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Reviewed by Michelle Randall for Readers' Favorite
Alex awakes but can't remember anything, and she is certain she is dreaming when the doctor, or at least the person in the white lab coat, turns around and has yellowish-orange skin. Everyone in the room keeps saying everything will be better when Adam gets her, but who is Adam? It seems that Adam is an android from the year 2577 that landed back in the present day, and Alex helped him to return home, but in her final act of bravery she took a bullet that killed her in our time. Adam brought her to this time to be saved. Now she has to learn life all over again. Embarkment 2577 is actually a collection of three short stories about Alex and Adam and life in the year 2577. Alex learns to live on the ship, and in each book it seems she causes some problem, without meaning to or knowing it. How the crew and her friends have to work to get her out of some sticky situations are what all these stories are about. Maria Hammarblad does a wonderful job of adding in enough information and facts to make you really feel like you are learning about living in space along with Alex, but not enough to bore you.
Alex has a needy quality to her, but not in a bad way. She can take care of herself, but she is in a completely new world and has no idea what to do. Adam is supposed to be an android, but he is more human than anything we've seen before. Maria Hammarblad gives us a real-life feel in this science fiction novel. The aliens sound plausible and interesting. If anything, Embarkment 2577 makes me want to delve more into science to see if we can't make some of this come true.