I received this book for free from MacMillan Audio in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
on August 2018
Genres: Science Fiction
Source: MacMillan Audio
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Perfect for fans of Firefly and James S. A. Corey's Expanse series, The Stars Now Unclaimed is a fun, adventure-filled ride around a far-future galaxy.
Jane Kamali is an agent for the Justified. Her mission: to recruit children with miraculous gifts in the hope that they might prevent the Pulse from once again sending countless worlds back to the dark ages.
Hot on her trail is the Pax--a collection of fascist zealots who believe they are the rightful rulers of the galaxy and who remain untouched by the Pulse.
Now Jane, a handful of comrades from her past, and a telekinetic girl called Esa must fight their way through a galaxy full of dangerous conflicts, remnants of ancient technology, and other hidden dangers.
And that's just the beginning . . .
This story had a lot of action and the premise was a bit interesting with “the pulse” and the various races. However, it didn’t seem to have that page-turner quality but was rather just middle of the road. The characters aren’t terribly deep and it mostly just turns into the main characters running away from the Pax until the end, when they fight them head-on. I did find the book entertaining, though the over-the-top profanity did take away from my enjoyment. And for me personally, all the humor in the book fell flat. Overall, an entertaining story marred but a less-than-stellar execution.