When a reckless young computer programmer resurrects the damaged AI on a long dormant freighter, she and her accidental crew expose explosive secrets from a war they were taught ended decades ago.
Welcome to the universe of Halcyone Space.
Charged with protecting Ithaka and its covert rebellion from discovery, Ro and the members of Halcyone's crew learn to lead double lives within the Commonwealth. Their plans to hide in plain sight disintegrate when Alain Maldonado -- Ro's father -- returns seeking revenge and takes a hostage to ensure their cooperation. As the former shipmates track Maldonado down, each course they plot endangers the life of his hostage, threatens to reveal Ithaka, and uncovers conspiracies that could brand them all traitors.
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The action and characters grab you and you can put the books down.
There is a lot to love about this novel, including a rescue mission that had me glued to the pages, but I think this installment also showed some particularly wonderful character development. Halcyone's young crew have had to do a lot of growing up as they cope with some hefty issues, and I'm beginning to see the adults they're going to be. Ro is (slowly) getting her prickly anti-social kneejerk impulses under control, and Barre has finally found where he fits in without having to change who he is. Jem is still having brain problems, but there's some light at the end of the tunnel now. I also really loved Micah and his storyline, as I think he's one of the most intriguing guys in the series. Robert Frost would have said Micah has far to go before he sleeps. We're also introduced to a new character named Dev, who I hope will remain part of the series because she has some mad survival skills. Seriously, we need this gal on the ship, LJ. I've loved this universe since I read the first book two years ago, and the sequel was just as cool. This is the kind of science fiction I grew up reading, with characters you felt were like real friends, who would take you through galactic playgrounds where anything might happen. It gives me hope, too, that someday maybe the color of our skin and the shape of our eyes or who we fall in love with won't be judged by the nimrods. I know, but hey, a girl can dream -- and that's what these books are filled with, too. It's what makes them such a pleasure to read. I highly recommend Dreadnought and Shuttle by LJ Cohen as an excellent addition to anyone's SF shelves.
Ithaka survived and is still hidden, major catastrophe was averted and scores of readers sighed sadly that the story was done. Not to worry! Even though everything *seemed* calm after Ithaka Rising, LJ Cohen's second book in her Halcyon series, nothing really was. The next book in the series, Dreadnought and Shuttle, has even more death-defying actions by the plucky crew we first met in Derelict. Micah is off at University, getting used to not being in the shadow of his father, Jem is getting used to the upgrade to his brain, and Ro is getting used to not having to worry about her father. Well, not quite. Micah runs into a few snags at school, not the least of which is his new roommate. Jem's brain is still fighting him. Oh, and Ro's father is still around and still causing trouble (of course he is!). When he tries to wreak absolute havoc, the crew has to solve things once again, while still trying to stay out of trouble with the authorities. They are helped, in strange ways,by a new potential member of the crew and strong candidate for a love interest, one that looks to be able to give everyone else a run for their money and capable of dealing out what-for on several levels. The only thing I did not like about this book was turning the last page. When's the next one, Ms. Cohen?!