Publication Date: 7th June from Orbit
Source: Review Copy
In the far reaches of space, a group of tourists board a small vessel for what will be the trip of a lifetime – in more ways than one…
They are embarking on a tour around Sigma Station – a remote mining facility and luxury hotel with stunning views of the Horsehead Nebula.
During the course of the trip, a mysterious ship with devastating advanced technology attacks the Station. Their pilot’s quick evasive action means that the tour group escape with their lives – but as the dust settles, they realize they may be the only survivors . . .
Adrift in outer space, out of contact with civilization, and on a vastly under-equipped ship, these passengers are out of their depth. Their chances of getting home are close to none, and with the threat of another attack looming they must act soon – or risk perishing in the endless void of space.
I loved LOVED the Outer Earth trilogy from Rob Boffard – I was utterly bereft after reading the last one, so when Adrift landed (or floated by or something) I was all YAY.
Rightly so it seems because this, too was so so so so good. It was just exciting and clever and emotional, pacy and incredibly compelling.
We have ten tourists stuck on a ship that is, well, not that brilliant. Everyone else is dead and gone having been attacked by a mysterious force. Only the fact that their pilot has some savvy has managed to save them so far. But they are quite literally lost in space, with food running out, a frozen water supply, a broken vessel and a lot of infighting. Seriously folks, focus on the problem at hand which is YOU ARE ALL GOING TO DIE. Still, not everyone on the Red Panda is all they appear to be…
What follows is a rip rollicking adventure of the finest kind, with crackling dialogue, divisive characters, cleverly obscure motivations and you know, battles in space. BATTLES. Also child characters that are not annoying. Seriously. How many authors pull that one off these days?
ANYWAY there are lots of space driven twists and turns, both literally and figuratively, a multi-layered and cleverly obfuscated plot, where the author plays with your perceptions of good and evil all whilst cackling away behind his keyboard (ok I might be imagining that bit) at what he’s going to throw next at our motley crew.
Storytelling of the best kind. Fast and furious with a literary twist and more excitement than you can shake a stick at.