When you're a privateer, running a starship is a family business. For Tycho Hashoone, his twin sister, Yana, and their older brother, Carlo, the family business is far from easy.
They have to please the Jovian Union, a coalition of planets against Earth that keeps the Hashoones employed. They have to dodge the odious Earth diplomats and the dreaded Jupiter pirates. But hardest of all, the siblings must impress their mother, Captain Diocletia Hashoone, who keeps a log of how they perform on every test, simulation, and mission. Because while the three siblings might be crew members together aboard the Shadow Comet, only one of them can be the next ship captain.
Talk about sibling rivalry.
Part high-seas adventure, part space-age epic, the Jupiter Pirates is a wholly original saga about a galaxy on the brink of war and one unforgettable family caught in the middle of it.
About the Author
Jason Fry is the New York Times bestselling author of Star Wars: The Clone Wars: The Visual Guide and more than twenty other books, including The Jupiter Pirates: Hunt for the Hydra and The Jupiter Pirates: Curse of the Iris. Besides space pirates, he writes about baseball, music, travel, and anything else that strikes his fancy. He lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife and son.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Snappy Space Fun I probably wouldn't have picked this book up if Jason Fry hadn't tweet about it - the book is targeted towards younger readers (8-12 y/o), and even though I intellectually know there's great stuff there I struggle with my biases towards adult and YA lit. And me missing this book would have been a shame, because it's the most fun read I've had in recent months. The book focuses on a family of privateers who engage in interstellar piracy. Despite being relatively short, each character is given a chance to fully develop, from the brash and trigger happy Yana to the stern but compassionate Diocletia. The family is well developed in general; we see them navigate conflicts while maintaining cohesion, and find ways to balance their dual roles as both crew and kin. It's very easy to become emotionally attached, which pays of well in the final act. Even more curmudgeonly characters like Huff are very likable in the end. While focusing closely on the family relationships, this book does a good job of capturing larger galactic intrigue. The plot is centered on political subterfuge, and is presented in a way that is both complex and accessible. Fry doesn't talk down to younger readers, but instead illustrates more abstract and indirect processes organically. As a result, the book serves as a good introduction to more politically oriented science fiction. Finally, I would be remiss if I didn't comment on the action and fun of the book. The dialogue is quick, smart, and clever, and there's a handy appendix of naval terms if readers have a hard time keeping up. The action is written in a very clean manner, so that readers can track what's happening without being overwhelmed. And throughout it all, there's a sense of energy, lightness, and fun; the reader never feels bogged down with details and the world building never feels irrelevant to the storyline. Whether you're looking for a book series to introduce your young reader to modern science fiction, or if you're looking for something fun and rewarding for an adult reader, this book will deliver. It's way more fun than it has any right to be. Needless to say, Book 2 is on my shopping list!