Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine where we readers salivate over the books we wish were on our bookshelves yesterday.
This week’s victim: Barbary Station by R.E. Stearns
Publication Date: October 31st, 2017 by Saga Press
Adda and Iridian are newly-minted engineers, but in a solar system wracked by economic collapse after an interplanetary war, an engineering degree isn’t worth the paper it’s printed on. Desperate for gainful employment, they hijack a colony ship, planning to join a pirate crew at Barbary Station, an abandoned shipbreaking station in deep space.
But when they arrive at Barbary Station, nothing is as they expected. The pirates aren’t living in luxury — they’re hiding in a makeshift base welded onto the station’s exterior hull. The artificial intelligence controlling the station’s security system has gone mad, trying to kill all station residents. And it shoots down any ship that tries to leave, so there’s no way out.
Adda and Iridian have one chance to earn a place on the pirate crew: destroy the artificial intelligence. The last engineer who went up against the security system suffered explosive decapitation, and the pirates are taking bets on how the newcomers will die. But Adda and Iridian plan to beat the odds.
There’s a glorious future in piracy…if they can survive long enough
So, this book seems really interesting.
I’m not sure if it will have the humor of Zieja’s Epic Failure trilogy or Curtis C. Chen’s Waypoint Kangaroo, but the premise certainly made me think about those two series, which have been my favorite science fiction reads of late (so much so that I continually search for other books that combine hilarious adventures with memorable characters in really deadly situations in space). So perhaps it’s in the same vein. If nothing else, it certainly seems interesting as all hell and it’s written by a female author, which I’m always down for.
So yeah, you could say I’m excited for Barbary Station to come out this Halloween. I’ll be adding it to my To-Read list.