Mutiny at Vesta (Shieldrunner Pirates, #2)
Adda Karpe and Iridian Nassir have escaped the AI that tried to kill them on Barbary Station, and earned themselves coveted spots as engineers on Captain Sloane’s pirate crew. Now they’re enroute to Sloane’s home base on Vesta to start the lives they’ve dreamed and worked for, as wildly successful pirates. In the asteroid belt, they’ll finally be able to start stealing from the megacorporations that would’ve kept them apart if they’d opted to work legally.Unfortunately, the political situation on Vesta has deteriorated in Captain Sloane’s absence. Instead of running the place, Sloane and the crew find themselves trapped in a contract with Oxia Corp., one of the very megacorporations they’d hoped to prey on. Oxia is terrifyingly powerful, with a reputation for getting what they want—and they want Sloane’s crew working for them. Instead of stealing from the rich, they’re forced to rob and intimidate targets they’d never have chosen on their own, all for a shadowy corporate overlord with a dangerous secret.But Adda and Iridian didn’t pull off the heist of the century and survive a murderous AI just to be defeated by a megacorporation. If they’re ever going to have the independent life together that they’ve always wanted, they’ll have to free themselves from Oxia Corp.—or die trying.

Mutiny at Vesta (Shieldrunner Pirates, #2) Details

TitleMutiny at Vesta (Shieldrunner Pirates, #2)
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LanguageEnglish
ReleaseOct 2nd, 2018
PublisherSaga Press
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GenreScience Fiction

Mutiny at Vesta (Shieldrunner Pirates, #2) Review

  • Sarah (CoolCurryBooks)
    January 1, 1970
    Mutiny at Vesta is the sequel to Barbary Station, a sci-fi novel where badass lesbian space pirates fight a rogue AI. While you could theoretically read Mutiny at Vesta without having read Barbary Station first, I still suggest picking up Barbary Station. Also, there’s legit no way I can avoid spoilers for Barbary Station in this review. You have been warned.Adda, Iridian, and Captain Sloan have made it off Barbary Station and onto what was Captain Sloan’s home base: Vesta. Only, in the years Sl Mutiny at Vesta is the sequel to Barbary Station, a sci-fi novel where badass lesbian space pirates fight a rogue AI. While you could theoretically read Mutiny at Vesta without having read Barbary Station first, I still suggest picking up Barbary Station. Also, there’s legit no way I can avoid spoilers for Barbary Station in this review. You have been warned.Adda, Iridian, and Captain Sloan have made it off Barbary Station and onto what was Captain Sloan’s home base: Vesta. Only, in the years Sloan has been gone, Vesta has been overtaken by Oxia Corp., one of the megacorporations that essentially runs the solar system. And Oxia’s decided that it’d like to have a crew of space pirates to do their dirty work. While Oxia’s forcing them to go on shady missions, Adda and Iridian begin plotting a way to free the crew, and Vesta, from Oxia’s control.In my review of the first book, I mentioned that characterization could have been stronger. Happily, I think characterization improved in Mutiny at Vesta. I have a much stronger sense of who Adda and Iridian are, and even the supporting characters are sticking in my memory better. Voice still isn’t as defined as it probably could have been, but it’s also an improvement over the first book.In Barbary Station, I loved the awakened AIs. It’s such a fantastic concept! Plus, they feel very unique and have that mysterious intentions and ambiguity that I love finding in non-human sentience. I still don’t know what their intentions or goals are, and if there’s a book three, I’ll be reading it to find out.Pacing and plot probably could have been stronger, and I think the two problems are interrelated. The first, say… 60%? of the novel was structured like this: Oxia gives the crew a risky, morally questionable job that they have to complete under threat of arrest or death. Adda and Iridian use their brains and courage to win out, and in turn Oxia gives them another problem. Of course, during all this they are searching for a way to defeat Oxia, but I still felt like the plot structure was too much “A happens, then B happens” and not enough “A happens, which makes B happen.” I think this plot structure is why it took so long for Mutiny at Vesta‘s pacing to pick up. But I should be clear: it did eventually pick up, mostly after we get through with the Oxia jobs and move onto the meat of defeating the corporation.While I may have criticisms, I’ll still read a third book if one is published. There’s plenty I like about the series, and I’m beginning to grow attached to Adda and Iridian.I received an ARC in exchange for a free and honest review.Review from The Illustrated Page.
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  • Doctor Science
    January 1, 1970
    More adventures of lesbian space pirates! Heists! Rogue AIs! so much driving plot I stayed up until 3am reading it all in one gulp.Things I especially like:1. Some are born neurodivergent, some achieve neurodivergence, some have it thrust upon them. 2. None of the rag-tag band come from wealth or power. I am SO SICK of aristocrats.3. The setting is inside the Solar System, and the text doesn't gloss over how inimical it is for human life. There's radiation we need to be protected from, and micro More adventures of lesbian space pirates! Heists! Rogue AIs! so much driving plot I stayed up until 3am reading it all in one gulp.Things I especially like:1. Some are born neurodivergent, some achieve neurodivergence, some have it thrust upon them. 2. None of the rag-tag band come from wealth or power. I am SO SICK of aristocrats.3. The setting is inside the Solar System, and the text doesn't gloss over how inimical it is for human life. There's radiation we need to be protected from, and microgravity is unhealthy for any sustained period. We can't just go bouncing around out there.4. Adda & Iridian are in a f/f relationship, but they don't have the same sexuality. Iridian is what we'd call bi or pan ("ooo look, sexy people!"), while Adda is 100% lesbian ("I guess he's hot? for a guy?"). Stearns is apparently in a het marriage, but she really gets it.5. Are AIs your friend? your enemy? stay tuned for the next exciting installment, I hope!
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