I had this book for a while before I got around to it. Even after I started it, I misjudged the direction in which it was heading. By the time I finished the book, I had liked it. Not unlike the characters in the novel, I seemed to have gone on a ride of highs and lows in finishing this.
This is based in a dystopia of a world where humans have colonised the milky way and beyond. Travel between different planets is common but expensive. Paid work is slightly different from what we know in the real world. The world-building was simple and built upon itself as the story progressed. The thing I liked in the entire story was the characters – at least the good guys. They seemed realistic and interesting, I will not, however, comment on the bad guys because they were not convincing enough. That is probably why I liked the story in its entirety but was not blown away by it. It starts off like it might drift into a love story but after the first few chapters focuses more on their journey and the smaller issues (and later the bigger ones) plaguing them. It is essentially an adventure story set in space, in the future with some romance sprinkled in.
The writing was straightforward, easy and quick to read. Once I got going, I finished the book in one sitting.
I received an ARC thanks to NetGalley and the publishers, but the review is entirely based on my own reading experience.