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"Priscilla Hutchins has been through many experiences. This is the story of her first unforgettable adventure; Priscilla "Hutch" Hutchins has finally realized her lifelong dream: She's completed a nerve-bending qualification flight for a pilot's license. Her timing is far from optimal, however. Faster-than-light travel has only recently become a reality, and the World Space Authority is still learning how to manage long-range missions safely. To make matters worse, efforts to prepare two planets for colonization are killing off native life-forms, outraging people on Earth. So there's not a lot of demand for space pilots. Priscilla thinks her career may be over before it has begun. But her ambition won't be denied, and soon she is on the bridge of an interstellar ship, working for the corporation that is responsible for the terraforming. Her working conditions include bomb threats, sabotage, clashes with her employers-and a mission to a world, adrift between the stars, that harbors a life-form unlike anything humanity has ever seen. Ultimately, she will be part of a life-and-death struggle that will test both her capabilities and her character ... "--Dust jacket flap.
Publisher: New York :, Ace Books,, 2013
Edition: First Edition
ISBN: 9780425260852
Branch Call Number: SF F MCD
Characteristics: 407 pages ; 24 cm


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Feb 04, 2018

I assume this is the first in the Hutch series. I had read a later book in the series and wanted to get back to the origins. Found this book to be a bit slow to develop and surprisingly weak on descriptions of the actual space ships, what pilots actually do, how they interface with the AI and other such stuff that would put a little SCI into the SCI-FI. The description of the actual faster than light drive is non-existent we just have to take it as a given sort of like Star Trek where the warp drive is a given. The ability to move anything faster than light would imply a completely new physics-goodbye Mr. Newton/Einstein hello Mr. ? Asimov and Heinlein are still safe.

Jul 29, 2015

Great novel, dark, brooding, and funny at some points.

Oct 01, 2014

A prequel to the McDevitt's Hutchins series, so you don't need to have read the other books to follow along. Have to admit, it's not Jack's strongest novel, but it is a fun read, so if you are into SF, this should be enjoyable.

Dec 18, 2013

Where to begin? The main person in this book is priscilla and she is not even the most interisting its jack. This book has great ideas but he doesn't even finish telling the stories non of them, Now for Hutch wow its like author had no idea what to do with her. I'm sorry i give it 2 stars boo jack boo.

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