Brey Willows has done it again! I am amazed every time I read a book of hers. She is so versatile and brilliant at writing in different genres and making them so believable. With Changing Course she has taken the speculative fiction/romance genres and blasted them into outer space, literally.
When intergalactic space Captain Jessa Arabelle’s ship is destroyed, she and a few of her crew members barely escape. They land on Indemnion, a planet known for being rather primitive and hostile, both the land and the people who live there. Jessa feels responsible for keeping her remaining crew safe as she tries to find a way home. When she tries to draw a dangerous crowd of scavengers away from her crew, she is helped by Kylin Enderson, a scrounger from the walled district of Quasi. Thus begins a fantastic action and adventure story set in a beautiful but hostile alien world. This is also the beginning of what could be a heart-warming romance between Jessa and Kylin. There is great chemistry between the two, but also a big disparity. Jessa is from a genteel, upper class family. Kylin is a scrounger who picks through trash to feed and house herself and her father. Can two such different people really come together as a couple?
Ms. Willows has done an excellent job of world building which is essential for a story like this. The alien world and the different types of people are so vividly drawn that they seem real to the reader. The characters, both main and secondary are very well developed. The story begins with a bang and never lets up. There is constantly some type of action or threat happening to Jessa and Kylin. The reader never has time to become bored, believe me.
This is a fantastic novel and is going into my favorites category. It has my highest recommendation.
I received an ARC from NetGalley and Bold Strokes Books for an honest review.