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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Random Walk is a work of fiction in the science fiction and action/adventure sub-genres penned by author Rachel Lulich. The opening novel to the Fractured Galaxy series, this story balances both the wider implications and dangers of space travel with a very human story about the three people who find themselves trapped and against all odds of survival. When Derek, Jacob, and Vicky test an experimental engine and it flings them clean out of the solar system, tensions run high as they search for an impossible solution which might enable them to make it back to Earth safely someday.
Hard science fiction fans will find much to enjoy in the work of Rachel Lulich, who has clearly done a great deal of research into the real-life trials and tribulations of space travel and the mechanics of spacecrafts themselves. Alongside this atmospheric, detailed and factual depiction of a proposed space disaster, there is a magnificent display of the human spirit and human ingenuity from the author’s three central characters. Derek, Jacob, and Vicky are intricately developed, more than one would expect from a science fiction novel of this nature, and it's that commitment to emotional realism which gives the work a higher level of engagement with the reader. When this is coupled with a well-crafted plot that takes us through the beats of every moment of an imminent disaster with seemingly no hope of a solution, we find ourselves immersed in a truly complete and satisfying science fiction read. Overall, I would certainly recommend Random Walk to both hard science fiction fans and interpersonal drama enthusiasts alike.