Whip-smart and utterly charming, Danielle Banas's irreverent YA sci-fi adventure The Good for Nothings is perfect for fans of Guardians of the Galaxy, The Lunar Chronicles, and Firefly.
Cora Saros is just trying her best to join the family business of theft and intergalactic smuggling. Unfortunately, she's a total disaster.
After landing herself in prison following an attempted heist gone very wrong, she strikes a bargain with the prison warden: He'll expunge her record if she brings back a long-lost treasure rumored to grant immortality.
Cora is skeptical, but with no other way out of prison (and back in her family's good graces), she has no choice but to assemble a crew from her collection of misfit cellmates—a disgraced warrior from an alien planet; a cocky pirate who claims to have the largest ship in the galaxy; and a glitch-prone robot with a penchant for baking—and take off after the fabled prize.
But the ragtag group soon discovers that not only is the too-good-to-be-true treasure very real, but they're also not the only crew on the hunt for it. And it's definitely a prize worth killing for.
Praise for The Good for Nothings:
"A fun, galaxy-spanning treasure hunt with plenty of action and heart." —Publishers Weekly
In an attempt to win approval from her mother, the hard-to-please leader of an interstellar crime family, and to make enough money to upgrade her android best friend Elio's failing body, Cora Saros attempts a solo job, only to be caught and thrown into a maximum security prison. After an unsuccessful escape attempt with her cellmates Earthan thief Wren and temperamental reptilian warrior Anders Cora and her companions make a deal for their freedom with the prison's warden: retrieve the long-hidden keys needed to unlock an immortality-granting elixir. As the group traverses the galaxies in search of their objective, dangers await at every turn, including hazardous planets, implacable pursuers, and Cora's own plan to betray her comrades. With this star-hopping romp, Banas (The Supervillain and Me) pits her eclectic band of larceny-minded misfits against a hostile universe, forcing them to come together as a makeshift family. While the chain of events occasionally borders on the implausibly coincidental, the quirky characters, who are fleshed out by attributes such as tough Anders's constant flight sickness and Elio's insistence on a favorite food despite his inability to eat, share an endearing earnestness. A fun, galaxy-spanning treasure hunt with plenty of action and heart. Ages 13 up.