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Defy the Fates PDF, ePub eBook 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 un 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.

30 review for Defy the Fates

  1. 4 out of 5

    Cindy Pham

    Although I appreciate the romance between the two main characters and the series as a whole, I felt like this book was a repeat of the conflicts we’ve already seen in the first two books, like the two characters being separated (once again) or sacrificing their lives for the other (once again). As a result, this book felt redundant and unneeded. Some of the misunderstandings were also uncharacteristic considering all they’ve been through together, and I wish there was more time spent on romance Although I appreciate the romance between the two main characters and the series as a whole, I felt like this book was a repeat of the conflicts we’ve already seen in the first two books, like the two characters being separated (once again) or sacrificing their lives for the other (once again). As a result, this book felt redundant and unneeded. Some of the misunderstandings were also uncharacteristic considering all they’ve been through together, and I wish there was more time spent on romance and tender moments instead. This definitely should have been a duology instead of a trilogy.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Cindy ✩☽ Savage Queen ♔

    8/29/18 Forever disliking the re-designed cover themes, but it's I'll just read it on my Kindle like for the second book lol --- 8/4/18 Coming 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!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Adah Udechukwu

    Defy the Fates was perfect, perfect, perfect.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Andi

    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.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Suzanne

    Satisfying conclusion to this trilogy. I actually found this one moved at a great pace and the characters really developed even more so. I really enjoyed the first two a lot but this one really focused a lot on Mansfield’s God complex (pet peeve of mine) and it got a bit obnoxious more than with the previous books. Overall, good conclusion.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Sara (A Gingerly Review)

    4.5 stars I loved being back in this world but so sad that it is over! FRTC

  7. 5 out of 5

    Mary

    That about sums up my feelings on the last two books. This should've remained a standalone. The first book was so good! And it all just bit the dust. The lack of imagery is starkly apparent in the 2nd and 3rd books. It was easy to overlook this in the first one but when the story focuses on several different planets and we barely get a glimpse at them all? OOF. The romance, which began as a cute and healthy relationship, quickly devolved into martyrdom and stupid miscommunication as the series cont That about sums up my feelings on the last two books. This should've remained a standalone. The first book was so good! And it all just bit the dust. The lack of imagery is starkly apparent in the 2nd and 3rd books. It was easy to overlook this in the first one but when the story focuses on several different planets and we barely get a glimpse at them all? OOF. The romance, which began as a cute and healthy relationship, quickly devolved into martyrdom and stupid miscommunication as the series continued. Why? None of that dragged on in the first book! Everything came to a close! I was happy with the ending. The ending to this series was saccharine, all too convenient and way too preachy. Not a fan. To top it off this was so mindnumbingly boring. I ended up skimming the last 70 pages or so when it became clear nothing was happening. We started at A went to B and C then went all the way back to A and all I could think was "holy shit why didn't you just cut out B and C and just resolve A?!" Ah, but then we wouldn't have had another book. Good old YA trilogy marketing, ammirite? I highly recommend reading the first book and then pretending its sequels don't even exist unless you're convinced you'll love them based off their blurbs. Regardless of how this series just failed harder than my math grades, its first entry was not only fulfilling enough to stand on its own but it was a ton of fun. The romance was really cute and the plot was different and interesting. Now I'm left wondering why I kept reading after that horrid sequel...

  8. 4 out of 5

    Forever Young Adult

    Graded By: Mandy C. Cover Story: Space Face(s) BFF Charms: Yay, Be Mine Swoonworthy Scale: 6 Talky Talk: Science Friction Bonus Factor: Cyborg Anti-Bonus Factor: TEABS Relationship Status: Forever Friends Read the full book report here.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jacqueline

    edit 5/26/19 I've settled on a four star rating because, while I preferred other books in the series, the series still feels worth the read to me and I enjoyed it so much overall. Happy reading! :) 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 does edit 5/26/19 I've settled on a four star rating because, while I preferred other books in the series, the series still feels worth the read to me and I enjoyed it so much overall. Happy reading! :) 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.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Bookphenomena (Micky)

    I'm so very needy for this one. I want it come to an exciting, soaring end.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Shelley

    *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...

  12. 4 out of 5

    Cait Jacobs (Caitsbooks)

    Quick Stats: Overall: 4/5 Stars Characters: 4/5 Setting: 5/5 Writing: 4/5 Plot and Themes: 4/5 Awesomeness Factor: 3/5 Review 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 Stars Characters: 4/5 Setting: 5/5 Writing: 4/5 Plot and Themes: 4/5 Awesomeness Factor: 3/5 Review 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

  13. 5 out of 5

    Clare Carter

    I'm glad I finished this trilogy out, but this was definitely my least favorite of the three books. I'm definitely disappointed because the first book in this series is a book I really loved, and I really enjoyed the second one too! I just felt like this third book was kinda repetitive and oddly paced. I just found myself not really caring as much as I did in the first two books, because I felt like the characters were just doing the same things they'd already done over again. Honestly, I think I'm glad I finished this trilogy out, but this was definitely my least favorite of the three books. I'm definitely disappointed because the first book in this series is a book I really loved, and I really enjoyed the second one too! I just felt like this third book was kinda repetitive and oddly paced. I just found myself not really caring as much as I did in the first two books, because I felt like the characters were just doing the same things they'd already done over again. Honestly, I think this story would have worked better if it had resolved at the end of the second book instead and just been a duology. This book wasn't by any means bad, but it was just kinda meh and unfortunately felt pretty unnecessary.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Scarlett

    Yay! So happy I read this series. While I didn't LOVE it the way I LOVED A Thousand Pieces of You I really REALLY liked it. I absolutely fell for these characters and this incredibly imagined world that Claudia Gray has created here. By the end of this trilogy I really feel like I know them and throughout this book I was either cheering them on or on the edge of my seat fearing what tragedy would befall them next. If I have one small complaint it's that for a lot of this book in particular, once Yay! So happy I read this series. While I didn't LOVE it the way I LOVED A Thousand Pieces of You I really REALLY liked it. I absolutely fell for these characters and this incredibly imagined world that Claudia Gray has created here. By the end of this trilogy I really feel like I know them and throughout this book I was either cheering them on or on the edge of my seat fearing what tragedy would befall them next. If I have one small complaint it's that for a lot of this book in particular, once the BIG tragedy cliffhanger from the end of Defy the Worlds was resolved, it kind of felt like they kind of ran out of meaningful plot and needed to kill some page time before the real plot picked up again towards the end. So like random bad things and problems kept happening for just no reason except action and page time. BUT it was non-stop action and I honestly can't complain too much about the wild ride. Finally the real plot did pick up again and OMG then I couldn't put it down. I really feel super satisfied with the ending but I definitely see how it could be continued with a spinoff or some novellas or something which I'd definitely read and enjoy. Definitely so glad I read this series. It was super unique with some GREAT characters that I really loved. I really like Claudia Gray's writing and I've really liked everything from her that I've read so I'll definitely be checking out even more of her books in the future.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jessica (The Psychotic Nerd)

    This and other reviews can be found on The Psychotic Nerd Short and Simple Review I have to admit that I did not like this one as much as the previous two. I still loved it, I gave it four stars, but that is one less star than the previous books. For some odd reason, I felt like I was slogging through this book and it felt like it had middle-book-syndrome, even though it's not the middle book in the series. The book starts off right away, continuing off from the cliffhanger from the last book. This and other reviews can be found on The Psychotic Nerd Short and Simple Review I have to admit that I did not like this one as much as the previous two. I still loved it, I gave it four stars, but that is one less star than the previous books. For some odd reason, I felt like I was slogging through this book and it felt like it had middle-book-syndrome, even though it's not the middle book in the series. The book starts off right away, continuing off from the cliffhanger from the last book. That part was edge-of-your-seat, I need to know what happens next, excitement, but it did not last long. That's what it felt like for a lot of the book. Every time a big moment happened it was over too quickly. I did not feel like we stayed long enough in certain moments and it made the pacing slower for me. Now, the pacing did eventually pick up closer to the end and a lot of exciting things happened near the end, but it was still quickly wrapped up (although there were some really interesting scenes). The ending was still a satisfying ending. And again, even though the pacing was off for me, I still loved this book. I love the characters and there was a lot explored in this book, expanding upon the ideas on the previous books. There is a big focus on what it means to be mech, human, or both (view spoiler)[as Noemi is now part mech part human (hide spoiler)] . The consciousness of a mech or a human, these scenes with Abel were some of the more interesting scenes in the book. There is especially a focus on morality, selflessness, and love. I still think that this book was great and all-in-all this is a fantastic sci-fi series. I hope Claudia Gray has another great sci-fi series being published because, after this series and the Firebird trilogy, I have high expectations for any sci-fi series she writes.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Vedha K

    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.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Eileen (BookCatPin)

    4.5 stars Sci-fi's not my favourite genre but the Constellation series is fantastic. It's so underrated I wish more people would read it! Defy the Fates is a death-defying conclusion befitting the imaginative adventure that started in Defy the Stars. The story is fast-paced with action after action. Every moment was full of urgency and sometimes desperation but with a hopeful undertone. The unknown was super thrilling. The pacing never faltered. I held my breath hoping things would turn out well a 4.5 stars Sci-fi's not my favourite genre but the Constellation series is fantastic. It's so underrated I wish more people would read it! Defy the Fates is a death-defying conclusion befitting the imaginative adventure that started in Defy the Stars. The story is fast-paced with action after action. Every moment was full of urgency and sometimes desperation but with a hopeful undertone. The unknown was super thrilling. The pacing never faltered. I held my breath hoping things would turn out well and just praying the characters I've come to love so much would survive. Noemi and Abel are one of the most deserving pairs I've read. Despite their own struggles, they were always trying to help others. I've said this before but I will say it again because it couldn't be truer: Noemi and Abel are such selfless beings. Uniting the unlikeliest band of misfits and outlaws they gave everything to save humanity. "There's always one core purpose in our hearts that we'll sacrifice anything for." (p. 337). I am so happy and extremely honoured to share in their journey and see it to the end with them. Claudia Gray does an amazing job describing the technical elements of the story. The cybernetics talks were advanced but never too complicated to follow and the mech technology was easy to understand. Defy the Fates raised some morality issues which I found were properly approached and appropriately debated. As is custom with this series I have to talk about the cover change. I am not a fan of the (half) faces but I do like the colour palette they chose for Defy the Fates. It's still not as stunning as the original cover of book one but I guess it'll do. The space-y vibe is there. Defy the Fates was the perfect farewell to this world-defying space adventure. The Constellation series has been a thrill ride from start to finish. The ending is beautiful but I'm still going to miss the worlds!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Melissa **Just Really Loves Musicals**

    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.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Laura Harrison

    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!!!!!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Venus

    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.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Aly

    This was a great ending to a fantastic series! I loved these books, the characters were interesting and fun and the plot was cool and had twists and new ideas that I loved. This book especially was well paced and kept me hooked. Abel has so many realizations as he becomes an actual person and not just a machine. The romance between him and Naomi was sweet and moved slowly as it should when you've never even considered the idea of loving another being. Keeping someone's consciousness stored so you This was a great ending to a fantastic series! I loved these books, the characters were interesting and fun and the plot was cool and had twists and new ideas that I loved. This book especially was well paced and kept me hooked. Abel has so many realizations as he becomes an actual person and not just a machine. The romance between him and Naomi was sweet and moved slowly as it should when you've never even considered the idea of loving another being. Keeping someone's consciousness stored so you can attempt to give them eternal life was a cool concept and I enjoyed how that plotline played out. The narrators did a fabulous job, the accents and ways of speaking, the urgency at critical moments, and the sad parts that had tears in my eyes were excellently done. Great series, highly recommend!

  22. 5 out of 5

    anna grace

    I had such high expectations but I just could not stay interested in this story so i had to DNF

  23. 4 out of 5

    mith

    THE COVER HAS BEEN REVEALED AND I LOVE IT ANYWAY it’s almost April if we just casually overlook March and I AM SCARED AND NERVOUS FOR THIS BOOK.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Alexandra

    I couldn't hope for a better ending!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Danielle

    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 over Warning: Again mentions prostitution, and brings up the aforementioned philosophical questions.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Raven_Blake (dreamy addictions)

    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.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie

    Whew, that was a whirlwind of three books in as many days. Loved the ending; it was satisfying and fun. Reading them so close together did make a few minor flaws in this book a bit more apparent, but they weren't enough to detract from the book overall. I would have almost preferred two longer books instead of a trilogy so we could cut a bit of the fat (there were so many instances of Abel and Noemi preparing to sacrifice themselves for each other that it could have been a dangerous drinking gam Whew, that was a whirlwind of three books in as many days. Loved the ending; it was satisfying and fun. Reading them so close together did make a few minor flaws in this book a bit more apparent, but they weren't enough to detract from the book overall. I would have almost preferred two longer books instead of a trilogy so we could cut a bit of the fat (there were so many instances of Abel and Noemi preparing to sacrifice themselves for each other that it could have been a dangerous drinking game). There was a moment in the middle that was the only part that didn't jibe for me--it was essential to get the characters in the places they needed to be for the remaining action to unfold, but out of everything it FELT like author maneuvering compared to being a logical thing the characters would have done (or perhaps I am just feeling especially aware of this right now so soon after the ending of GAME OF THRONES. YMMV. #ImNotBitter). But overall Gray does relationships so right. The characters get to know one another and fall for their personalities, not their bodies. There's enough squee stuff but it's not all "his hot eyes raked over my trembling body" that sounds great but loses meaning after a while. These characters had some moral and philosophical differences that, whaddya know, they actually discussed and came to thoughtful compromises and solutions. Refreshing! Gray also just makes up some damn fun stories. First we had the multiverse in A Thousand Pieces of You, now we've got space travel and new planets and the morals of AI (parts of this book reminded me of playing that newer video game DETROIT: BECOMING HUMAN--as well as a myriad of other robot stories, of course). I can't wait to see what she'll write about next!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Zunaira Ghazal

    So, this is it, huh? My first 5 star series in a loooong time. The Constellation trilogy started off with a bang, hit the middle with a bigger band, and ended with a humongous explosion of feels, great plot points, and an awesome set of characters that I'd probably root to the end of the Galaxy. Noemi and Able are probably one of the most amazing YA couples out there. They're both fierce, protective, and highly intelligent. They're awesome-sauce - probably taking the colloquial to a whole new leve So, this is it, huh? My first 5 star series in a loooong time. The Constellation trilogy started off with a bang, hit the middle with a bigger band, and ended with a humongous explosion of feels, great plot points, and an awesome set of characters that I'd probably root to the end of the Galaxy. Noemi and Able are probably one of the most amazing YA couples out there. They're both fierce, protective, and highly intelligent. They're awesome-sauce - probably taking the colloquial to a whole new level, maybe? Well, I genuinely enjoyed their slow-burn romance in book 1, their reunion in book 2, and their HEA in book 3. If anyone deserves to be the happiest in the whole wide Loop, it's probably these two. With all the crad they'd waded throughout the series, I would have been genuinely angry if the ending has been any less than what it was. I hope their forever is as awesome as they are. Aside from the beauty of the love story, the plot was so well-paced. The action never seemed to end and the stakes were always high. There was one point in this book where I was so shocked I had to just put it down and let myself breathe for a while. But thank goodness everything turned alright in the end. This series is definitely something that I'd recommend to everybody and their moms! You'll love it. You really will.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Lilia Visser

    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.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Alyce Caswell

    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.

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