Hello and welcome for an out of this world book review. My thanks to the publisher, Usborne, for my copy of the book, along with the lovely space themed package it came with, that you can see a picture of over on my Instagram, here. At a time where life has been really quite difficult for all of us, I’m even more grateful for this wonderful parcel, and the equally wonderful book, that have both brightened up my days.
So to begin with, let me say that I’m not much of a science fiction reader as a rule. But, when I was approached with the details of this young adult adventure book, I found myself hugely interested, both because of author S. M. Wilson’s previous works, The Extinction Files, and also just because of how brilliantly unique the plot sounded. I’m also a big mystery and thriller fan, and what is this, if not the most exciting possible setting for a mystery?
Get in. Get Out. ⠀
Keep to the task.⠀
Leave no trace. ⠀
Ash Yang dreamed of being a starfighter pilot. But when she crashes out of her final test – literally – she somehow lands the most powerful job in the universe. As Guardian of the Infinity Files she must secretly planet-hop through the galaxies, stealing or returning treasures that have the power to stop wars…or start them.⠀
But when her home planet is the one at war, can she get the job done?
Rating: 4 stars
I absolutely loved this book. It was so immersive, I found myself immediately transported to the stars. Through Ash, it was easy to fall in love both with the universe as we might know it, and every possible universe beyond. I’ve found myself gazing up at the stars and wondering far more about what goes on up there since picking up this book than I ever have before.
The writing style is a fabulous balance between descriptive and easy to connect with, and as we follow Ash through her adventures and emotional turmoil, it’s easy to find yourself so fully engaged that hours passed me by at a time without my noticing. It was so wonderful to read about whole new worlds and universes, so vivid that it’s easy to believe they may be real. Ash’s role – which I won’t spoil for those of you who haven’t read it yet! – gives her a unique insight to the whole of the universe, and pits her against such odds that it gives her far more of a challenge than any piloting ever would have.
And then as the book progresses, things become more difficult for Ash to make decisions between right and wrong, and for her to work out what really is for the best – for her, and for the universe…
Thanks again to Usborne for my copy of the book and the lovely care package that came with it. It really has been a joy to read, and I’ll be recommending this with ease to so many people. Congratulations to S. M. Wilson for writing such a stunner of a book once again!