Jabin and the Space Piratesby Bev Allen
Published on March 10, 2015 by Wolf Publishing
Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult
In the space colony of New Wales, the pirate attacks are both relentless and merciless
Having lost both his parents, Jabin has been adopted by his austere and spiteful uncle and aunt who live in the space colony of New Wales which is riven with religious and political rivalry, and prey to the vicious maraudings of pirates whose cruelty and greed are beyond all imagination.
When Jabin volunteers to surrender himself to a pirate raiding party to save a friend, he does so believing that nothing can be worse than his current suffering.
However, he is soon to discover that things can always get worse when the stakes are high, the rewards are vast and slave labour is there for the taking.
When the King of New Wales is assassinated, the colony threatens to collapse into total anarchy, leaving the pirates free reign to mutilate, kill and profit as they will, but the forces of law and order sent out from Earth are getting ready to fight back, and Jabin could have a vital part to play in the ensuing war if he can only stay alive.
I wasn’t quite sure what to expect from this book. From the cover alone, I didn’t expect much (it’s not something I would pick up in a bookstore). The title suggested more middle-grade but I found the novel to be well suited for YA readers, even adult. There’s plenty of action, and the world-building is well done, enough that I fell into the story.
While the world itself was interesting, I found the story dull at times. It shifted back and forth between exciting and dragging. Sometimes I wanted to put the book down and let it sit there, and other times I couldn’t wait to see what happened next. There was also content that I don’t think is ideal for YA. Not that I’m against stronger stuff but I wasn’t a fan of it in this book. At the end, I couldn’t decide if I liked it or hated it. After finishing, I can’t say I remember anything from the novel.
I recommend this book for fans of YA and sci-fi, especially male readers as there wasn’t a strong female presence in this book. While I enjoyed some aspects, this book was a roller coaster to read. I do advise readers who aren’t interested in “stronger” content to be warned before reading this book. Otherwise, it was an interesting read.