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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. Alo 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.


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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. Alo 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. 5 out of 5

    Adah Udechukwu

    Defy the Fates was perfect, perfect, perfect.

  4. 4 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 revie 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

    Lata

    Gotta say, I liked this final book in this series much more than book 2. Even with a couple of things that totally annoyed me (e.g., Abel's repeated offering of himself for destruction, instead of ever talking to Noemi to figure out a possible other course.) And all the connections Noemi and Abel made in book one were again vital in their dealing with the new troubles between Genesis and Earth, and dealing with the situation on Haven. I knew going into this book that there would be elements Gotta say, I liked this final book in this series much more than book 2. Even with a couple of things that totally annoyed me (e.g., Abel's repeated offering of himself for destruction, instead of ever talking to Noemi to figure out a possible other course.) And all the connections Noemi and Abel made in book one were again vital in their dealing with the new troubles between Genesis and Earth, and dealing with the situation on Haven. I knew going into this book that there would be elements that would irritate me (based on my feelings about the previous two in this series), and I decided to not care so much and just let the text flow past me. That said, I think I really prefer Claudia Gray's Star Wars stories.

  6. 5 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.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Sharon

    By the last half of the book, I got super invested. I was like oh shit please don’t kill off the good characters – but especially my favorite ones. Considering how this had a literal 30-year galactic war, my anxiety was up thereeee. Here are some of my thoughts: • I love that the plot perfectly balances science and religion. This series is seriously coming through with those areas, as well as philosophy, morals/ethics, politics, mortality, etc. There are some serious deep thinking involved By the last half of the book, I got super invested. I was like oh shit please don’t kill off the good characters – but especially my favorite ones. Considering how this had a literal 30-year galactic war, my anxiety was up thereeee. Here are some of my thoughts: • I love that the plot perfectly balances science and religion. This series is seriously coming through with those areas, as well as philosophy, morals/ethics, politics, mortality, etc. There are some serious deep thinking involved in the plot and the motivations of groups of people. It really makes me ponder the question of, “What would humans do for the sake of survival of their people? For their loved ones? For themselves? Heck, what would I do for it? And in this series, we certainly see characters go to extreme length to preserve their planet, to preserve their loved ones, and to preserve themselves. In those actions, ethics and morals really come into question. We also see characters genuinely believing their “bad” or violent actions are right and justified. We see the line of religion and zealotry. And we see the debates of whether or not a mech with a soul is truly a being who deserves rights. (The answer is yes, they do fyi! Fuck those asshole characters who were so cruel and obtuse to Abel.) However, besides the questionable things, we also see humans having compassion for one another (and mechs). • In addition, this book in particular poses 2 interesting questions: “What/who are you fighting? And what/who are you fighting for?” • The romance is super sweet. It’s pure and all-consuming and beautiful. Between a mech with a soul and a human (view spoiler)[who in this book becomes part mech (hide spoiler)] . I love that they both give each other a reason to live. They are both so fucking loyal (him to his creator and her to her planet) and they are all too willing to sacrifice themselves. And he is also too willing to sacrifice himself for her. However, I’m glad they both have given each other hope for a life where they can actually be alive and happy, which is probably something both of them never imagined for themselves before. They have learned to be simultaneously more selfish and giving. • Abel is fucking adorable. I really enjoy his narration with his odd robotic-ish thoughts but still so fucking human and genuine. I love how he is enthusiastic about learning new things and understanding humans and their emotions and his own emotions. Noemi is right in saying that he is the sweetest, purest, and best soul out there. He is more human than most humans, and isn’t that something? • Noemi is badass. This girl is always moving, always willing to help and get things done, love it. • I’m glad that both Abel and Noemi found people who can appreciate them. They are both outcasts – him being a mech and her being a lone wolf – and it warms my heart they found good friends who accept them no matter that they have been declared so many terrible things about by other people. Virginia is supportive and hilarious. Harriet and Zayan are adorable and helpful. Ephraim is a calming, kind soul. It’s nice to see this crew of such different, capable people come together and literally save humankind sometimes – no biggie. • It was irritating at one point where Noemi went back to Genesis and she wasn’t really doing anything about finding Abel and being with him. I mean I know her world calls him a traitor but like…. She literally just called him her favorite person in the universe, and she’s gonna let him go like that? I mean I get why he didn’t try to be with her at that point – he misunderstood her about her feelings and he thought it was for her own good that he stayed away. I mean, maybe, she was too caught up in her planet stuff and she was too confused and mad at him to think about finding him yet – but it was irritating to see her think about finding him only when (view spoiler)[she got exiled (hide spoiler)] . I mean I’m sure she would’ve tried to find him eventually but idk I wanted to see more clear intentions from the start. • I find it interesting that while I was initially enchanted by the Firebird series – I mean that plot setup was just absolutely gorgeous and intriguing - this series, in my opinion, has played out more solidly in the long run. While the former might have the initially “shinier” setup, I have come to love this one more, in terms of the romance, characters, plot, and overall meaning. I was honestly so fucking scared going into this series b/c boy was the former an angst fest. While I was scared for the characters in this series at times, it was less straight-up angst IMO. 4 stars Cute romance, 2 likable, strong main characters, great, supportive friendship, a well thought-out plot that delves deeper into science, religion, philosophy, morals/ethics, politics, mortality, and what have you. Things that you might want to know (WARNING: Spoilers below) Happy/satisfying ending? (view spoiler)[Yes. Details about deaths here: (view spoiler)[OK what the heck no good main characters died for this finale. What the heckkk. Shocking for a YA sci-fi series (esp. for a trilogy) and I’m so fucking glad. Booyah (hide spoiler)] (hide spoiler)] Love triangle? Cheating? Angst level? (view spoiler)[No, no, medium (hide spoiler)] Tears-worthy? (view spoiler)[Did not cry but can get sad/emotional (hide spoiler)] Humor? (view spoiler)[Yes. Bits of funny bantering or narration here and there. Far from central point though. (hide spoiler)] Favorite scenes? (view spoiler)[The inside joke b/w Noemi and Abel about him being bad at comforting people. When Noemi helped Abel escaped after he saved her life by sacrificing his own. When Noemi explained to Abel that she just needs time to adjust to her new body – and that she’s angry because she’s scared but not angry at him – and he agreed to take in the emotional adjustments not just the physical adjustments of her becoming part mech. When Virginia went with Noemi after Noemi got exiled and Noemi was so grateful. When he came crashing in as a Smasher and Noemi realized she’s alive afterall. When she was so happy to see him and said she knew that Mansfield in his body wasn’t really him, and she called him the sweetest, purest, best soul she has ever met. When Noemi got Krall to help them out after telling the truth about Genesis’ plan and Zayan even teared up thinking about the people he still loved on Earth dying – and many Vagabonds agreed to help them save Abel – and then help them with their mission. When Abel beat Mansfield and still loved him but still didn’t give him the ability to live on again b/c he didn’t deserve it. When Abel freed the mother and Gillian finally let it go and surrendered. When Abel and Noemi said their “farewell” before the final fight and he said she has been the best part of his life and always will be – and she told him I love you for the first time. The last chapter where we see Ephraim and Delphine helping Haven and Virginia, Ludwig, and Fon are heroes on their planet, and Harriet and Zayan are happily settling in Genesis. And when we found out that the council agrees to let Genesis open up to other settles and they’ll keep with their values while also opening up to new people and ideas – and the whole crowd was cheering and Noemi was so proud of her people. When Noemi got sassy with the council and reasoned perfectly that they can’t put Abel on trial for murder – if they supposedly believe he’s not deserving of basic human rights and treat him as just a machine. And if they did treat him as a human, he still killed the councilman out of self-defense of him and defense for her, so their argument isn’t valid. And then she became sassy again and said “thanks but no thanks” to their offer of making her a citizen again b/c her fate is in the stars with Abel. Right at the end where Noemi and Abel are traveling and discovering planets together and going on adventures, with the help of Virginia. (hide spoiler)]

  8. 5 out of 5

    Lindsay

    Noemi is badly hurt and Abel has no choice but to engage in a dangerous bargain with the daughter of his creator, Abel's body for her father's consciousness in exchange for saving Noemi by turning her into a human/mech hybrid. The political situation between Earth and its colonies has never been more unstable though and none of their survival is guaranteed particularly with Genesis on the ascendancy and desperate to win the Liberty War by any means necessary. I think this concludes th Noemi is badly hurt and Abel has no choice but to engage in a dangerous bargain with the daughter of his creator, Abel's body for her father's consciousness in exchange for saving Noemi by turning her into a human/mech hybrid. The political situation between Earth and its colonies has never been more unstable though and none of their survival is guaranteed particularly with Genesis on the ascendancy and desperate to win the Liberty War by any means necessary. I think this concludes this series fairly well with a decent action-packed finale. It would have been nicer to see anyone in power to have principles though and not all turn out to be such inhuman monsters, but again I probably need to remember that this is a particularly young YA novel. Overall a good but not great YA series.

  9. 4 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 continued. Why? None of that 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...

  10. 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

  11. 5 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.

  12. 5 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 d 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.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Bookphenomena (Micky)

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

  14. 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.

  15. 4 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 *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...

  16. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    A rather insane and fast paced ending to this trilogy. Talk about a book hitting the ground running! This novel picks up where the last leaves off and flips between two points of view (I kind of love novels that do that) and is almost non-stop action from the beginning. This novel further explores the scary possibility of A.I. learning and changing, although with Abel it seems to be for the best and in a positive way because he found his soul in the previous novels. An imaginative, exciting adve A rather insane and fast paced ending to this trilogy. Talk about a book hitting the ground running! This novel picks up where the last leaves off and flips between two points of view (I kind of love novels that do that) and is almost non-stop action from the beginning. This novel further explores the scary possibility of A.I. learning and changing, although with Abel it seems to be for the best and in a positive way because he found his soul in the previous novels. An imaginative, exciting adventure in space and on different worlds!

  17. 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 Fates takes place after the torturo/>Defy/>-/>///>“The/>Review/>Awesomeness/>Plot/>/>/> 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

  18. 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. That part 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 4 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, 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.

  21. 5 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.

  22. 5 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 thin 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!

  23. 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.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Kathleen

    Rating: 4.5

  25. 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!!!!!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Helen

    I didn’t enjoy this book as much. I felt there was too much repetition- the I’ll sacrifice myself for you; oh I don’t think they do love me; it all started to wear. Overall an enjoyable series.

  27. 4 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 throu 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.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Daphne

    I enjoyed this book, but on reflection I feel like I mostly enjoyed it because I got so attached to the main characters after reading the first book. If I think back to the actual plot of this one, I'm not that excited. It was good, but a bit predictable and repetitive. It felt a lot like the previous two books did, and because it was repeating the same beats a bit, it felt a bit stale and the stakes didn't feel very high. I had thought the changes to Noemi would impact the story more I enjoyed this book, but on reflection I feel like I mostly enjoyed it because I got so attached to the main characters after reading the first book. If I think back to the actual plot of this one, I'm not that excited. It was good, but a bit predictable and repetitive. It felt a lot like the previous two books did, and because it was repeating the same beats a bit, it felt a bit stale and the stakes didn't feel very high. I had thought the changes to Noemi would impact the story more than they did. (view spoiler)[ she has some internal conflict about being part mech and has a few issues because of it that serve as obstacles in the plot, but overall I felt like she got over it way faster than I expected and it didn't add as much as I wanted it to. (hide spoiler)] I also didn't really love that some of the plot was driven by miscommunication and Abel thinking things he probably shouldn't be thinking anymore in the third book. It felt like the conflict wasn't very natural for the point they were at in their relationship. I still enjoyed the book and had fun seeing how it ended up, but I feel like neither of the sequels came near the first one in terms of plot. I'm not sure if this needed to be a trilogy.

  29. 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 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!

  30. 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.

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