High school junior Eris Miller thinks she’s having a bad day when her roommate’s boyfriend catches her stepping out of the shower wearing nothing but a towel. Then she gets abducted by scaly six-armed aliens with a strange fondness for the color blue, and her day suddenly gets a whole lot worse.

Trapped on a spaceship bound for the slave markets of Sirius B, Eris fears she’ll never see her home again. But then fate whisks her away from her reptilian captors and into the arms of Varrin, a fast-talking space pirate who promises to deliver her safely back to Earth. He claims to have her best interests at heart, but Eris soon discovers that her charming rescuer has a hidden agenda.

As they race across the galaxy, outrunning a villainous figure from Varrin’s past, Eris begins to realize that their relationship is putting her planet, her life and her heart in imminent danger. She knows that trusting Varrin could prove deadly … but what other choice does she have?

When I first started to read this book, I sensed a similarity between it and Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, but with one major difference. That difference being that I actually enjoyed this book. Don’t get me wrong, Hitchhikers is a good book, and I usually enjoy ‘English’ humor, by not so much with Hitchhikers…but I digress.
This story is about Eris, a human teenage girl that gets abducted by some really nasty aliens. Through a strange series of events, she finds herself being taken captive multiple times. Along with a fellow prisoner (a short, hairy alien/monkey hybrid looking thing), she finds herself held captive and entirely captivated by the space criminal Varrin…an outcast from his society with an intersting background.
When I got into this story, I was a bit worried it would end up being a ‘space romance’, as there is clearly chemistry between Eris and Varrin, but I was pleasantly surprised by the outcome. The characters are very well written, the storyline is fun, if not a bit predictable, but not to a level of allowing the reader to lose interest. On the contrary; I’ve read a lot of books, and sort of knew what was going to happen, but I didn’t care. I still wanted to read it. The book is that good.
The level of detail and development of the universe and all it’s strange denizens is well done. Eris is a strong female character, even if she may not know that about herself. The supporting characters fit well within the storyline and the storyline has just enough twists and turns to make you want more. Because of this well-written book, I have purchased the second in the series and look forward to giving it a read. I highly recommend this book.
4.5 of 5 Stars (which rounds to 5)