Firefly meets Dune in this action-packed sci-fi adventure about a close-knit, found family of a crew navigating a galaxy of political intrigue and resource-driven power games.
Nev has just joined the crew of the starship Kaitan Heritage as the cargo loader. His captain, Qole, is the youngest-ever person to command her own ship, but she brooks no argument from her crew of orphans, fugitives, and con men. Nev can’t resist her, even if her ship is an antique.
As for Nev, he’s a prince, in hiding on the ship. He believes Qole holds the key to changing galactic civilization, and when her cooperation proves difficult to obtain, Nev resolves to get her to his home planet by any means necessary.
But before they know it, a rival royal family is after Qole too, and they’re more interested in stealing her abilities than in keeping her alive.
Nev’s mission to manipulate Qole becomes one to save her, and to survive, she’ll have to trust her would-be kidnapper. He may be royalty, but Qole is discovering a deep reservoir of power—and stars have mercy on whoever tries to hurt her ship or her crew.
"An entertaining intergalactic ride." —Bulletin
"[A] well-executed sci-fi caper...full of intriguing commentary about wealth inequality and exploitation." —Booklist
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Searching for a critical, dangerous element is a classic linchpin of space adventure. Co-authors Michael Miller and AdriAnne Strickland have added relevance to the theme with a touch of environmental awareness. While attempting to harness the energy source known as Shadow, the members of one family have developed near-immunity to its devastating toxicity; an ensuing quest aims to duplicate that resistance and make the galaxy safer for everyone. Rivalries and romance keep this YA story electric, relatable, and absolutely propulsive.