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Derelict [Kindle Edition]

LJ Cohen , Chris Howard
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When Rosalen Maldonado tinkers with the derelict freighter, she's just hoping to prove she deserves a scholarship to University. She certainly doesn't count on waking the ship's damaged AI or having three stowaways, Micah Rotherwood and brothers Jem and Barre Durbin, along for the ride. They all have their private reasons for hiding aboard and lives they are seeking to escape, but if the accidental crew can't work together and learn to trust each other, they'll die together, victims of a computer that doesn't realize the war ended decades before any of them were even born.

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LJ Cohen is the writing persona of Lisa Janice Cohen, poet, novelist, blogger, local food enthusiast, Doctor Who fan, and relentless optimist. Lisa lives just outside of Boston with her family, two dogs (only one of which actually ever listens to her) and the occasional international student. When not doing battle with a stubborn Jack Russell Terrier mix, Lisa can be found working on the next novel, which often looks a lot like daydreaming.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great 4 Jun 2014
By a brown
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great book good enough to read through in one sitting. I finished the book and was really disappointed there was no sequel.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Ending...Could be better 9 July 2014
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Ending could have been better,but i enjoyed the book despite this minor grumble
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5.0 out of 5 stars but very good read from a talented writer 5 July 2014
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A very different SF book, but very good read from a talented writer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant 14 Jun 2014
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I'm not usually a reader of YA fiction, but this book was recommended by Lynn Viehl and I respect her opinions. I was hooked straight away. The characters are instantly alive in your head and, for once, I had no idea where the ride would go. And it was a ride - total roller coaster of twists and turns that kept me reading even when I knew I had work to do. If all YA fiction was this good I wouldn't bother with adult stuff.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great start to the series! 30 May 2014
By Anthony Deaver - Published on
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Derelict is an awesome start to the new series from LJ Cohen. It has enough back story to make you care about the characters, and give you reasons why they do what they do; without getting bogged down to the point of drudgery. It also has enough action and suspense to keep you reading until the end and wanting more when it's over.

That said, it's not without it's flaws. For me, the story and plot were resolved to quickly at the end. There was a good build up progression over the first three quarters of the book, only to be resolved in one or two chapters. Felt like the author needed to stay within a page count and cut it short. Wasn't unsatisfying, just abbreviated.

The other issue (I'm hesitant to call it a actual 'flaw') was that the old trope of not the characters not actually communicating with each other. There were several instances where the POV character KNEW what they were saying was wrong or mean (even to the point of saying it to themselves) but didn't communicate that emotion to the character they had just interacted with.

Regardless of the issues I definitely think it was a great story, and one that had some originality. I'm excited to see where the author takes the characters in the next books. Looks to be an interesting ride.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good story line, weak characters 17 Jun 2014
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The story and ideas are strong. Some really interesting concepts. Some lingering issues like where did the derelict ship get fuel. How did the ship have gravity but wasn't under acceleration? I found myself hard pressed to finish. I could overlook the few science bloopers, but the behavior and emotional stability of the characters was just too unreal. Everyone's familiar with the movie plot of the hero whacking the bad guy with a stick, then failing to pick up their fallen gun as they trek on after others. This story just had places upon places where a simple sane action by any of the good guys would have ended the problem right there. And who radios a nearby ship for unspecified emergency medical help and signs off for no urgent reason without giving details and ship status? And what responding ship wouldn't call back asking same? This whole scenario served just to cause emotional distress in the story line on the part of the responders.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Teenagerhood is a pressure-cooker 13 Aug 2014
By A. D. Howe - Published on
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I got this book expecting a YA Space Opera - kids or teens in a space setting having exciting, dangerous adventures. I got that, and so much more.

Ro Maldonado is more than just our protagonist; she's an anti-heroine. This girl has been dragged from place to place to place for the entirety of her young life by her shiftless, abusive father, never staying in any one place long enough to put down roots or make connections. The isolation in which she lives is palpable; it is like the space surrounding the station, vast and seemingly boundless, and apparently offering her only pain and danger.

Yet Ro is not really our only protagonist; we meet several others in succession, each teenager trying to eke out a life in physical and emotional space that does not suit their needs - parents that do not understand their wants, their needs, their joys, their talents. From a first-born son whose musical brilliance pales in his parents eyes in comparison to his younger brother's technological aptitude, to the son of the shifty politician bearing a laser-focused grudge against the drug cartels whose business contributed to his mother's death, to the warmly personable communications engineer who reaches out to Ro shortly after she is assigned to the latter's station, Cohen doesn't actually give us one person to follow, but many. She deftly interweaves their daring acts and their fears, their secrets colliding until things break open - and then we, along with these characters, meet the damaged AI of the eponymous ship.

Every single one of these characters has both strengths and flaws as befits an actual teenage person who is struggling to stand on their own two feet and find their place in the universe, and they interact in very human ways. This frequently means miscommunication, keeping of secrets, lashing out out of hurt, and surprising, heart-rending acts of sweet bravery.

When I got done I closed it and hugged it to my chest and managed to barely not cry on the bust on which I was travelling. My companion looked at me stroking the back cover with my thumbs as I hugged it and said, "Good book, huh?" "You have no idea," I replied, and recommended that she read it.

I recommend it broadly, both in its intended Young Adult age bracket and for adults who have refused to build a wall between themselves and their understanding of the tumultuous, confusing time of inner and interpersonal development that is the teenage years - in space as on earth, unlikely friendships can be forged to save lives and give many people hope.
9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not great but not bad. 8 Jun 2014
By SF Addict - Published on
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The book held my interest and I read the entire story. But it was border line, there was no great joy in reading the story and no really interesting moments as well. I kept on expecting something really neat to happen but no joy. Now if you like gritty fiction that seems true to life with none of that really cool stuff happening this book is for you. I do have to take a bit of that back. The character Micah did something damn heroic but it got kind of fluffed off.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I rarely give more then 4 stars. 12 Aug 2014
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To be deserving of 5 stars a book must cause a sense of wonder and awe at the end of the story and cause me to go back over the salient points of the journey through the story, contemplating key scenes and characters all the while wishing for more. LJ Cohen's Derelict is such a book!
Teenagers, Parents and a lost space ship are not a new combination to SF but LJ brings a delightful story that is captivating to read but perhaps the genius is a AI with PTSD from a previous war. Hope to see a sequel!
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