Ensign Mackenzie Pickett is fresh out of space academy and ready for duty. She soon learns her new duty station will be anything but ordinary—from top secret experimental technology to space pirate human traffickers bent on capturing and selling her entire crew to the highest bidder.
Undermanned and outgunned, Mac and company must find a way to rescue their stolen shipmates before it is too late.
Mac has the perfect personality for a recent academy graduate—confident in her education, yet uneasy when it comes to real service. She is resourceful and determined to make her mark, yet knowingly unprepared for the responsibility of command, and this mix of competence and modesty is what makes for a likeable heroine. Her love interest Cale, a fellow ensign in the United Defense Alliance, provides both the comic relief and serves to bring out Mac’s personality. The last major character Rae (an artificial intelligence) makes things more interesting. I found myself looking for a little more character development for her, but the story doesn’t suffer from its relative absence.
All in all, this is a great work of sci-fi that shouldn’t be missed by any fan of the genre.