Shocked by mutations caused by FTL (faster-than-light) travel, generations ago Earth's population withdrew from interstellar space, abandoning struggling colonies. When the colonist's descendants, the mutated Variants, rediscovered FTL travel only Gueran pilots (members of the Outspace Guild) could bring them safely through the anniq. This transportation monopoly offers the Guild almost total control over interstellar trade-a situation frustrating for Earth's corporations. Now a computer virus is attacking the minds of the Gueran pilots, threatening to disrupt the communication and trade upon which human civilization depends. Suddenly, Jamisia, an orphaned teenage girl reared in the Shido Corporation's Earth-orbit habitat, is rousted from bed into an escape pod during a corporate raid and shot off toward a rendezvous with an interstellar liner, pursued by the raiders who were after her all along. Jamisia must discover both who she is and why she is being pursued before she can figure out how to escape. During her flight, the reader gains an overview of the disparate cultures of the habitats, the interstellar liners, the Variant colonies, and the interstellar space stations where the Earthies and Variants meet to trade. Aided by a Gueran theoretician, a station "moddie" (computer hacker), and the Outspace Guild themselves, Jamisia and the multiple personalities that occupy her body must work together for the survival not only of a teenage girl, but of civilization itself. A must buy for all high school libraries, Friedman's novel is a fast-paced flight through a well-constructed future civilization. Her viewpoint characters are vividly realized and sympathetic, as are the supporting cast, the credible settings, and the varied motivations-all of which are rendered believable through minimal exposition. This combination of a disaster thriller with a coming-of-age novel has a skillful pacing, which carries the reader along so that the length and depth of the book are not overwhelming. VOYA Codes: 4Q 4P S A/YA (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses, Broad general YA appeal, Senior High-defined as grades 10 to 12 and adults).