Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite
No one believed young Meriel Hope when she said the attack on her home, the merchant spaceship Princess, was piracy. There had not been a reported hijacking in nearly a century, and she was just a twelve-year-old kid. Ten years after the attack, Meriel still suffers from symptoms of PTSD while she struggles to carve out a normal life for herself on a new ship, with a new job and a new romance. But Meriel knew that pirates slaughtered her parents and friends, leaving her with the responsibility to keep her promise to her mother – find a safe home for her sister and the surviving orphans and stay together. But the group behind the carnage still plots to achieve their ambitious goal while keeping watch on the Princess’ survivors, ready to terminate them if they get in the group’s way.
I like the depth of the plot of Home: Interstellar - Merchant Princess by Ray Strong. The intricate storyline is executed without too much detail that might slow down the pace of the story. It was easy for me to root for Meriel. Her personal quest to keep her promise to her late mother - unite the orphans, and reclaim their ship, Princess - is admirable, especially when Strong gives this lead character believable strong traits as well as flaws. Even though I found the odds of the protagonists in prevailing over their obstacles bordering on the impossible, the suspense was thrilling and enjoyable. Formatting can be more polished, but overall it’s solidly done where the readability is clear-cut and kept me intrigued with the conspiracy element from start to finish. On the whole, this is a good read.