From the Publisher:
"This cozy debut science fiction novel tells a story of misfits, rebels, found family—and a mystery that spans the stars
Welcome to the Grand Abeona Hotel: home of the finest food, the sweetest service, and the very best views the galaxy has to offer. All year round it moves from planet to planet, system to system, pampering guests across the furthest reaches of the milky way. The last word in sub-orbital luxury—and an absolute magnet for intrigue. Intrigues such as: Why are there love poems in the lobby inbox? How many Imperial spies are currently on board? What is the true purpose of the Problem Solver’s conference? And perhaps most pertinently—who is driving the ship?
Each guest has a secret, every member of staff a universe unto themselves. At the center of these interweaving lives and interlocking mysteries stands Carl, one time stowaway, longtime manager, devoted caretaker to the hotel. It’s the love of his life and the only place he’s ever called home. But as forces beyond Carl’s comprehension converge on the Abeona, he has to face one final question: when is it time to let go?"
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The author is knowledgeable in many subjects making all characters interesting and smart.
Almost like a collection of individual short stories that come together as world-building and a larger political world. This found family is the crew of a hotel starship, together they are a panoply of different experiences and perspectives. They all have secret desires and some forgotten dreams, others the dreams are still aching inside. I liked Azard, who is a language expert.
An empire, aristocrats, spies, conspiracy theories, a code to decipher... It's exciting to start a new chapter and discover a new character.
Interesting concept and writing style that will please cozy readers but also those who like reading about political intrigue and an oppressive government. It lacked the tension (in my personal opinion) and I only felt it in the last chapter. Although I'm not one hundred percent the reader of this book it was a refreshing new kind of read and it was worth discovering this author.
Thank you NetGalley and publisher for the e-ARC.