When I requested this book I didn’t know it was related to a game. Honestly, the book is a good selling point for it because I love tabletop games and this one was right up my alley.
Off the bat I’m giving the book three (3) stars. It was an enjoyable read. Like I said, I didn’t know it was related to a game. None of that mattered. I didn’t need anything explained to me so it made sense. The writing and the story handle that perfectly well which was impressive.
As for the story itself? It’s interesting enough to be fun. We’re introduced to a young girl named Bianca who wants to travel off of her homeworld. And she has a destination in mind: the empty space between three specific stars.
Bianca isn’t an ordinary girl and I found myself relating to her wanderlust. When I was her age I wanted to go and travel, see the sights. She was fairly well written. All of the characters were.
When it came to the scifi element, I would recommend this to people who like sci-fi with no hard and fast rules. We’ve got wormhole gates, huge spiny ships and none of it needs explaining. They work, they function how they’re supposed to and you don’t get bogged down with a bunch of tech talk that could take you out of the story.
The cast features humans and aliens. The cast is diverse in that regard. Bianca is adopted but her adoptive family’s last name is Xing. To be honest, I don’t remember if she was described in any way that would make it apparent what her race was.
So, I spent the entire story picturing her as white. If she was described in any way that changes that, I simply don’t remember.
All in all, it’s a story about a girl finding her place in a huge galaxy and her destiny.
I will sat that because of what Bianca is, she felt a little too perfect. Conflict came in the form of her being very trusting or the crew she was with. She never really suffered. Even if she was the way she was, I still wanted to see her struggle. And grow from it.
She doesn’t really grow much. She’s just a sweet trusting kid who ends up with a lot of power.
Don’t come to this expecting anymore than a fun sci-fi ride. No immense growth, not a lot of depth. Just space and fun.
I received this ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.