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Our hero has just inherited a tramp space ship from his adopted father with a twist in the conditions that means he has to successfully manage one trading round before he is confirmed. The other owner of the ship, his "father's" brother, is a dealer in animals and gives him a basset puppy as a companion for his route, along with various other animals that he's supposed to sell on the way.
Needless to say our hero doesn't have quite as straightforward a journey as he'd hoped for but (spoiler alert) he survives and I'm looking forward keenly to find out "what happens next". Having said that the book is absolutely a standalone and ends up at a decent conclusion rather than a cliffhanger.
TL'DR: If you're old enough to remember Andre Norton, this is as good as her best stuff.
Longer letter later: The universe of galactic traders, some of whose routes take them out to places on the fringe, where weird stuff happens, combined with the incredibly dangerous job of carving out a living in hard vacuum trusting to fragile human engineering is really neat. The young man driving the story is a good companion on the journey as he struggles to carve out a place for himself after the loss of the only family he'd ever known. The Bassett hound is awesome. The plot builds perfectly towards page-turning action. The ending is satisfying and wraps the tale. I can guarantee I'm buying the next book as soon as it's available.
I only wish it were available in paperback because it would definitively be a winner in our state's teen readers' award. It's one of those rare books that anyone old enough to handle the reading level is going to appreciate. Though I think older readers will enjoy it most.
Only the family business is a tramp space ship and the only other crew member is a Bassett Hound puppy that
Isn't potty trained.
Hijinks and adventure ensue. A good fun read.
Looking forward to the next installment -maybe the evil aliens will turn up.