Summary form Goodreads:
Follow a motley crew on an exciting journey through space—and one adventurous young explorer who discovers the meaning of family in the far reaches of the universe—in this light-hearted debut space opera from a rising sci-fi star.
Rosemary Harper doesn’t expect much when she joins the crew of the aging Wayfarer. While the patched-up ship has seen better days, it offers her a bed, a chance to explore the far-off corners of the galaxy, and most importantly, some distance from her past. An introspective young woman who learned early to keep to herself, she’s never met anyone remotely like the ship’s diverse crew, including Sissix, the exotic reptilian pilot, chatty engineers Kizzy and Jenks who keep the ship running, and Ashby, their noble captain.
Life aboard the Wayfarer is chaotic and crazy—exactly what Rosemary wants. It’s also about to get extremely dangerous when the crew is offered the job of a lifetime. Tunneling wormholes through space to a distant planet is definitely lucrative and will keep them comfortable for years. But risking her life wasn’t part of the plan. In the far reaches of deep space, the tiny Wayfarer crew will confront a host of unexpected mishaps and thrilling adventures that force them to depend on each other. To survive, Rosemary’s got to learn how to rely on this assortment of oddballs—an experience that teaches her about love and trust, and that having a family isn’t necessarily the worst thing in the universe.
I waited way too long to finally dive into this character driven space opera and now that read it I understand why it is a well loved novel.
The writing. I loved Chambers writing style, the way she described the various aliens and gave voice to the characters emotions with her words. I savored the novel and gave it a 5-star rating because of the wonderful writing.
CHARACTERS. My god, the characters were amazing! This was perfect novel/series for me because what I love in the novel is well-crafted characters. Chambers had just that. I cannot say who I loved the most because every character had a distinct voice and I was able as a reader to connect to each of them in different ways.
World Building. The book mainly takes place on the Wayfarer (the ship) but the author does a great job of incorporating the world and different species. They only visit a handful of planet but the author makes up for that with the well-crafted back-stories of the alien characters. She's created a new universe that I hope continues because it has so many possibilities.
Plot/Twists. The plot was heavily focused on the characters and their relationships, which was interesting to see in a science-fiction novel. However, it still had some action packed moments and the various plot twists had me either tearing up or anxiously wanting to know what was going to happen next.
I recommend checking this out even if you are not a huge fan of science fiction, the characters and writing style make the novel a must read.
5 Stars Out of 5 Stars.