I normally do not read books about spaceships, having tired of that motif a decade ago. This story sounded interesting, and it turned out exactly that way. The lead character, Mariel, is a strong, wounded healer, a warrior with peaceful instincts, a dreamer who’s been gaslighted into wondering if her dreams are delusions. Several of the secondary characters are strong and loveable. The plot develops at a good pace and maintains interest. The ending is one of the most satisfying I’ve read this year. And the theme is a theme for our time and knocks your socks off. – Amazon Review
“… a heroine you can root for …. a compelling read for space opera addicts. ” —The BookLife Prize in Fiction.
“combines strength and grace in a way that instantly wins the reader over to her perspective and her values, her every cause…” —Writer’s Digest.
In 2177, twelve-year-old Meriel Hope solo-jumped into Procyon System with a ship full of dead people. Ten years later, the most powerful interests in the galaxy aim to kill her for what she might remember.
Murdered parents and a busted spaceship, that’s what pirates left to Meriel and the orphans from the Light Speed Merchant Princess. But her past will not stay buried. While searching for a mythical planet called Home, she trips alarms that protect the killers…
… and the biggest secret in human history.
Meriel has only days to untangle the mysteries surrounding her parents’ death or face her own. What she finds can save the far-star colonies from extinction, but it makes her a target.
And this time she won’t escape.
If you liked Serenity and Blade Runner, and want more kick-ass heroines like Bobbie or Ripley, you’ll like Home: Interstellar.
Next in the epic saga, don’t miss Pandora’s Razor.
“Reminiscent of Ray Bradbury, early Heinlein, or Alan Dean Foster. Characters who are realistic, not perfect…” ***** Goodreads Review
“Great Story! Great World Building!” ***** Goodeads Review
About the Author
Ray Strong grew up on Chicago’s South Side with all its ethnic charm and terror. In college there, he learned how to build spaceships and has since spent his career in high-tech industries.
Ray learned to read using the Little Orphan Annie comic books (yes, really). He first tasted the science fiction of Andre Norton and Robert Heinlein at the 79th Street Public library. As an adult, he bought back issues of Heavy Metal just for “Starstruck” and still hopes for the next episode in the Chanur saga.
Chasing tech and better weather, Ray now lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife, three kids, and three dogs. A geek by nature, he’s saving up for a trip to outer space.
His novels have won awards from Writer’s Digest, the Global eBook Award, and the Reader’s Favorite International Book Award.