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.
***Thanks to NetGalley and Solaris for an eARC of this book. The following review is my honest reflection on the text provided.
Under Fortunate Stars is so good – I can’t stop thinking about this book and I wish it was a series. Not that it would really work with this story, but I want more to read!
It took a few chapters to get into this story, and at first, I didn’t have high hopes. The characters felt stereotypical – expected caricatures of the space opera genre – and I had no idea what was going on. But at some point, I realised that my perspective had shifted, and I was entirely engrossed in the story. Though these characters appeared superficial initially, there is a lot of hidden depth and complexity to be revealed as we learn their stories.
I love that even though this is a pretty intense story with high stakes and serious danger, the tone never feels too heavy. The back stories are captivating and add weight and importance to the central storyline. Under Fortunate Stars is an incredibly unique book, and I can’t wait to see what Hutchings writes next.