Shadow Run

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Author: Miller, Michael




Number Of Pages: 400

Release Date: 21-03-2017

Details: Product Description Firefly  meets Dune in this action-packed sci-fi adventure about a close-knit, found family of a crew navigating a galaxy of political intrigue and resource-driven power games.  Nev has just joined the crew of the starship Kaitan Heritage as the cargo loader. His captain, Qole, is the youngest-ever person to command her own ship, but she brooks no argument from her crew of orphans, fugitives, and con men. Nev can't resist her, even if her ship is an antique.  As for Nev, he's a prince, in hiding on the ship. He believes Qole holds the key to changing galactic civilization, and when her cooperation proves difficult to obtain, Nev resolves to get her to his home planet by any means necessary.  But before they know it, a rival royal family is after Qole too, and they're more interested in stealing her abilities than in keeping her alive.  Nev's mission to manipulate Qole becomes one to save her, and to survive, she'll have to trust her would-be kidnapper. He may be royalty, but Qole is discovering a deep reservoir of power--and stars have mercy on whoever tries to hurt her ship or her crew.  From School Library Journal Gr 8 Up—Shadow, a volatile and dangerous galactic energy sourced from the stars, can be harvested only through risky piloting known as "fishing," and it seems to permanently affect humans exposed to it. After coming into contact with it, some humans are driven mad, some become gifted, some experience both reactions, but all can expect an early death. Powerful and greedy families are willing to go to any lengths to acquire the key to shadow affinity, as it greatly enhances wealth and authority. Captain Qole Uvgamut is supposedly the youngest and most skilled shadow fishing captain in the galaxy and is also rumored to have a special shadow affinity. Nev Dracorte is posing as a shadow loader, hiding his true identity in an effort to persuade Qole to unlock the powers of shadow. These elements are skillfully combined into a grand space adventure, chock-full of action, battles of good and evil, love, and betrayal. The characters are well-developed; Nev and Qole's initial antagonism and mistrust are authentic, and their companions are also nicely fleshed out. The characters are diverse as well, including Basra, whose gender is flexible. The world-building is excellent, with a convincingly unique source of cosmic energy that has the potential for extraordinary power. The writing is accomplished; the plot, though familiar, has good twists; and the pace is appropriately fast. VERDICT Fans of the "Lunar Chronicles" by Marissa Meyer and the "Starbound" series by Amie Kaufman will especially enjoy this strong debut in the YA space opera genre.—Gretchen Crowley, formerly at Alexandria City Public Libraries, VA Review Praise for Shadow Run:   "An explosive debut! Shadow Run is a high-octane space tale that brings back everything there is to love about classic science fiction--I can't wait to see what these two come up with next!"--Lindsay Cummings, NYT bestseller of ZENITH   "A grand space adventure, chock-full of action, battles of good and evil, love, and betrayal. The world-building is excellent...Fans of the 'Lunar Chronicles' by Marissa Meyer and the 'Starbound' series by Amie Kaufman will especially enjoy this strong debut in the YA space opera genre." --School Library Journal "Readers will want to join Qole's crew."  -- Kirkus Reviews  About the Author ADRIANNE STRICKLAND AND MICHAEL MILLER  met in their hometown of Palmer, Alaska, where they agreed on books 99% of the time, and thus decided to write together. Michael grew up off the grid in a homestead in Alaska and ironically now works very much on the grid in IT and Web development. AdriAnne grew up in Nevada and now spends her summers as a commercial fisherwoman in Bristol Bay, Alaska, and the rest of her year writing. This is their first book together. You can find them on Twitter at @AdriAnneMS and @begemotike. Excerpt. © Repri

EAN: 9780399552533

Languages: English

Binding: Hardcover

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