Seemed like a good time to have a change of pace so I decided that 'Revenger' would be a good pick. Space pirates? Set in the far future? Two sisters who sign on only to help save their family from bankruptcy? Sure, why not.
Well, no. This was my first exposure to Reynolds and I had kept my hopes up in seeing the overall good rating on Goodreads. Unfortunately this was definitely a case of "Should Have Read the Most Helpful Reviews First" because those were right on the money. Apparently the book is actually a YA title, which surprised me. I'm "meh" on the YA genre but this one is definitely a stinker in the genre.
Right from the beginning I could tell it would be trouble. The writing seemed clunky and didn't really grab me right away. It was difficult to care about these two sisters and the main character was an immediate turnoff. An unlikeable character is not necessarily a bad thing, but the other stuff (another character, the story, etc.) had all better be compelling to keep me going. This wasn't it.
I suppose that it is supposed to be "hard science fiction" might have something to do with it but as 'Jurassic Park' and 'The Martian' are supposed to be examples of literary hard science fiction (and I liked the both of those!) I thought this would be fine. Nope. It seems quite a few people picked this based on their previous experience with Reynolds. Can't say I'll feel particularly compelled to pick up any of his other works in the future. Skip this.