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SI CLARKE (she/her) – Author of neurodiverse, culturally diverse, gender-bendy, drunken-arguments-in-the-pub science fiction. Not bang-bang-pew-pew science fiction.

Book review: Steal the Demon

Steal the Demon by Robert RothKimiko is a starship pilot with nothing left to lose. She’s already lost her family, her money, her ship – even her ability to find work. So she hatches a plan to steal a ship from the corporation that took it all away from her. But to do that, she’ll need help from the elusive hacker, Paradox. Will he help her?

Kimiko reminded a lot me of Rosemary from Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet. In overall feel, though, the novella had more in common with Lindsay Buroker’s Fractured Stars series.

This was a compelling story. It was well written and well edited. The characters are likeable and believable. I adored the fact that everyone was a they until they made their pronouns clear.

I’d knock half a star off if I could purely because the action moves at a slow pace for the first half of the book and then at a break-neck speed for the second half, feeling a bit uneven.

I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.

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