3 Bells – dying for space (S.J. Higbee) Book 2 – It’s Sci-Fi Month!

Ahoy me mateys!  Grab your grog!  Here be book 2 of the eighth installment of the 3 Bells trilogy showcase featuring the crew’s very own Matey Sarah.  While I try to post no spoilers, ye have been forewarned and continue at yer own peril . . .

dying for space (S.J. Higbee)

Well, all ye scalawags should be familiar with Matey Sarah’s blog and wonderful book reviews.  But some of ye may not be aware that she also be a writer.  (What be wrong with ye wretches?)  When the first book was published years ago in 2017, I bought me a copy.  And then bought the next two in the trilogy as each was released.  But shame on me, I didn’t read them right away.  So with this Sci-Fi Month celebration, I thought I would finally give Matey’s Sarah’s work the time it deserves in return for all those sparkly treasures she be constantly adding to me ports for plunder list.

After the debacles of the first book (it was a doozy!), Lizzy finally gets to undergo officer training and works towards her goals of active duty.  But after her graduation, her family’s history with the General and his wishes for her future go directly against Lizzy’s own ideas.  Lizzy finds herself stymied at every turn and worse yet gaining more unwelcome revelations into her own past.  The consequences are completely unexpected.

Jumping into book two was great fun.  I loved the sections of training ye get to experience as well as Lizzy’s first foray into battle.  I have to admit that I was surprised at how Lizzy ends up in the unwanted Procurement position and the political issues around that decision.  I certainly wasn’t expecting that angle!  I completely understood Lizzy’s conflicted feelings about her relationship with the General.  However, I wanted to punch him in the face.  Often.

Though Lizzy be placed in a desk job, her life be anything but boring (for the reader at least!).  I guessed several plot points in the book but did not guess how they would resolve.  I continued to love Lizzy’s relationship with Jessica.  I continued to cheer Lizzy on.  I wanted her to catch a break and get much deserved happiness.  Lizzy continues to be a bit naive at times but it stems from her desire to do a good job and to not make more mistakes that impact others.  Sadly life under the General’s command is beyond rough.

I can’t get into more details because of massive spoilers but this is a book where ye have to read the first book first.  I will say that the complexities of the storyline are fun and that ending was not what I was expecting.  Matey Sarah keeps me guessing.  I am looking forward to what happens next.  So check in tomorrow for what me thinks of book three.  Arrrr!

Side note: Sci-Fi Month is hosted by Matey Lisa of Dear Geek Place and Matey Imyril of One More.  Check out their blog links for more info and join the fun!

Goodreads has this to say about the first novel:

Lizzy Wright has yearned to serve on the space merchant ship Shooting Star for as long as she can remember – until one rash act changes everything…

Lizzy and her friends weren’t looking for trouble – all they’d wanted was to prove that fertile English girls could handle themselves when on shore leave without being accompanied by a sour-faced chaperone and armed guard. Looking back, maybe taking a jaunt off-limits on Space Station Hawking wasn’t the best idea – but no one could have foreseen the outcome. Or that the consequences of that single expedition would change the lives of all four girls, as well as that of the stranger who stepped in to save them.

Now Lizzy has more excitement and danger than she can handle, while confronting lethal shipboard politics, kidnapping, betrayal. And murder.

To visit the author’s website go to:

S.J. Higbee – Author

To buy the book go to:

running out of space – Book

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16 thoughts on “3 Bells – dying for space (S.J. Higbee) Book 2 – It’s Sci-Fi Month!

  1. I’ve just returned after driving a student of mine to a local college in the pouring rain to sit an exam… And I can’t tell you how much I’ve cheered up after reading your lovely review, Cap. Yes… I wanted to punch General Norman in the face several times, too!

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    1. So glad that ye be liking me reviews. Seriously it be hard to write about Norman without tons of spoilers and yet I wanted to babble about things in me review. I just can’t believe how much I dislike that man and how satisfying it was to watch [spoilers]. I grinned like a nut.
      x The Captain

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      1. Oh good! My inspiration for him came from an interview I heard someone on Radio 4 had with the favourite daughter of Idi Amin, the former tyrannical Ugandan head of state. The chap said something like, ‘I expect you could twist him around your little finger.’
        The woman gave an incredulous laugh and said, ‘This was Idi Amin! If he was in a bad mood you didn’t dare to breathe loudly.’ And I remember thinking that he didn’t have the first idea of what it was like to live with a true tyrant… And I wanted to write one.

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      2. That is so cool!!! I love weird fun facts like these about writing. I have lived with tyrant-like people before. There was one person who would scream and yell if ye put silverware in the dishwasher “upside down.” It be weird how quickly ye adapt yer own behavior just to minimize tension and effort. Or that someone can have that much power. So aye, ye captured that environment well.
        x The Captain

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      3. So very true! And I’m delighted you think so – because I think it’s difficult for people who haven’t lived under those conditions to fully understand what it’s like…

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