Space Rebels by Ellie Potts
Publisher: No Boundaries Press
Genre: Action/Adventure, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full Length (160 pages)
Rating: 5 stars
Reviewed by Orchid
In the future the Earth is in the midst of a civil war against the rich and the poor. People have escaped off to the Moon or the new colonies on Mars to get away from the fighting. On a cargo ship a group of misfits are trying to stay away from the war, but soon they are thrown back into it whether they like it or not.
Corey and Matt have struck out on their own in the space ship Marigold (love the name) and gathered around them several other unusual or some would say oddball characters. There's a pilot from the moon, detectable by his burgundy eyes, a chubby chef married to a research scientist - also from the moon; a sharpshooter and a young boy who is an engineering genius. Corey is a computer genius while Matt is the Captain but while she knows all about Matt's past, Corey keeps her personal history hidden.
The Marigold and her crew are on the side of the rebels who are at war with the GO (Galactic Order) of Earth. Their task is made harder by Captain Trefold of the Mars Patrol who is out to arrest them for any accusation he can make stick. Things get more complicated when Corey's past catches up with her and someone in the crew becomes a traitor.
The characters in Space Rebels welcomed me into their world until I felt I was actually there with them, traveling through space, and trying to help them overcome their problems. Matt and Corey were a typical couple who could have had more than a close working friendship, but both were too scared to take the next step. The other crew members were unique but warm, loving characters. I really liked the ship's name Marigold. Unpretentious, but a name which gave the vessel a personality.
This is a great book with well defined worlds and politics whose characters fit perfectly into the story. It's obvious I enjoyed reading Space Rebels and although the book ended on a high, I really hope the author will write a sequel. Well done Ms Potts, lovely book.