In a future intersteallar empire run by corrupt and decadent Conglomerate, a great injustice forces Arran Islay to become a space pirate.
We start off with a vile torture prologue, then move to young Arran on Skye, recuperating from a serious childhood illness. The book appears to be an exercise in style, and I got only as far as chapter three before giving up. The overly precious style made my eyes slide off the page too many times. The occasional convoluted sentence like
might be forgivable, but these examples are taken from the same page -- and the whole thing (so far at least) is like this. I like to read transparent prose, that transports me to the world of the book, and doesn't make me notice the text on the page. With this style, I just keep on overflowing my parser stack, and having to backtrack. So this is not for me. But if you like adjectives, and nested clauses, maybe it is for you?
My other half informs me that Bretta Marytn is better than Henry Martyn, but in the same style. So I'll be giving it a miss.
Her older brother Wilson is equally set on quitting his job as a surveyor’s apprentice to become an asteroid hunter, a calling fraught with the promise of fabulous riches and the danger of sudden death. He will find a full share of romance and disappointment, love and loss, and pursue the asteroid hunter’s holy grail, the legendary Diamond Rogue.
Llyra’s training will require years, and a journey that will take her to Ceres, at one tenth Earth’s gravity, where her father bosses the Ceres Terraformation Project, to the one-sixth gravity of the Moon, to Mars and one third gravity, and finally to Earth. Along the way, she will survive jealous rivals, a hostile press, terrorist attacks, and the hijacking of a spaceliner in order to achieve her goal.
In the end, Llyra and Wilson will hear the call of the stars, themselves.