Rachel Bach, 2013
Premise: Devi Morris is a merc with a goal: get into the most elite unit on her home planet. To do so before anyone else her age, she plans to get some bonus points spending a year pulling security duty on a ship known for trouble. But with a crew full of secrets, and even more trouble than Devi's got plasma shots, she may not make it out at all.
However, this book is superior, because it's in SPACE!
I had heard nothing but good things going into this book, and I can see why. Devi is awesome. Kick-ass, naturally, funny and clever. Stubborn and bad-tempered too, prone to shooting first and maybe asking questions if the other guy pulls through. (Her anger is something I really connect with.) She's not at the start of her career; she's a professional and it always shows. She's an adult, comfortable with her sexuality and her ambition.
I love her.
The world is intriguing and well-constructed. It's not hard sci-fi, but it doesn't pretend to be.
I did have a couple quibbles. Devi spends a lot of this book up against people way out of her weight class. There's a good reason for this, but I just wanted maybe one more out-and-out win for her early on.
The book ends on a cliffhanger that made me rather crazy, until I saw that the first chapter of the second one was in my kindle copy. (Plus, books two and three are already out, so: yay, no waiting!)
Overall, this book lived up to the hype. It's super fun and hard to put down. Devi is my kind of hero.
4 Stars - A Very Good Book