I can’t recall whose idea it was. Just that me and mis amigas were sick of wading through yet another unjust punishment detail. So we decide to take ourselves off on a short jaunt to the lower reaches of Space Station Hawking to prove that fertile Iberian girls can also deal with danger.
The consequences of that single expedition change the lives of all four of us, as well as that of the stranger who steps in to save us down in lawless Basement Level. Now I have more excitement and danger than I can handle, while confronting lethal shipboard politics, kidnapping, betrayal. And murder.
When I first started reading this I found it kind of hard to connect and get involved in the story. It was slow going. But, I have to say this may be because of coming down from a book hangover or even my mood. I did have a bit of a book hangover before I started this one. So, I would never take stars off for my problems getting into it, because most likely it was not the failing of the author.
Elizabeth or Lizzy, as she is most commonly referred to, is a wonderful protagonist. My favorite kind actually, because though she is a strong person, she is also very real and flawed and weak at times. She is someone I feel I can truly relate to, I feel like I can step in to her character and live through her eyes as I read the book. I laughed with her, struggled with her, rolled my eyes, flushed my cheeks, fell in love, held back my tears, then cried them into my pillow with her. Lizzy was a character who went through so much, and came out of it with tremendous growth in a short period of time. I thought this book excelled in character development, which makes me happy because I’m totally a character driven reader.
As far as world building, I struggled a little with picturing the surroundings. And in science fiction world development is usually dominant, which can drive me crazy. I like to be able to picture the surroundings, but I don’t need to know all the technical details. Sometimes I felt myself able to picture things better than others. So, I’m not saying it’s non-existent here, but I would like to have had a little more.
But over all the book works. The strong characters really carry the book, especially Lizzy. I’m so glad I had that opportunity to be able to read it!! I’m looking forward to reading the next one in the series.
Born the same year as the Russians launched Sputnik, I confidently expected that by the time I reached adulthood, the human race would have a pioneer colony on the Moon and be heading off towards Mars. So I was at a loss to know what to do once I realised the Final Frontier wasn’t an option and rather lost my head – I tried a lot of jobs I didn’t and married a totally unsuitable man.
Now I’ve finally come to terms with the fact that I’ll never leave Earth, I have a lovely time writing science fiction novels and teaching Creative Writing at Northbrook College in Worthing. I live in Littlehampton on the English south coast with a wonderful husband and a ridiculous number of books.