Patrick S. Tomlinson
Tor, 2019 (2019)
Reviewed by Hilary Williamson
f you're looking for a rollicking space adventure, a mix of
, set in an alien universe, then dive into Patrick S. Tomlinson's
t stars refugee human teenager Firstname Lastname (not her real name but one she's been stuck with by a data-entry error). She's been wandering far from Earth space for some time, getting by as best she can (rarely legally) and surrounded by aliens of every type imaginable - and many that are not (imaginable that is).
tealing on an alien space station, Junktion, to make ends meet, First (a skilled hacker) is blackmailed by Loritt Chessel into working with his
team, his '
little family of kindhearted thieves and miscreants.
' The story takes off from there and it's tons of fun.
irst has an amusing habit of making pets of the most alarming aliens, like the Gomeltic (that she calls Guinevere) with '
six legs, thirty claws, sixty teeth, and four thousand generations of deliberately bred rage!
' Despite this, she endears herself to the rest of Loritt's team and saves the day repeatedly.
he laughs keep on coming, especially what Tomlinson does with
branding on a luxury cruiser and the Fonald Plump automation. I do hope that this is only the beginning of First's story!
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