Fleeing the final days of the generations-long war with the alien Felen, smuggler Jereth Keeven’s freighter the Jonah breaks down in a strange rift in deep space, with little chance of rescue…
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About the Book
Under Fortunate Stars
by Ren Hutchings
Publishing 12 May 2022
Genre: Time Travel Science Fiction
Page Count: 480
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Fleeing the final days of the generations-long war with the alien Felen, smuggler Jereth Keeven’s freighter the Jonah breaks down in a strange rift in deep space, with little chance of rescue—until they encounter the research vessel Gallion, which claims to be from 152 years in the future.
The Gallion‘s chief engineer Uma Ozakka has always been fascinated with the past, especially the tale of the Fortunate Five, who ended the war with the Felen. When the Gallion rescues a run-down junk freighter, Ozakka is shocked to recognize the Five’s legendary ship—and the Five’s famed leader, Eldric Leesongronski, among the crew.
But nothing else about Leesongronski and his crewmates seems to match up with the historical record. With their ships running out of power in the rift, more than the lives of both crews may be at stake.
My Rating: 5 Stars
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Under Fortunate Stars is space opera at its best with a time travel plotline worthy of original Star Trek. Have I sparked interest? Good! You need to read this book.
I could sit here and summarize the book, re-write the synopsis, or break down POVs and timelines in detail, but I’m not going to do that. This book already has lots of those reviews and a glower above-4 star rating, it doesn’t need more long-winded reviews.
What I will say is that the characters absolutely won me over. True to the space opera end of the scifi genre (as opposed to hard science fiction,) this book is all about inter-character relationships and dymaincs, and that is just so well done in this book. I loved all the banter! These characters can talk about absolutely anything and I’m invested. The characters themselves are built on interesting foundations, as well. Smugglers, academics, and historic heroes displaced in time. What more do we need?
I’ve heard this is a debut and that blows me away! If you love space opera, not only do you owe it to yourself to check out this book, but keep an eye out for more from Ren Hutchings.