am 19. März 2014
This is the second book in a series, and I recommend reading the first book before this one. The author does a nice job of recapping the backstory in the beginning, but there are a number of things that would otherwise be rather confusing.
The summary provided by Amazon above is pretty good, so I’ll just give you an overview of what I liked about the story:
What I liked:
The characters. Skeeter is cute, funny, and clumsy – now that I think about it, she somehow reminds me of a Labrador puppy. A lovable walking disaster. She’s an aspiring artist but works as a freighter captain to please her adoptive father. She reconciles the two things by painting her ship a bright pink and spending more time decorating the cabins than doing actual work. Then she meets Krac: a gray-skinned, eminently logical, merciless assassin. That might not sound very appealing, but he’s also an incredibly loyal friend with his own sense of honor. We get to read a lot of chapters from his perspective which I really enjoyed. He doesn’t know a lot about women (being raised in a laboratory), so his attempts to understand Skeeter often made me smile. Sparks fly, their interplay is enjoyable and Skeeter’s antics add a nice element of humor.
The conflict with the secret society that abducted Victoria keeps things interesting. There are kidnappings, attacks, hijackings, murder and mayhem. By the end of the book, we have a better understanding of what the society’s leader is striving for, but there are still a number of open questions for the next book.
What I didn’t like:
There are a number of rather huge coincidences that the plot hinges on. I’m not a big fan of coincidences. Sure, they happen, but not that often and usually not to that extent. They jar me out of the story because I can suddenly ‘feel’ the author leading the characters in the direction she wants them to go. For me, the story loses its flow.
On the other hand, I’m not reading this kind of book for its logical plot and solid scientific basis. It’s entertainment, pure and simple, and in that sense it does its job wonderfully. So I didn’t let a few little inconsistencies bother me all that much.
A thoroughly enjoyable book. Funny, entertaining, and a great way to leave the real world behind for a while. If you enjoyed the first book in the series, you will enjoy this one, too.