Review copy was received from NetGalley. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Stars Uncharted by S.K. Dunstall
Published by Ace on August 14, 2018
Genres: Space Opera
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Three people who are not who they claim to be:
Nika Rik Terri, body modder extraordinaire, has devoted her life to redesigning people's bodies right down to the molecular level. Give her a living body and a genemod machine, and she will turn out a work of art.
Josune Arriola is crew on the famous explorer ship the Hassim, whose memory banks contain records of unexplored worlds worth a fortune. But Josune and the rest of the crew are united in their single-minded pursuit of the most famous lost planet of all.
Hammond Roystan, the captain of the rival explorer ship, The Road, has many secrets. Some believe one of them is the key to finding the lost world.
Josune's captain sends her to infiltrate Roystan's ship, promising to follow. But when the Hassim exits nullspace close to Roystan's ship, it's out of control, the crew are dead, and unknown Company operatives are trying to take over. Narrowly escaping and wounded, Roystan and Josune come to Nika for treatment--and with problems of her own, she flees with them after the next Company attack.
Now they're in a race to find the lost world...and stay alive long enough to claim the biggest prize in the galaxy.
I didn’t even read the blurb before requesting this one. I just knew from the cover and title, Stars Uncharted, it was science fiction / space opera by an author I love. This was as enjoyable as their other books I have read.
We see the world mainly through the eyes of two strong, talented women. Nika is a body modder, which is several steps above a doctor. She can heal and drastically change a person’s looks. She is a genius in her field, an innovator, dedicated to her art and recognized to be the best. Unfortunately, she dated the wrong guy which could get her killed at some time.
Josune is an engineer on a well known exploration ship. They have been hunting and narrowing down where the treasures are which were found by an explorer years ago. That explorer did not share or document where he found this great wealth. So all the space explorers hunt for it. Josune loves the adventure and is a brilliant engineer. She has also learned to fight since others want the information her ship has gathered.
These women end up on the run together in a fight for survival on a smaller exploration ship. There’s nothing like a battle for your life to bring about personal growth and self awareness. My mind was challenged and my heart pounded as I wanted them to succeed. There are some really tense moments and some twisty surprises. It’s an exhilarating trip out in the stars.
Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
- 2018 New Release Challenge
- COYER BSBB