;) ) And the best part about this OTP is that they prioritize the well-being of others first and foremost, so any personal issues take a back-seat when it comes to saving the day, I love how noble and heroic they are. <3 Even if it distresses me how willing they are to sacrifice themselves at the drop of a hat!Moving on from our main duo, I'm glad to see that Virginia plays a big role in this book, she's a stealth MVP and a major highlight for me! The network of supporting characters built up in the previous two books comes to fruition here with a bigger cast in play, all with competing goals and political agendas and ulterior motives. I'm a little stunned at how effortlessly all the pieces come together and little tidbits or minor character dynamics set up earlier on are paid off, though not always as expected.At times it feels a bit like 'Noemi & Abel's Great Hits' tour as they swing by all the planets and run into old friends, old foes and everyone in between, but it all makes sense in the grand scheme of things. Even if it is a bit too neat and by design at times, I appreciate how well-planned this series was from the start and that the author had such a clear goal of how to develop the characters and where their journey was taking them. Of course it wasn't that clear to the audience - this book had so many blindsides and my head felt like it was about to explode from shock a few times! On each occasion a bombshell dropped, I couldn't imagine where the story could go from there or how our heroes could possibly adjust course to face the new challenge, but the story continued seamlessly every time and I wound up marveling again at how tightly plotted this trilogy is, especially with some of the foreshadowing laying the groundwork in earlier books.I feel on the whole that this book is practically perfect and it delivered on pretty much every level that I desired. My only criticism is that it was a bit too short and so the pacing was break-neck and didn't allow time for our main pairing to just breathe in between crises. My main investment was in their relationship and it felt as though they were continually being torn apart just as they had been reunited. I would've loved for a longer epilogue to really satisfy fans of their romance, but that's me being greedy, I'm just happy that it finished on such a perfect note.Pros: amazing protagonists, fantastic romance, epic world-building, great supporting characters, well-developed plotCons: frenetic pace, not enough time for our OTPDisclaimer: Physical copy provided by Allen & Unwin free for an unbiased review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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  • Eleanor Wiggins
    January 1, 1970
    Defy the Fates is the third and final book in the Constellation Series written by Claudia GraySynopsisBrief summary of the end of Defy the Worlds: Noemi and Abel have brought an army of Vagabonds to the Genesis system, and have helped to forge an alliance that will hopefully lead to the end of the Liberty War. Earth launched an attack on Genesis and the Genesis army and the vagabonds started to fight back. Abel used his abilities as a mech to hack into the fighter mechs attacking Genesis and ren Defy the Fates is the third and final book in the Constellation Series written by Claudia GraySynopsisBrief summary of the end of Defy the Worlds: Noemi and Abel have brought an army of Vagabonds to the Genesis system, and have helped to forge an alliance that will hopefully lead to the end of the Liberty War. Earth launched an attack on Genesis and the Genesis army and the vagabonds started to fight back. Abel used his abilities as a mech to hack into the fighter mechs attacking Genesis and rendered them unable to fight, thereby basically guaranteeing Genesis’ victory against Earth. After the victory Darius Akide, arrives on the Persephone, and attempts to kidnap Abel and force him to seal the gate between Genesis and Earth; an act that will cause Abel’s destruction. Noemi arrived on the Persephone in time to see Darius Akide standing over Abel’s body, she attempts to stop him and Darius shoots her in the abdomen at point blank range. Abel becomes conscious and in a rage over Noemi’s death kills Darius. He then decides to do anything necessary to save Noemi, including taking her back to Haven and fixing her with mech parts- even though the price will probably be his soul.Summary of Defy the Fates: Abel has placed Noemi in a life support pod, in order to preserve her until he can save her life. He plans to take her to Gillian Shearer, on Haven, as she has a laboratory containing everything he needs. He is willing to barter his life to save Noemi, as the Gillian will want Abel’s body as payment for Noemi’s life. Upon awakening Noemi discovers that she is no longer completely human, but neither is she completely mech; she is something new. She also realizes that Abel has sacrificed himself for her, but she cannot sit back and let him die. The two of them have to fight for not only their lives but also for their right to be free, in this epic conclusion to the Constellation trilogy.I have been saying since my first review of this series that Claudia Gray does a great job of adding in humor to her writing. While I don’t normally put quotes in my reviews as it is hard to keep the review spoiler free, I felt like this quote gives away nothing while also highlighting the humor:“[He] once dreamed he had become a lasagna—to be specific, a lasagna with opinions about politics, frustrated about its inability to share these thoughts with a galaxy not yet ready to listen to pasta.”I laughed so loudly I scared my dogs. Apparently the sound of my joy is unfamiliar to them…This book did feel a little choppy to me while reading it. It felt like the characters were doing things just to do them, and I couldn’t see what the author intended with some of the scenes. However, it all makes sense in the end. Every scene and encounter has a purpose, and it all comes together in an epic finale.The only real complaint I have is that I wish the Epilogue was longer. I don’t need a Cassandra Claire epilogue that is 1/3 of the whole novel or a Sarah J Maas “novella” to sum up this book (I say this with great love and affection for both of these authors), but I honestly felt a little cheated of how little time we get to spend with the characters at the end of the series. After three books I have devoted a significant amount of emotional energy into these characters and I wish there was more pay off. That being said, I still love the series and this book and I would still read the whole thing over again if I had the chance.Recommended For:Teens and young adults of all ages and older, especially those looking for a great Scifi read.Contraindications/Cautions:Trigger warning for scenes of war, that might be disturbing for some readers.Side EffectsDrowning in a lake of your own tearsinsomnia caused by not being able to put the book downProbably will cause grown men to cry- my husband has yet to finish it, but he is a big softy so I’m just assuming he will.Final ThoughtsClaudia Gray has written a wonderful finale to her Constellation trilogy. It is just as compelling as the first two and wraps up the storyline in a satisfying way.This whole series would be great for a book club, as there is plenty of discussion worthy topics. I personally would love to talk to someone who has also read these books, because I have a lot of feelings, so leave a comment if you want to discuss!Check out more reviews on my blog: doctors orders.blog
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  • Stef (Noveltea Corner)
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to the publisher for a review copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.Defy the Fates is the concluding book in the Constellation series by Claudia Gray, preceded by Defy the Stars and Defy the Worlds. Set in space, some years into the future, humanity has expanded it’s reach, but at great cost. Human colonies are divided from Earth, embittered by the slow decay of the planet and those who seek to control the population through the use of artificially intelligent constru Thank you to the publisher for a review copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.Defy the Fates is the concluding book in the Constellation series by Claudia Gray, preceded by Defy the Stars and Defy the Worlds. Set in space, some years into the future, humanity has expanded it’s reach, but at great cost. Human colonies are divided from Earth, embittered by the slow decay of the planet and those who seek to control the population through the use of artificially intelligent constructions that patrol not just Earth, but space itself.The Constellation series began with our two protagonists, Noemi (a colonist living on Genesis, a planet that believes in faith over technology) and Abel (the most advanced mech ever built), whose paths crossed in a space battle. What was initially a fragile alliance built upon mutual need, has, over the course of three books, grown into a friendship and a love that questions the very understanding of the two leads. What does it mean to love a human? What does it mean to love a mech? Are the two compatible and what is the cost of staying together?While I’ll admit that Defy the Fates was not my favourite of the three books, it was still a very good read, and one that I was eagerly anticipating. I’m a big fan of everything android/cyborg/mech, if only because it does bring up really fascinating questions about humanity and what it means to be human and what it means to not be human. The first part of Defy the Fates is told entirely from Abel’s point of view, and as a mech, the way he narrates the story is so different to the way Noemi tells her side – his is very mechanical, very factual and to the point. Which, admittedly, can be jarring, but it’s very effective in conveying the fact that’s not really human.I think my favourite thread throughout the whole book is really the idea of how far will you go to save someone you love (even if you know your choice might not be what they would choose) – it’s a great morally grey area that I love to sit and think about. It causes tensions between our main characters and arguments they haven’t had before, while still forcing them to consider their own position and the reasons of the other individual for making those decisions and that’s the sort of stuff I find fascinating.As always, there’s lots of space travelling. Noemi and Abel (and friends) revisit a lot of familiar planets that we’ve visited throughout the trilogy. At times, I think I would have appreciated a map of some kind just to keep the image of where/how far/etc they’d travelled, but that’s just a personal preference.Interspersed with the travelling, there’s space battles galore, and attempts of intergalactic genocide and allies who become adversaries and vice versa.While I think this book was more focused on the relationship and romance between Noemi and Abel, there was still enough space opera to hold my attention and now that the series is concluded, I feel there’s enough of a resolution for my to say farewell to the characters I’ve come to know and love.As always, it’s a pleasure to read Claudia Gray’s work and I look forward to seeing what she comes up with next.
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  • Eiza
    January 1, 1970
    Wow~~This was such a thrilling ride. I miss this world already.My second series by Claudia Gray.Her writing always left me GASPS! all the time. It was so good.From the first book, I wanted to write a review but reconsidering it because I want to continue the whole triology.Noemi Vidal was a Genises soldier, who fought for her planet against the enemy planet, Earth. She consider her life was not worth more than for her friend Esther. But during their mission, they were stranded in an abandoned sh Wow~~This was such a thrilling ride. I miss this world already.My second series by Claudia Gray.Her writing always left me GASPS! all the time. It was so good.From the first book, I wanted to write a review but reconsidering it because I want to continue the whole triology.Noemi Vidal was a Genises soldier, who fought for her planet against the enemy planet, Earth. She consider her life was not worth more than for her friend Esther. But during their mission, they were stranded in an abandoned ship and unexpectedly encounter with a highly advanced mech, Abel. Esther however didn't survive due to the wound from the war and Noemi had to depends on Abel, who she knows was an enemy.Throughout their journey together, Abel as a mech who was not supposed to develop any emotions or thoughts somehow was able to. Noemi sees Abel to be more than just a mech, but more human.I felt Abel was like an abandoned puppy who was so confuse and just wanted to be loved.And so he did.I love how he shows affection and care to Noemi and would sacrifice so much for her.Aww~But things was not so easy for him and Noemi. Firstly, Abels creator or his Father wanted him home. Even if it means to kill off Noemi who the Father thinks was a threat to his plan towards Abel. Secondly, Abel being a mech was hardly accepted and was treated as an enemy. With all this chaos, leaving Noemi and Abel running around and saving each other back to back. I felt breathless just following their dangerous runs.Once everything seems stable for both of them, Noemi was tragically was close to death because of someone she thought was an ally. Abel who desperately wanted to save Noemi did the most unrational thing and change Noemi to be something that she was not. I was abit angry with Noemi at first for hating herself on the New her, which makes me pity Abel for his effort. But it turns out well in the end. Their love was pure, even for a human and a mech. This story makes me slightly in tears because I want more of them. An impossible could be possible..I think throughout this book, I will always remember this quote from Noemi: ''Is prostitution always your answer?'' Oh Abel..I'm going to miss them :'D
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  • Victoria
    January 1, 1970
    I'm not really sure what to think or say. The first book in this series was one of my favorite releases of 2017; I preordered it because the premise struck me as different, as fun, and I was wonderfully surprised to find out that it lived up to the hype I gave it.The second one felt rushed, undetailed and the characters outside of those we met in the first book felt like cardboard. I've heard other fans across social media suggest that perhaps Gray's contracts with Disney forced her into giving I'm not really sure what to think or say. The first book in this series was one of my favorite releases of 2017; I preordered it because the premise struck me as different, as fun, and I was wonderfully surprised to find out that it lived up to the hype I gave it.The second one felt rushed, undetailed and the characters outside of those we met in the first book felt like cardboard. I've heard other fans across social media suggest that perhaps Gray's contracts with Disney forced her into giving this series less effort than she would have liked to, but...I don't know. I like Gray, I really do, but I don't know what to think about this installment.It had its moments; what I thought would be the big finale ended up happening in the first 40 pages and though it was almost solid exposition at least it was out of the way. Then another plot issue happens, and it's not that it was out of nowhere it just...it felt like there were far too many elements at play--it's a galactic war, but you can lose that when you're caught up in the relationships of just a few characters--for a book so short. Then again, it wasn't a short book, clocking in close to the 500 mark.The pacing was incredibly varied, the writing quality inconsistent, and very little happened between Noemi and Abel to make me feel like they really truely cared about each other in the way that the first book laid out. And it's all personal opinion, but the ending felt so...perfect. Too perfect. And I LOVE happy endings, and I can't think of any other place where I ever wanted something more realistic, but even the "A Year Later" coda didn't feel entirely satisfying despite it being close to what I had hoped for for them.
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  • Katie
    January 1, 1970
    Well, that was incredibly disappointing.Last year, I went on a Claudia Gray reading binge after reading the first book in the Constellation series, Defy the Stars. While her Firebird trilogy never reached peak awesomeness for me, it was still very enjoyable, and I read all three in a row. Unfortunately, Defy the Fates also lacks any real substance, but unlike the Firebird trilogy, it also just wasn't that enjoyable.In all honesty, I don't even know what the actual plot of this book was. It seeme Well, that was incredibly disappointing.Last year, I went on a Claudia Gray reading binge after reading the first book in the Constellation series, Defy the Stars. While her Firebird trilogy never reached peak awesomeness for me, it was still very enjoyable, and I read all three in a row. Unfortunately, Defy the Fates also lacks any real substance, but unlike the Firebird trilogy, it also just wasn't that enjoyable.In all honesty, I don't even know what the actual plot of this book was. It seemed like Noemi and Abel just sort of flitted around the galaxy, avoiding (entirely too many) conflicts too easily. At the midpoint, I looked up from the book to realize that we had circled back to the VERY FIRST conflict yet again, and there had been 0 development in either plot or character.My understanding is this series was supposed to be a duology, but it ended up being stretched into a trilogy. It shows. There just really wasn't enough story for 3 books. If books 2 and 3 had been condensed into a single, streamlined volume, the series as a whole would have been much stronger.Still, I know Claudia Gray can write. Defy the Fates was a dud for me, but I've got hope that her next Star Wars book, which releases very soon, took up more of her brain space than this one did and it will be much better.
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  • Alli
    January 1, 1970
    Overall this is a wonderful resolution to a fantastic series. This installment goes pretty heavily into the "what is a soul?" question and digs into the question of what makes people human (especially when dealing with the fallout of what happened to Noemi in Defy the Worlds). Every line that is about Abel's humanity and how people react to him (especially whether or not they will grant him personhood) is just another reason Abel is one of my all-time favorite AI characters. I said in my review Overall this is a wonderful resolution to a fantastic series. This installment goes pretty heavily into the "what is a soul?" question and digs into the question of what makes people human (especially when dealing with the fallout of what happened to Noemi in Defy the Worlds). Every line that is about Abel's humanity and how people react to him (especially whether or not they will grant him personhood) is just another reason Abel is one of my all-time favorite AI characters. I said in my review of Defy the Worlds that Defy the Stars was about Abel unshackling himself, and Defy the Worlds was about seeing who he is on his own, so to round that out, Defy the Fates is about Abel taking control of his agency—embracing the full spectrum of who and what he is and finding his place to call home.AND I HAVE A LOT OF FEELINGS ABOUT THAT.I'm glad we got to see more of the politics of Genesis (and the politics of the other worlds). We never got back to the tour that is Defy the Stars, but I appreciated that this book took place across more worlds and that it dug deeper into those worlds.Noemi's journey is also great, but it is filled with spoilers, so just know that the number of feelings I have about the AI character are duplicated for Noemi.
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