Rosemary Harper doesn’t expect much when she joins the crew of the aging Wayfarer. While the patched-up ship has seen better days, it offers her a bed, a chance to explore the far-off corners of the galaxy, and most importantly, some distance from her past. An introspective young woman who learned early to keep to herself, she’s never met anyone remotely like the ship’s diverse crew, including Sissix, the exotic reptilian pilot, chatty engineers Kizzy and Jenks who keep the ship running, and Ashby, their noble captain.
Life aboard the Wayfarer is chaotic and crazy—exactly what Rosemary wants. It’s also about to get extremely dangerous when the crew is offered the job of a lifetime. Tunneling wormholes through space to a distant planet is definitely lucrative and will keep them comfortable for years. But risking her life wasn’t part of the plan. In the far reaches of deep space, the tiny Wayfarer crew will confront a host of unexpected mishaps and thrilling adventures that force them to depend on each other. To survive, Rosemary’s got to learn how to rely on this assortment of oddballs—an experience that teaches her about love and trust, and that having a family isn’t necessarily the worst thing in the universe.
Oh I really enjoyed that. It’s such a well built world, with different species and cultures and ways of thinking even. It’s so very well done. Effectively this is just one big long space journey but this book is so much more than that. I love all the characters, and their relationships. I think my favourite character is Sissix, but I do love all of them, even Corbin and especially Lovey! There’s a couple of spoilery things I wish I could flail about here, but just know that there is flailing going on 😉😃
My main niggles are not really getting to know Rosemary a bit more, for a main character we don’t get to know a lot, but it works. And that really there’s not a huge amount of action. But again, I don’t think it needs it, really.
This book is also a great read in terms of acceptance and how to treat people (and AI’s! 💙) – in that sense it is brilliantly diverse. Ashby confronting Corbin is so good!
4.5 stars easily, and I can’t wait to read the next one.