Series: Paradox #1
Published by Orbit Books on November 5th 2013
Genres: Adult, Sci-Fi
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Devi Morris isn't your average mercenary. She has plans. Big ones. And a ton of ambition. It's a combination that's going to get her killed one day - but not just yet.
That is, until she just gets a job on a tiny trade ship with a nasty reputation for surprises. The Glorious Fool isn't misnamed: it likes to get into trouble, so much so that one year of security work under its captain is equal to five years everywhere else. With odds like that, Devi knows she's found the perfect way to get the jump on the next part of her Plan. But the Fool doesn't give up its secrets without a fight, and one year on this ship might be more than even Devi can handle.
If Sigouney Weaver in Alien met Starbuck in Battlestar Galactica, you'd get Deviana Morris -- a hot new mercenary earning her stripes to join an elite fighting force. Until one alien bite throws her whole future into jeopardy.
I was looking at my Goodreads stats a little while ago and noticed that I tend to swing high on ratings. This worries me, I don’t want my five stars to become meaningless. I decided to reserve five star ratings for books that make me want to punch things they’re so fantastic. It was to be the dawn of a new day of responsible, thoughtful ratings where a full five is rare.
Then, of course, I read Fortune’s Pawn.
Wall-punchingly amazing? Check.
A ZOMG I LOVE THIS WOMAN MC? Check.
Totally shippable, swoonworthy ship? Check.
Exciting, action packed plot with an intriguing mystery to be unraveled? Check.
Basically, Fortune’s Pawn deserves those five stars and then some. So, new plan, we’re going to institute a codeword system. From here on out I will continue to like things with the full breadth of my enthusiasm (I’m not sorry, while ranting can be fun, I generally enjoy liking things more) and will let you know when a book is the best of the best of the best (ala Newsflesh or Lumatere) with a TBD codeword. Or gif.
Possibly this gif:
(Or maaaaaaybe I just wanted an excuse to spend more time looking up Sherlock on tumblr. It’s hard to tell. I don’t know, we can work out the details later.)
ANYWAY, let me tell you about Fortune’s Pawn.
This is the kind of science fiction I’ve been looking for. It has all of the excellent action bits and fun futuristic spaceshippy setting that are required of the genre (without being overwhelming or dry, always a plus with world-building). But where this book really stands up and delivers is with it’s characters.
Devi is the shiz. I know I say MC’s are badass a lot (seriously, I have some bad habits that need shaking) but Devi really is. She a tough-as-nails mercenary who lives for the fight. She has four loves in her life: her armour, her pistol, her shotgun and her knife/sword/space-age machete thing (named The Lady Gray, Sasha, Mia and Phoebe respectively. I’m telling you, she’s the best.). As Christina pointed out when I assaulted her with my flaily fangirling, Devi’s basically a gender-swapped Jayne (an observation so on point, it’s put down roots in my brain and I now picture Devi in her suit wearing an orange and yellow knit cap with ear flaps) and OH MY GOD DID THE WORLD NEED THIS.
(How’d that get there?)
The awesome characterization continues with the crew of the Glorious Fool. Hy’reck, the ships doctor is fantastic. He’s snarky and cranky and not afraid to show it (in short, my favorite kind of person). Nova, Devi’s roommate is adorable. She’s Devi’s opposite in every way and I particularly like how Devi appreciates that as opposed to looking down on her. Yay for beautiful friendships!
(Yes, I am still on tumblr. Why do you ask?)
And then there’s Rupert. He’s sexy, smart, capable loner-type who’s also a total sweetheart when you get under his smooth, blank shell.
(Seriously, you guys, I think I have a problem.)
It’s hard to talk about Rupert too much without spoilers (that in itself is a bit of a spoiler, but it takes all of a chapter with him present to realize the dude’s got secrets) and the same goes for many of the reasons the ship is so extremely shippable, so you’re going to have to trust me, okay? It’s a good ship with many a squealy moment.
Fortune’s Pawn reminded me why I love scifi. It’s exciting, it’s fun, it’s mysterious and it’s also got juuuuuust enough romance to set my heart aflutter without overshadowing the larger plot. I highly recommend you read it. If for nothing else, to fill out my support group (THAT ENDING. NO FAAAAAAIIR) so we can group hug while we wait patiently (ha!) for Honor’s Knight.