Before the Pritchard and Decker, Adara had a contract on an explorer class ship. The ship was supposed to be her home, the crew her family. With a rigid by the books captain, Adara found herself written up, reprimanded and in danger of losing her contract. Still she forms bonds with people on the crew. Carving out a niche, she finds a balance until fate intervenes with a deadly asteroid shower.
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by Eileen Troemel
Prequel to the Wayfarer Series
SciFi & Fantasy
March 7, 2015
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Pretty quick read at under an hour. This is a prequel to a series, providing background for the main female protagonist, Adara, and her world (loosely speaking, since this is set in space).
This story, as a prequel, introduces some ideas that I think are likely important to the series. There are the Services, which I interpreted to be sort of like a space navy, and the Wayfarers of which Adara is a half-breed are sort of like a combination of space mage and human, perhaps a mutation born of long generations in space. Other species pop up, too, both on ship and encountered by the Aegis. It’s all rather fascinating.
I didn’t get a lot of romance vibe from this, but based on the descriptions of the series books, I think that may become an important element after this one. This story seems geared towards women readers, covering topics like assault and breaking past bias in the workplace. I suspect these themes continue in the greater series.
There isn’t a lot of development or depth in this story, perhaps because this was meant as a quick look back, not really a standalone or series starter. I learned a lot about Adara, but I didn’t really feel a connection to her, though I did feel a bit of indignation on her behalf near the end. I also get the feeling that the series will focus more on the space adventures and interpersonal relationships than the science, so this is probably more space opera than science fiction, and definitely not hard science fiction. Detailed and accurate enough not to throw up flags, but not so much that it becomes a science project.
Overall, I liked this book, and I think women who dig sci-fi and women’s literature might enjoy it, too.
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