The Sol Majestic is a big-hearted and delightful intergalactic hopepunk adventure for fans of Becky Chambers and The Good Place
"A feast of a book.”—Hugo Award-winning author Seanan McGuire
Kenna, an aspirational teen guru, wanders destitute across the stars as he tries to achieve his parents' ambition to advise the celestial elite.
Everything changes when Kenna wins a free dinner at The Sol Majestic, the galaxy's most renowned restaurant, giving him access to the cosmos's one-percent. His dream is jeopardized, however, when he learns his highly-publicized "free meal" risks putting The Sol Majestic into financial ruin. Kenna and a motley gang of newfound friends—including a teleporting celebrity chef, a trust-fund adrenaline junkie, an inept apprentice, and a brilliant mistress of disguise—must concoct an extravagant scheme to save everything they cherish. In doing so, Kenna may sacrifice his ideals—or learn even greater lessons about wisdom, friendship, and love.
Utterly charming and out of this world, Ferrett Steinmetz's The Sol Majestic will satisfy the appetites of sci-fi aficionados and newcomers alike.
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Much like the kitchen in which it's set, Steinmetz's culinary space opera is filled with variety. At its heart, it's a complex, chaotic, and mystifying coming-of-age story of a young man becoming a lover, an aesthete, and an activist. When 16-year-old Kenna comes to Savor Station, a waystation deep within the stars, he's starved both physically and spiritually. His parents are devoted to the dying religion of Inevitable Philosophies, which expects devotees to find their own guiding philosophies by age 15; Kenna hasn't found his, and isn't sure he will. Then he stumbles upon the Sol Majestic, a universally famous restaurant run by a small creative genius, Paulius, and his sharp-angled business partner, Scrimshaw. Paulius sees a spark in Kenna and makes a project of helping him sort himself out. As Kenna becomes accustomed to life aboard the station, he finds his purpose as part of the kitchen brigade, and soon finds ways to give back to the people who introduced him to the wonder that is food. Steinmetz (The Uploaded) elevates his story with lush details and vividly rendered characters, crafting a memorable love letter to the nourishment of body and soul as well as the dignity of work and service.