A Bad Deal for the Whole Galaxy – Alex White

Releases: 12.11.18.

Synopsis: The crew of the legendary Capricious are rich enough to retire in comfort for the rest of their days, but none of it matters if the galaxy is still in danger.

Nilah and Boots, the ship’s newest crew-members hear the word of a mysterious cult that may have links back to an ancient and all-powerful magic. To find it, hot-headed Nilah will have to go undercover and find the source of their power without revealing her true identity. Meanwhile, Boots is forced to confront the one person she’d hoped never to see again: her old, turn-coat treasure-hunting partner.

“It swung a claw at her, arms extending like a bullwhip crack, and Nilah leapt off one of the shelves to get clear. Her calf muscle seared with pain as knifelike claws grazed her skin, tearing her pant leg. She landed hard, but soundly, and dashed off after Boots and Aisha.

The song positively cooed with bloodlust.”

If you read my review for A Big Ship at the Edge of the Universe, you’ll know that it was one of my favorite reads this year. I mean.. I flailed hard over it. Wicked hard! It’s one of those books that I cannot stop recommending to people. I’m all but shoving the book directly into their eye holes. It’s just so fucking good!

White throws you into the middle of the action right away! A Bad Deal for the Whole Galaxy continues on a year after the events of A Big Ship at the Edge of the Universe. Boots (who I L-O-V-E) has retired, but the gang wants her to join them for One More Job. It’s never as easy as it sounds & of course the crew on the Capricious run into many, many obstacles along the way. After all, you can’t be big damn heroes without encountering some villains!

This series contains phenomenal action sequences, a brilliant assortment of characters & an immersive backdrop of space-opera but with magic.. SPACE MAGIC! That juxtaposition when done right is fucking glorious!

Like this series.

So bloody fun!

Readers can’t help but make the Firefly comparisons with this, because it does have some of those qualities. As a pretty hardcore Browncoat, I’ve been wanting a Firefly novel forever (Big Damn Hero was finally just released.. excited to get to that in the new year!) Firefly means so damn much to me. Truly. This isn’t Firefly.. even with those slight undertones. But it *is* still wholly unique in it’s own way. It helps to fill the void that was left.. that ache that hasn’t gone away in over 15 years.

I would love if Alex wrote a Firefly novel. CAN YOU IMAGINE HOW EPIC THAT WOULD BE?! Oof. I loved their take on the Alien franchise, another favorite of mine. So I mean.. let’s do this! JUST TAKE MY GODDAMN MONEY ALREADY!!

“The crowd writhed and swayed, bodies in motion to a blistering-hot beat. Wisps of arcane fireworks drifted overhead–glimmering wireframe dragons and murmurations of cormorants spraying cool flakes of magic as they passed.”

My one issue with A Bad Deal for the Whole Galaxy was that it felt a little *too* chaotic at times. Personally, I love the in-between moments just as much as the raging action. I would have liked a few more quiet instances for the characters to just.. breathe. Otherwise, this was a brilliant sequel!

It’s brutal & gut-punchy & funny & atmospheric as fuck! There’s just something so genuine about White’s writing. One of the most unique voices right now, bringing a necessary freshness to the sci-fi world.

I am incredibly invested in the crew of the Capricious & cannot wait to see where their galaxy-spanning journey takes them next!

-Holly

(Endless thanks to Orbit Books for sending me a copy!)

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