Saturday Spotlight is a weekly feature in which I honor a book, character, or author that has consumed my mind and may be the cause of future therapy sessions.
This week has been a crazy rollercoaster of new experiences. Technically speaking, it was my first “real” week of university, meaning I spent most of my days floating around campus, trying to look like I knew exactly what I was doing. My success rate in doing so was minimal at best. Literally. At one point, I walked past a group of students on my way to History 101, and I heard a girl murmur to her friend, “First year. It’s getting too obvious.”
New situations are always a little challenging. Fortunately, my mind was too focused on Starflight to take offence at that comment.
Halfway through the week, I decided that lectures and hours upon hours of academic
reading were making my brain hurt. (Okay, you caught me. Major nerd alert, getting stuck into work before the term has even properly taken off. But hey, it’s not my fault that my courses are frickin awesome and I actually like the stuff we’re studying.) I needed something to transport me away from my laptop screen a.s.a.p., otherwise I’d risk turning into a robot that could only talk about the characteristics of postmodern historiography.
Naturally, my first instinct was to gravitate towards my Kindle and download the latest Melissa Landers book, which I fangirled over in this WoW post. There’s nothing like a little YA Sci-Fi to rip you right out of reality and fill your head with a whole galaxy of happiness, right? Right.
Starflight did just that. It is still doing just that, seeing as I haven’t finished it yet. I’m trying to read it really slowly so that I don’t have a meltdown when it ends on a cliffhanger and I’m left waiting years for the sequel. (I’m trying to keep up the façade of being cool and collected for just one more week. A mental breakdown over a book won’t exactly help with that.)
In any case, I’m totally loving it so far. Despite my reservations that it wouldn’t be able to live up to Alienated (the book that made me hand over my heart to Melissa Landers for safekeeping just a few months ago), I’m already pretty convinced that it’s even better. I’m struggling to keep my emotions in check when I read it in public, because every five pages or so, all I want to do is this:
Solara and Doran, you guys are draining me of my sanity. Please stop. I actually want to make it through the week without melting into a puddle of pink, bubbly goo. Thanks.
About the author:
Melissa Landers writes romantic sci-fi for teens and the young at heart. ALIENATED and INVADED are now available from Disney Hyperion, and UNITED, the third book in the trilogy, will release in August, 2016. The first novel in her new series, STARFLIGHT, launches February 2, 2016.