Monday, May 23, 2011

Review: Tumbler by Brand Gamblin

Synopsis (Goodreads):
Libby Carter wanted to get away from it all, so she took a job mining asteroids as far out into the inky blackness as possible. However, her escape turned into a trap, leaving her stuck in indentured servitude, living on a tiny rock in space. As she tries to dig herself out, she gains friends and finds adventure. Cave-in rescues, planetary collisions, and other mishaps keep her new family fighting to stay alive.
My Thoughts:  What a fun book.  I seriously don't remember the last time I read a straight sci-fi book (you know, one without sexy shenanigans in the cockpit of a spaceship) and this one was pretty darn fabulous.  Brand Gamblin built an interesting, compelling world full of characters that you'd expect to meet while walking down the street.

I really can't think of any part of the book that lagged or lost my interest.  I was glued to the book from Libby's first experience after arriving at her new home.  Watching her find her place in the community and make something of herself, seeing her realize what she wants out of life, the realization that she could be the person she wanted to be kept the story moving and made you care about her.

Don't be scared off by the sci-fi label.  Tumbler is a well-written story with characters that ring true to life.  At heart it's about a girl trying to find her place in the world without losing herself in the process.  It just happens to be set in an astroid belt in deep space. 

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