About You Sexy Thing by Cat Rambo
TwiceFar station is at the edge of the known universe, and that’s just how Niko Larson, former Admiral in the Grand Military of the Hive Mind, likes it.
Retired and finally free of the continual war of conquest, Niko and the remnants of her former unit are content to spend the rest of their days working at the restaurant they built together, The Last Chance.
But, some wars can’t ever be escaped, and unlike the Hive Mind, some enemies aren’t content to let old soldiers go. Niko and her crew are forced onto a sentient ship convinced that it is being stolen and must survive the machinations of a sadistic pirate king if they even hope to keep the dream of The Last Chance alive.
Review of You Sexy Thing
I’ve read that his books is ‘Farscape meets The Great British Bake-Off’. I don’t watch Bake-Off, but before I even read the official book blurb, Farscape often came to mind while I was reading this book.
There is a live ship, and a diverse crew that includes a plant-based sentient being. While there are no peacekeepers, there is despicable pirate gang. The element of prophecy steers the plot away from Farscape and onto its own path.
There is some humor, but the gang seems to be in such trouble all the time that it is hard to laugh. First, going to a prison planet. Then, prisoners of a pirate that hates Niko. The pirates were more violent that I wanted them to be considering that the rest of the story was less intense and flowed a little better.
The beginning of the book felt a little jumpy to me. Humor, prophecy, danger, and dining all seemed to be in conflict. It was as if the author was trying to figure out what kind of story this will be. In it, we meet the members of a former military unit who are now trying to establish themselves as restaurateurs. I’m sure there is much more to the story, and while you do learn a little of it, the backstory is thin.
The best part of this book is the very diverse cast of characters. Various non-human species, each with their own charms, bond as members of the crew that just want to create great food and make a name for themselves. And I always appreciate a sentient ship with an attitude. You Sexy Thing, is the name of the ship that a) likes having people travelling on it and b) is on its way to becoming one of the restaurant crew.
While there is a complete story, the ending indicates that the story may continue. More prophecy, bad guys and great meals are indicated.
Thanks to the publisher who provided a copy through NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.
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