Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: In space aboard an advanced alien spaceship.
First Sentence: "You! Get get over there!" the guard barked at Jess.
This book is the first in Simon Goodson's Wanderer series which currently has four novels.
As our story begins, Jess is a slave. He is part of a slave gang that tasked with opening abandoned space vessels. Some of them have been booby trapped. The slave before Jess has been killed trying to open a ship.
Now its Jess's turn.
But the ship possesses an intelligence. And for some reason, the ship has chosen Jess to be its next captain.
So Jess enters the ship, and the ship somehow contacts Jess. He quickly learns that he has some control over the vessel. Jess and two other slaves use the vessel to escape to freedom.
The ship is named Wanderer. It is the most advanced spaceship in the galaxy. As time goes on, Jess learns more about Wanderer and how truly powerful it is. Which means that the ship is coveted by space pirates and greedy space colonies.
Although Jess does not want to fight, he is forced to fight to defend the ship and its crew. And after each battle Jess is truly sorry for the loss of life which resulted from each battle.
Eventually, Jess needs to learn a hard lesson about trust.
This book was a fun read. I was looking for something easy read after reading a few hefty tomes and this novel fit the bill. I liked Goodson's easy to read style. For me it was an pleasant read.