- File Size: 328 KB
- Print Length: 254 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: March 12, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B06XCBW6H7
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #144,642 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I would definitely class this as space opera, or space station opera, if that's a thing. All of the present day of the story takes place on Jupiter Station. It's definitely sci-fi, but it's not too caught up in explaining the science of everything or exploring the scientific hypotheticals, so I wouldn't call it hard sci-fi. This book mostly revolves around a sort of prison break/adventure plot but its main strength is character development, which I always enjoy. However, even the character development in this book takes us to a different place.
Our protagonist Rebecca is not heroic, she is not particularly brave (or at least she doesn't identify herself as such), she is definitely empathetic, and she's most definitely struggling with a massive load of mental issues and trying to do so while avoiding being noticed for good reason. Lots of protagonists are easy to want to project yourself into (the oft-lamented Mary Sue or Gary Stu), but Rebecca is an entirely realistic character that's all too easy to identify with - but seeing the mental agony she's in you really don't want to be able to identify with her (or at least I didn't).
The setup of this novel comes quickly - researchers on Earth find an ancient distress signal which attracts two rival factions of human-ish aliens to Earth. Earth as a whole ends up conquered. Rebecca opted to surrender, believing that in doing so she was saving the lives of her parents. Now she's basically an indentured worker on a space station under everlasting suspicion that she'll turn traitor.
In addition to the excellent character building, I really liked some of the bits of world building such as the delicious imitation-pork algae buns for breakfast and rationed water where you get a daily allotment but can pay extra for more, but can't really afford if you're indentured, and so forth.
The plot is a page turner, but I did think there were a few too many convenient coincidences at work for the rebel movement. I still enjoyed the heck out of it. One last shoutout to the amazingly bad translators - they continued to crack me up throughout the whole book.
I could go on about all of them (especially Chad, my favorite one of all), but this is Rebecca's story, right? I loved how genuinely she didn't want to be the hero of a space adventure. It wasn't played off as a gag, and she isn't whining the entire time about the plot making her be "more than she is" or anything like that. The story, instead, acknowledges this sort of character and instead delves into what that would lead to.
I NEED the next one.
It's a short read, so it's easy to blow through. It's also set up not as a far future space opera but a not to distant future. Earth is invaded in 2012. It doesn't go well. Seven years later, Rebecca lives on the station and wants to die.
So, overall, it's not quite as fun as Krista's other stuff but the premise and setup kind of demanded it. It is brisk though and I'm looking forward to more of Rebecca's adventures.
Anyway, if you're wanting a fun space opera, this book is not it. The main character is dealing with a lot of issues including PTSD, depression and suicidal thoughts. Also, she is not a take charge protagonist and is rather passive when it comes to driving the story forward, and perhaps that's why I clicked so well with her character.
The last quarter of the book is fairly action packed and I'll admit to being on the edge of my seat. And it does sorta end on a bit of a cliffhanger (dammit, I need to know what happens next!).
I've read several of Krista's other books and this really is a departure from much of her other stuff, but overall I thought her voice as a writer was still strong. She really knows how to write characters well and the action in this was great.