3.5/5 Derelict by LJ Cohen
Ro and a motley stow-away crew find trouble on a derelict ship.
What I Didn’t Enjoy:
- There’s a LOT of strong language in here, which is weird because the book otherwise seems aimed at young adults. I work with teenagers. Some of them curse, but very strong languages loses its impact when used this casually.
- There’s not one fleshed-out, competent, sympathetic adult. The adults here come in three flavors: overbearing jerks or manipulative, overbearing jerks or manipulative, overbearing, psychopathic jerks.
- The friendships and rivalries seemed genuine but there’s also a bizarrely paced, subtle (F/F) romance.
- At its heart, the plot’s actually rather simple. (Girl wants to get away. Girl and acquaintances get into trouble. Runaway ship nearly kills ’em all.)
- The purpose of Deadilus (sorry about spelling, I heard the audio version) was never really made clear. Is the station strictly for research or survival?
What I Enjoyed:
- The technology aspects of this book were pretty cool. The computer programming aspects were nicely described.
- The music integration and purpose where Halycone is concerned rocks.
- Bill Burrow’s performance fits very well.
- The four main characters are both well-developed and likable. I enjoyed how their names unfolded piece by piece. Their nicknames work.
If you’re okay with a lot of strong language and quite a bit of adult-bashing, you would probably enjoy this book.
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