In this dark, dangerous, roller coaster of a debut, a young man sets out on a single-minded quest for revenge across a breathtaking multiverse filled with aliens, mind-bending tech, and ships beyond his wildest imagining. Essa Hansen's is a bold new voice for the next generation of science fiction readers.
Caiden's planet is destroyed. His family gone. And, his only hope for survival is a crew of misfit aliens and a mysterious ship that seems to have a soul and a universe of its own. Together they will show him that the universe is much bigger, much more advanced, and much more mysterious than Caiden had ever imagined. But the universe hides dangers as well, and soon Caiden has his own plans. He vows to do anything it takes to get revenge on the slavers who murdered his people and took away his home. To destroy their regime, he must infiltrate and dismantle them from the inside, or die trying. Finalist for r/Fantasy Stabby Awards for Best Debut! One of the most highly praised science fiction debuts of the year:
"A killer story with real heart and soul."-Alastair Reynolds
"A fast-paced, action-filled ride through the multiverse" - Library Journal (starred)
"A strong, rollercoaster of a debut." - Gareth L Powell
"Gripping and inventive" - Megan E O'Keefe
"Mesmerizing" - Fantasy Book Critic
"Reads like a Becky Chambers novel crossed with Firefly"--Michael Mammay The Graven Trilogy Nophek Gloss