A derelict ship and a splintered crew are not the rewards Ro had hoped for when she helped disrupt her father's plans to start a war with smuggled weapons. But with the responsibilities of full Commonwealth citizenship and limited resources, she is forced to take her father's place working as an engineer on Daedalus station while she and Barre try to repair their damaged freighter, Halcyone. Barre's brother, Jem, is struggling with the disabling effects of his head injury, unable to read or code. His only hope is to obtain a neural implant, but the specialists determine he is too young and his brain damage too extensive. When Jem disappears, his trail dead ends at the black market. Ro and Barre race to find Jem before he sells his future, risking his mind for an illegal neural implant. But they're not the only ones looking for "The Underworld" and its rogue planet, Ithaka. What they find endangers more than just the three of them and forces them to confront a very different truth about the war they believed was ancient history.
©2015 Lisa Janice (LJ) Cohen (P)2015 Lisa Janice (LJ) Cohen
I picked this book up knowing it was the second in a series, but that did not prove to be any obstacle to enjoying it. The background was filled in neatly without yards of tedious exposition and the story moved along at a good pace.
The reader does an excellent job with the various character voices, maintaining the differences and representing their physicality very well, but occasional it seemed as if he was reading the text for the first time at recording. This was not enough to prevent my enjoyment of the book, however, and I'll be looking for the third in the series.
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