Ahoy there me mateys! I received this sci-fi eARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. So here be me honest musings . . .
Title: you sexy thing
Author: Cat Rambo
Publication Date: TODAY!! (hardcover/e-book)
This book was the perfect mood read at the perfect time. I loved it! The basic premise is that a bunch of ex-military have “escaped” their cult to open a restaurant called The Last Chance at the edge of the universe on a station called TwiceFar. A culinary critic is coming to judge their restaurant and the crew is hoping this meal leads to better things. Of course doom ensues and adventure (however unwanted) awaits.
This book was an excellent blend of character-driven moments and action. It is funny and thoughtful and just plain wonderful. I can’t really get into the plot because I think it be better to go in blind. However here be a hint of things ye can find. A diverse crew, eggplant, ghosts, potential prophecy, banter, evil space pirates (Arrr!), awesome sounding meals, magic (science?), politics, found family, and other shenanigans.
While I loved the plot, the characters were the hit for me. The highlight of course is the bio ship, You Sexy Thing (Arrrrrr!). How can ye not love the sentient ship? Niko Larson, former Admiral and leader of the gang is the main point of view for most of the novel but other crew members get some time too. I love the many types of people and how they live and interact.
Do be aware that this book is not all light fluff. Murder, torture, and other things exist too. Evil pirates indeed. But this book worked for me on all levels and I highly recommend it. It can be a standalone but I hope there will be more. Arrr!
So lastly . . .
Thank ye Macmillian-Tor/Forge!
Goodreads has this to say about the novel:
Just when they thought they were out…
TwiceFar station is at the edge of the known universe, and that’s just how Niko Larson, former Admiral in the Grand Military of the Hive Mind, likes it.
Retired and finally free of the continual war of conquest, Niko and the remnants of her former unit are content to spend the rest of their days working at the restaurant they built together, The Last Chance.
But, some wars can’t ever be escaped, and unlike the Hive Mind, some enemies aren’t content to let old soldiers go. Niko and her crew are forced onto a sentient ship convinced that it is being stolen and must survive the machinations of a sadistic pirate king if they even hope to keep the dream of The Last Chance alive.
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