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    LJ Cohen(Author) Chris Howard(Cover Design)

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When Rosalen Maldonado tinkers with the derelict freighter, she's just hoping to prove she deserves a scholarship to University. She certainly doesn't count on waking the ship's damaged AI or having three stowaways, Micah Rotherwood and brothers Jem and Barre Durbin, along for the ride. They all have their private reasons for hiding aboard and lives they are seeking to escape, but if the accidental crew can't work together and learn to trust each other, they'll die together, victims of a computer that doesn't realize the war ended decades before any of them were even born.

"Cohen has real talent with character development and interaction, andprickly, defensive Ro is a sympathetic and interesting heroine."--Publishers Weekly"Get on board Derelict, and you'll take an edgy, nonstop flight into an audacious SF future with unremitting danger as your pilot -- and thrilling adventure your destination."--Lynn Viehl, NYT best selling author of the Stardoc and Darkyn series"There's something special about watching an author reach her stride. LJ Cohen has done just that in Derelict. Intricate plotting melded seamlessly with delightful characterizations kept me turning pages as fast as I could go in an attempt to keep up with the unfolding story. A cracking yarn set in a lush future I'm hoping we'll hear more of."-- Nathan Lowell, Creator of the Golden Age of the Solar Clipper and the Tanyth Fairport Adventures."LJ Cohen deftly weaves together realistic teenage characters, futuristic technology, and big stakes for a real page turner."--Wen Spencer, Award winning SF&F novelist, author of the Ukiah Oregon and Elfhome series". . .not the usual YA. Nor is it the usual space opera. While some of the characters are military, they're not the heroes. In the second book, in fact, it becomes pretty clear that the Commonwealth, the interplanetary government, is no benign Federation, that there are serious cracks within society, and history has been... sanitised.A diverse cast, real consequences to physical injury, no easy fixes, realistic character arcs. . . . " --Mike Reeves-McMillan, reviewer, author, blogger

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  • By Ann Marie on 23 May 2017

    This book is amazing. The science is well-described and convincing and the characters are so well drawn, I really felt for them. The plot has so many unexpected twists and turns I found it hard to put down and eventually stayed up until past one in the morning in order to finish it. Highly recommended, and I shall definitely be buying the sequels.

  • By J. F. Whelan on 4 October 2014

    It's not dreadful - it starts well and leads one in. A number of sub-plots are introduced, but just when one is beginning to notice that the story is marking time, like a soap opera there is a crisis - bang!These crises are repetitive and for the most part are characterised with everyone being rendered unconscious. Following each crisis everything starts again and finally a story begins, though not usually quite the same story: sub-plots are abandoned, goals shift, alliances change and again just when one is lulled into thinking that maybe this time the author will, at last, stay with things bang!By the end it is hard to care that the ending is rushed, muddled and unsatisfying, because, at least, it is the end.A good edit and a partial rewrite could repair a lot that is wrong. There is a need to do away with the cardboard cut-out characterisations: all parents are evil, all authority is blind, all politicians are crooked etc. Give some coherence and continuity to the story and finally make the ending a little less trite and spend a little longer tying up the loose ends.

  • By Ms F. Kane on 14 June 2014

    I'm not usually a reader of YA fiction, but this book was recommended by Lynn Viehl and I respect her opinions. I was hooked straight away. The characters are instantly alive in your head and, for once, I had no idea where the ride would go. And it was a ride - total roller coaster of twists and turns that kept me reading even when I knew I had work to do. If all YA fiction was this good I wouldn't bother with adult stuff.

  • By a brown on 4 June 2014

    great book good enough to read through in one sitting. I finished the book and was really disappointed there was no sequel.

  • By John Shillito on 28 September 2014

    A good story with believability. Human heroes with human frailties and villainous baddies. Who could ask for more?.But having said that MORE PLEASE.

  • By Allan Hugman on 12 October 2014

    An adventure of young coming to terms with parents and each other. Suspicious of others but coming together to the plots of unscrupulous adults.

  • By K. Hicks on 9 July 2014

    Ending could have been better,but i enjoyed the book despite this minor grumble


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