*I received an ARC from NineStar Press on Net Galley in exchange for an honest review*
I adore space stations. Like a lot. I don’t know why. I love writing about them and reading about them. Perhaps it’s the mingling of people in a tiny space that I find interesting or the fact that so much infrastructure has to go into an operation like that and I like teeny moving parts or something. Whatever the case, I went into On Andross Station by J.C. Long with high expectations. Throw in an “inquisitor” and a bounty hunter who might possibly fall in love? I’m SO there.
Unfortunately, the reality didn’t quite live up to my expectations. From the get-go, there was a lot of info dumping in order to tell the story which may work for some people, but is not my favorite thing. On Andross Station takes place on a space station in which a wanted criminal named Galen Horn is hiding out. Our two main characters, Hikaru (inquisitor) and Thane (bounty hunter) are each drawn to the station for their own reasons.
Hikaru was immediately my favorite character. He was a cold, cold man with badass sword skills and telepathy. I enjoyed his battle throughout the novella with himself over whether or not he should trust the Inquisition and remain with them, or if he should abandon their seemingly random orders and find out the whereabouts of his friend Katya for himself. Thane was a bit of a surprise for me. I didn’t expect him to be so upbeat (and jolly?) from the first introduction we had of him, but he ended up being an enjoyable character nonetheless.
However, some positives aside, this book could have done with a more thorough edit. There were lots of teeny mistakes that should have been caught (mostly wording issues where an article was missing or thing like that). As well, the info dumping is a real problem for me. I suppose I prefer the “show don’t tell” method for delivering information in a story. And the most painful aspect of the book for me was the fact that it all just felt painfully generic. And not in a good way.
I won’t say too much, because I don’t like putting spoilers in my reviews, but just know that the story was very predictable without any real innovation on scifi tropes or anything new. But, if you’re looking for a non-explicit (which I appreciate) scifi bromance (I’m not convinced it was a true romance) that takes place in space, you may enjoy On Andross Station.