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Derelict (Halcyone Space) Paperback – May 31, 2014
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". . .an edgy, nonstop flight into an audacious SF future with unremitting danger as your pilot and thrilling adventure your destination."
--Lynn Viehl, NYT best selling author, Stardoc & Darkyn series
"Intricate plotting melded seamlessly with delightful characterizations kept me turning pages as fast as I could. . ."
-- Nathan Lowell, creator, Golden Age of the Solar Clipper
"LJ Cohen deftly weaves together realistic teenage characters, futuristic technology, and big stakes for a real page turner."
--Wen Spencer, Award winning author, Ukiah Oregon & Elfhome series
"Cohen has real talent with character development and interaction, and prickly, defensive Ro is a sympathetic and interesting heroine."
"Cohen has real talent with character development and interaction, andprickly, defensive Ro is a sympathetic and interesting heroine." --Publishers Weekly "Get on board Derelict, and you'll take an edgy, nonstop flight into an audacious SF future with unremitting danger as your pilot -- and thrilling adventure your destination." --Lynn Viehl, NYT best selling author of the Stardoc and Darkyn series "There's something special about watching an author reach her stride. LJ Cohen has done just that in Derelict. Intricate plotting melded seamlessly with delightful characterizations kept me turning pages as fast as I could go in an attempt to keep up with the unfolding story. A cracking yarn set in a lush future I'm hoping we'll hear more of." -- Nathan Lowell, Creator of the Golden Age of the Solar Clipper and the Tanyth Fairport Adventures. "LJ Cohen deftly weaves together realistic teenage characters, futuristic technology, and big stakes for a real page turner." --Wen Spencer, Award winning SF&F novelist, author of the Ukiah Oregon and Elfhome series ." . .not the usual YA. Nor is it the usual space opera. While some of the characters are military, they're not the heroes. In the second book, in fact, it becomes pretty clear that the Commonwealth, the interplanetary government, is no benign Federation, that there are serious cracks within society, and history has been... sanitised. A diverse cast, real consequences to physical injury, no easy fixes, realistic character arcs. . . . " --Mike Reeves-McMillan, reviewer, author, blogger
About the Author
LJ Cohen is the writing persona of Lisa Janice Cohen, poet, novelist, blogger, local food enthusiast, Doctor Who fan, and relentless optimist. Lisa lives just outside of Boston with her family, two dogs (only one of which actually ever listens to her) and the occasional international student. When not doing battle with a stubborn Jack Russell Terrier mix, Lisa can be found working on the next novel, which often looks a lot like daydreaming.
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Their lives intersect when Ro decides to wake up the eponymous, derelict spaceship, a dead military freighter. She wants the credit for resurrecting the damaged AI so she could apply for scholarship on her own and claim her freedom. But things go wrong when the AI wakes up and blasts off into space with the teens on board. The unwilling crew must put aside their prejudices and work together to get back to the hated rock they called home.
The plot is simple enough - a team working to find the missing ship and Ro and company trying to find their way back. It's a race against time as the old ship does not have much in the way of life support save the bare minimum. But the multiple POVs, showing each character with their own reasons for getting the ship back, tells a more fulfilling story.
I loved the complex characters, Micah especially, for I felt he had the most to lose. Ro's ability made her almost machine like, I admired that. As for Barre, his ability to sing to a machine reminded me of Linesman by S. K. Dunstall (a duo of sisters) but Barre's ability is better explained.
At times, the story seemed to loop with Ro and crew going from one life threatening problem to another and the story moved forward a little slower. But the fast action towards the climax redeems those slow bits.
The world they inhabit seemed a bit incomplete but given the immediacy of the story, there is little time to paint a better picture.
The story is about derelict lives, children neglected or abused by parents and those children struggling to not turn into their parents themselves. A difficult task given they live on sparsely populated outpost. It is this that drew me into the story, the future setting was just that, a backdrop. Although there are times the setting gives interesting conflicts.
Bottomline - A little tedious/technical but worth the adventure.
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