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- Publication Date: May 26, 2016
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B01FWOW72W
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The story begins with Captain Alisa Marchenko and her mechanic/engineering friend Mica finding a ship to get off the desert planet they were stranded on after the war ended. Alisa and her friend fought on the side of the Alliance, so when they encounter an imperial cyborg guarding their chosen ship they must negotiate to achieve their common goal - to get off the planet and back to civilization.
In her newsletter, Buroker mentioned Firefly as an inspiration for this novel. This is reflected in the characterizations of Alisa, Mica, and the passengers they eventually take on. While the similarities are obvious, there are enough differences in the storyline and character details to make the book worth reading without feeling like you are reading a text version of Firefly.
Otherwise, the world touches on what happens when a "rebel" group succeeds in overthrowing a tyrannical government without having a new government plan in order. This book briefly touches on the major players such as the previous Emperor, the Starseers, the Alliance, and the Mafia. The book concludes the first stage of the characters' journey to Perun while setting the stage for the remaining journey and possible future conflict between characters. Finally, the question the reader is left with is "Which is better: a restrictive government that governs with little citizen input or a galaxy ruled by a "might is right" mentality?"
I've been a fan of Lindsay Buroker's fantasy novels for some time now, and happily followed her into this new space opera series, because I've found her work consistently entertaining. Also, though I haven't read as much of it lately, I'm a space opera fan from of old, having grown up on Andre Norton and loved Lois McMaster Bujold's Vorkosigan books.
Norton, Bujold, and C.L. Moore's Northwest Smith are in the lineage of this series, not to mention a little bit of Star Wars, though without the hokey ancient religion or laser swords. We have asteroid miners, the aftermath of a civil war (Alliance versus Empire), artificial gravity, various kinds of weapons including energy weapons, enhanced cyborg soldiers, power armour... it's all good stuff. We also have an ex-military officer with an old spaceship and a ragtag crew, just trying to make it back to where her young daughter is so they can be together (her husband was a civilian casualty of the war), and encountering - and overcoming - obstacles at every turn.
The characters are quirky, smart, brave, principled and constantly bickering, which is what I've come to happily expect from a Buroker book. The cyborg soldier distinctly reminds me of the assassin Sicarius from the Emperor's Edge series: emotionally closed off, laconic to the point of curt, unstoppably deadly, but with his own powerful set of principles. The space captain is, however, more assured and capable than Amaranthe early in the same series, and none the worse for it. She makes a great scrappy underdog, badly outgunned but forced by circumstances to forge difficult alliances and triumph through courage and intelligence, and that's how I like my heroes.
The political background is well, if briefly, handled. The Empire was totalitarian and repressive, and the Alliance fought long and hard to break it; since the viewpoint character was an Alliance officer, we mostly get that perspective, but the cyborg, who was an Imperial officer, gets to say his piece about how the Empire maintained order, and now everything is falling apart and pirates and warlords are causing chaos and suffering. Though it isn't dwelled on, it's a more sophisticated political background than a lot of light SFF has - and gives us a chance to encounter plenty of pirates and warlords.
I understand that this is the first of a series, and that the other books will be launching very soon after this one. I will definitely be picking them up.
The Captain and her engineer plan to take her mother's old ship from the junkyard and a cyborg from the other side of the war is there. After striking a deal and ready to leave the planet our Captain looks for passengers and hopes to have enough money to then pay for food and hire security. The cyborg has a required destination first. Her other passenger is a science teacher who likes mushrooms and brings chickens. The final passenger appears to be a monk? While readying to lift ship, the mafia comes knocking on her door. The security guard she hired had a different career in mind and borrowed his start up funds.
Captain Alisa hasn't thought past just wanting to get back to her daughter. Getting there is the hard part in a post war galaxy when war leaves little left as to government and the policing of the galaxy and space lanes. Pirates abound and they are not your ordinary pirates. Mafia, mysteries, pirates, and a ship where half the crew and passengers fought for the other side.
What does it mean to be human? Is a cyborg human? It is an interesting crew and an interesting story. I will be reading the rest of the series. Personally, I liked Alisa's sense of humor.
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