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REVIEW: Kitra – Gideon Marcus

Kitra - Gideon Marcus

Genre: Sci Fi, Young Adult

LGBTQ+ Category: Bi

Reviewer: SI

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About The Book

Stranded in space: no fuel, no way home…and no one coming to help.

Nineteen-year-old Kitra Yilmaz dreams of traveling the galaxy like her Ambassador mother. But soaring in her glider is the closest she can get to touching the stars–until she stakes her inheritance on a salvage Navy spaceship.

On its shakedown cruise, Kitra’s ship plunges into hyperspace, stranding Kitra and her crew light years away. Tensions rise between Kitra and her shipmates: the handsome programmer, Fareedh; Marta, biologist and Kitra’s ex-girlfriend; Peter, the panicking engineer, and the oddball alien navigator, Pinky.

Now, running low on air and food, it’ll take all of them working together to get back home.

The Review

The Martian meets Victories Greater Than Death in this debut novel by Gideon Marcus.

Kitra has finally saved up enough money to make her dream a reality: a ship of her own. She gathers her friends together to take it out for a quick spin – which doesn’t go quite to plan.

My one complaint is that the character of Pinky wasn’t as fully fleshed out as he could have been. Hopefully that’s rectified later in the series.

This YA space opera is full of casual diversity and found family. It’s a short, easy read involving a group of young adults working together to think their way out of an insurmountable problem, and I really enjoyed it!

The Reviewer

SI CLARKE is a misanthrope who lives in Deptford, sarf ees London. She shares her home with her partner and an assortment of waifs and strays. As someone who’s neurodivergent, an immigrant, and the proud owner of an invisible disability, she strives to present a diverse array of characters in her stories. And she loves reading about diverse characters too. 

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