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Description⎮Reviewed Apr. 2016
Narrator: Amanda Dolan
Length: 9h 44m
3.75 ★ Audiobook⎮This was a fairly quick and easy listen. I was easily able to listen to it while completing tasks around the house, which allowed me to finish it in about 24 hours. This story was good and did a fine job of pulling me out of my recent listening slump, but it was nothing I’d write home about. Overall, it was pretty unremarkable for me. I don’t have strong feelings about it either way. I have thoroughly enjoyed the previous “space dramas” I’ve heard (Illuminae, Starbound series), but this one did not quite live up to those standards. Starflight lacked that certain je ne sais quoi. It was enjoyable enough and there’s nothing that I can specifically point to as a major detraction, but my level of enthusiasm definitely could have been higher. If I had to blame one particular thing, I guess it would have to be the writing, which felt a little bland to me. It did nothing to engage me emotionally. The world-building and character development were so-so, not terrible but not extraordinary. To be completely honest, I just realized I can’t even remember the characters’ names. Wait… Solara was the main character, but that’s all I’ve got. I never really felt anything for any of them. There’s no doubt in my mind that I would have enjoyed this much more if I had not previously heard Illuminae & the Starbound series. I know that “comparison kills” and all that, but I just couldn’t help myself and now I’m left wondering if experiencing the seemingly unattainable awesomeness of anything Amie Kaufman (she’s the common denominator there) touches has ruined the space sub-genre for me altogether…