Author: Elizabeth Moon
Series: Vatta's War #1
Genre: Space opera - unusual in that the main character is a trader, not a space navy captain. (She washed out of the academy.)
Setting: Mostly the trading vessel Glennys Jones, with a few on-planet scenes.
Reason for Reading: I have been hearing good things about this series, and I liked the first book in the Serrano series by the same author.
Finished In: Days
Copyright Date: 2003 (So I have a number of them to catch up on. Yay!)
Cover: A young woman holding a hologram in her hand. She's wearing a blue uniform and seems to be seated on a command deck.
First line: "Kylara Vatta came to attention in front of the Commandant's desk."
Themes: Failure, family, youth, trade, spaceships, fruitcake.
Best part: I really liked the main character.
Worst part: The back cover, in my opinion, gave away too much.
Imaginary Theme Song: "Pile ou Face" from 8 Femme. (Means "heads or tails" and is a song about letting life have its way with you.)
Grade: B, a solid B.
Recommended for: Space opera fans won't want to miss this. Also, if you ever wonder about who DOESN'T graduate at the top of their class at Starfleet Academy (or wherever) - what's the story there? - then read this book.
Related Reads: Hunting Party by the same author, On Basilisk Station by David Weber. And of course, Fledgling by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller. All these titles feature young women in space opera.