To Laura Stein, they’re morons and, other than a small handful of friends, she’d rather spend time with her meat plant than with any of her fellow passengers. But when one of her subordinates is murdered while out on a job, Laura takes it as her responsibility to find out what happened. She expects to find a personal grudge or a drug deal gone wrong, but instead stumbles upon a conspiracy that could tear the ship in two.
Labelled a terrorist and used as a pawn in the ultimate struggle for control, Laura, with help from her friend Bruce and clues left by a geneticist from the past, digs deep into the inner working of the ship, shimmying her way through ductwork, rallying the begrudged passengers to rise up and fight, and peeking into an unsavory past to learn the truth and save their future. (Goodreads)
Thanks to LibraryThing and the publisher for a copy in exchange for my honest opinion.
Okay, here's the thing: I've decided that I'm not too much of a fun of books set on spacecraft. I really don't know why this is, but it's the truth. I have a hard time with them, even when it comes to books like this where the craft is gigantic and most of the time it's not like they're on a ship at all. Except for the roving bands of really bored people. That being said, there was still some fun aspects to this book that kept me reading. For starters, it was hilarious. Laura and Bruce made me laugh quite a bit. And the antics that happen onboard were enough to keep me interested, if not a little frustrated at times (bureaucratic nonsense at it's finest), and I did find myself cheering on Laura and her quest to keep the ship together. There were definitely parts where I wondered why things were drawn out quite so much (and often this seemed to be more for a witty punchline than anything else), and I skimmed a bit when it was more tedious than I really needed/cared for. Overall, it's an interesting book, though not as high up my list as some others!
Have your read this one? Thoughts about books on spacecraft? Other comments?