Escaping secrets and horrors of her past, human Rosemary joins the crew of the Wayfarer, punching holes through space. But she’s not the only one with a secret or a back story – from the Captain’s illicit love affair with another species, the slug-like cook’s mourning for his species to the technician’s love for an AI system every crew member’s life is complex and unique. As we journey through space each crew member faces challenges and decisions that shake them to their core, exploring modes of relationship, love and friendship all the way.
From the title of this book I somehow expected it to be thoughtful and literary – but instead was pleasantly surprised to find myself in the middle of a book that read mostly like a novel of Firefly! The structure is almost episodic as we focus on the different characters stories and various incidents. We’re given worlds with new species, customs and cultures to explore, and our own bizarre but wonderful cast of characters to enjoy it with. Parts of the story were a bit too sex focussed for my liking so I may not re-read for that reason – but as a whole relationships and love and the different forms thereof were a theme, so it wasn’t completely gratuitous at least.