Summary: (5/5 stars)  I have mixed feelings about this book. I didn’t LOVE it, but I kind of loved it. 

Donovan is an alien world on the backside of nowhere and owned by The Corporation which intended to mine its plentiful mineral deposits.  Unfortunately, Donovan is the Australia of space and everything on the planet wants to kill people.  So, in the years since the last supply drop, the population of Donovan has made do with what they have and many of them have grown to despise life under The Corporation’s thumb. So, when a new corporate supervisor comes to the planet, things get… awkward.

Donovan is a dangerous and truly alien world. The universe the characters occupy is interesting and detailed. And I really love some of the characters. Parts of the novel seem a bit dry and cliche, but I still couldn’t get enough of it and I am kind of annoyed that the second and third books are not available right this minute for me to buy it. So, yeah.  A solid sci-fi adventure. Five stars.

SPOILER WARNING: From this point forward, I’m going to discuss this book without any concern about spoilers. So, if you don’t like spoilers you should stop reading now.

Donovan is an alien world on the backside of nowhere and owned by The Corporation which intended to mine its plentiful mineral deposits.  Unfortunately, Donovan is the Australia of space and everything on the planet wants to kill people.  So, in the years since the last supply drop, the population of Donovan has made do with what they have and many of them have grown to despise life under The Corporation’s thumb. So, when a new corporate supervisor comes to the planet, things get… awkward.

First of all, the supervisor arrives on her ship and there were a bunch of other ships that were supposed to arrive as well, but didn’t.  And then one of the other ships turns up, but everyone on that ship is dead and there are some temporal problems happening because of the way they travel faster than light.

Second, all the corporate structures have devolved into a very loose, nearly anarchic city-state arrangement in the wake of the murder of the last corporate leader by the current chief security officer.  (Technically, it was euthanasia after he was manipulated into accidental suicide… it’s an interesting story. Read the book to understand more.)

Third, there’s a psychopath loose.

Fourth, did I mention that everything on the planet is trying to kill people?  Some of the critters might even be sentient.  It’s not totally clear.

So, there’s a lot of adventure and a lot of mystery and a lot of moving parts.

I really love the character of Tal. She’s a badass and takes no shit.  I was SUPER pissed off when [major spoiler. So big I’m not going to say what it is.  But I love her and I loved what was happening and I am VEEEERY annoyed with what happened even though we saw it coming a zillion miles away.]

I kind of also like the character of Kalico, the corporate supervisor.  She doesn’t love the way things are going, but she is good at working with what she has.

I don’t even know what to make of the mystery with the spaceships that disappeared.  I can’t wait to learn more about that.

This book didn’t grab me.  I didn’t feel like, “OMG. I CAN’T WAIT TO READ JUST ONE MORE PAGE.”  But at the same time, I enjoyed it quite a lot and wanted to start the next book immediately.

If you like sci-fi and maybe a little horror/mystery, then this is a good one.