“Rimrider” by L. A. Kelley

If you’re looking for rollicking Young Adult Science Fiction, this is your book. It has all the required elements: a fleet of independent space traders being squeezed by a suppressive multinational corporation, a pair of orphans taken in by a welcoming spaceship crew, and even a cute extraterrestrial creature with telepathy. There is also an “ideal” earth society that keeps its purity by sending those with individualistic ideals to the mines that supply the Company’s ships with fuel to keep the whole space economy going. It all that sounds familiar, don’t be surprised. It’s the formula for this genre, and Kelley hits all the bases.

Adding to the enjoyment is a heroic and likeable young lady for the main character, and a supporting cast that are perhaps a bit “nice,” considering the environment they derive from.

Then there is enough espionage and skullduggery to make you want to keep turning the pages. And a teaser for the next story at the end to guarantee you’ll keep reading.

This story does not stand out in the list of books of its sort, but it definitely holds its own. Recommended for the YA market and anyone else who wants an entertaining light read.

(4 / 5)

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