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Hunt for the Hydra (The Jupiter Pirates #1)

3.72  ·  Rating Details ·  201 Ratings  ·  51 Reviews
In this swashbuckling new sci-fi adventure series from New York Times bestselling author Jason Fry, three siblings in a family of privateers must compete to decide who will be the next ship captain, all while battling space pirates, Earth diplomats, and even treachery from within the family.

The relationship between Tycho Hashoone, his twin sister, Yana, and their older bro
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published December 23rd 2013 by HarperCollins
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Shanshad Whelan
Dec 30, 2013 Shanshad Whelan rated it it was amazing
Arrrrr! Combine high seas style piracy with interplanetary science fiction and you get this lively space adventure of intrigue, daring and danger.

Summary: Space privateering is a family affair for the Hashoone’s . All three Hashoone siblings; Tycho, his twin sister Yana and older brother Carlos are part of the crew of the Shadow Comet–learning the ropes of running a spaceship and capturing enemy shippers for profit. With a demanding mother as captain and a question of which child will ultimately
Jan 01, 2014 Robyn rated it really liked it
There was a time when science fiction juveniles could be read and enjoyed by adults but more than anything they did the heavy lifting of preparing a young reader for a lifetime of loving the genre. With Hunt for the Hydra, Jason Fry has recalled those days to mind. A few minor issues here and there, but overall a good read, and a good start to what I assume is a planned series (the back of my ARC has a tagline that ends with " this swashbuckling new sci-fi adventure series", but aside from ...more
Feb 06, 2015 El-jorro rated it really liked it
Bookworm Speaks!

The Jupiter Pirates: Hunt for the Hydra

by Jason Fry


The Story: In the future, the Solar System is divided amongst the corporate ruled Earth and the moons of Jupiter called the Jovian Union. Between them is the Hashoone Family of the ship Shadow Comet, a former group of pirates, that are now privateers for the Jovian Union. On board the Shadow Comet are twin siblings Tycho and Yana and their older brother Carlos are rivals to who will be the next captain. Mysterious threats fro
Brandy Painter
Originally posted here at Random Musings of a Bibliophile.

4.5 Stars

The cover for The Jupiter Pirates: Hunt for the Hydra by Jason Fry pretty much sells itself. Hold this up to a bunch of upper elementary kids and watch their eyes light up with anticipation. To seal the deal all you need to say are three magic words: Pirates. In. Space. Now try not to get knocked over. This book is all kinds of fun, but also has some more serious elements tossed in that make it so much more than it first appears.
Jan 22, 2015 Cindy rated it it was amazing
In recent years, there has been a serious lack of space opera or science fiction novels that are written for children. There seems to be a heavy emphasis on magical wizards, fairy tale retellings, and of course dystopian tales. Those books that do make an attempt at a children's sci-fi novel, do so in a way that is almost watered down or gloss over the true aspect of the genre. That is why Jason Fry's novel is such a relief.

Jason Fry paves the way for the future by introducing the middle grade
Aug 02, 2015 Joan rated it liked it
Recommends it for: science fiction fans
Lately after quite a long time, we've started seeing some science fiction appearing for kids. For example, Space Case by Gibbs, which is fairly recent, along with other books by Gibbs, is solidly science fiction, not fantasy. With the current push on STEAM as well as the necessity to combat the horrendous amount of science distrust among adults, we desperately need some more classical style science fiction. Hunt for the Hydra doesn't qualify quite for the term "solid science fiction", but it com ...more
Ms. Yingling
Feb 05, 2014 Ms. Yingling rated it liked it
Tycho Hashoone lives on the Shadow Comet, a privateering spaceship run by his mother, Diocletia. His brother Carlo and sister Vesuvia know that only one of them will be able to take over the ship when their mother steps down, so they all take their work very seriously. After the secession of the moons of the outer solar system from Earth, these moons have formed the Jovian Union, which is at war with Earth. The Jovian Union has provided the Comet with permission to intercept freighters and claim ...more
Elissa Schaeffer
Jan 05, 2014 Elissa Schaeffer rated it liked it
While sci-fi and fantasy tend to be lumped together, for middle grade, sci-fi is not nearly as prevalent as fantasy. Which is why The Jupiter Pirates got my attention in the first place--it is truly science fiction with space colonies, space travel, and much more. But it doesn't lose itself in the science fiction world, it's still a story of a boy and his family and how he wants to understand his place and make a difference.

Tycho is part of a long line of space pirates, but his family has taken
Jan 13, 2014 Nick rated it really liked it
While there were a few things which annoyed me, like the constant use of the term "starship" for things which clearly weren't, overall this was a fun adventure.
Mankind has colonized much of the solar system, but the outermost colonies have broken loose. This led to an ongoing fight in space, with the colonies authorizing privateers to prey on ships from Earth, which are mostly owned by puppets of one huge corporation.
The privateers were recruited from an older bunch of outright pirates.
Oddly, th
Mar 03, 2015 Jim rated it really liked it
The Jupiter Pirates is a swashbuckling tale of a group of space age pirates (or privateers as they are officially known) located on the moons of Jupiter. The Hashoone family fights for the Jovian Union. The Jovian Union is a breakaway colony of Earth. The two sides are in a state of constant war. After the Hashoone privateers seize a merchant vessel, the family and the Jovan Union an Earth plot to make all vessels diplomatic spaceships. Under the articles of war, the Hashoone's were not allowed ...more
Sep 11, 2015 Nancy rated it liked it
Shelves: scifi, middle-grade
Nifty blend of space adventure and 18th century Napoleonic high seas adventure (a la Horatio Hornblower, Master and Commander, et al).

I really enjoyed the family dynamics and applaud the family structure. The sibling rivalry added friction but didn't devolve into something super mean or fractious. Dio is the captain and her husband is the first mate. She's in charge and and authoritative at all times, he defers to her in all things and no one says tickety-boo about this. The kids have their mom
Teresa Osgood
Oct 01, 2015 Teresa Osgood rated it really liked it
Tycho Hashoone and his family are pirates privateers in the future, patrolling the space lanes for enemy prizes. When an interception is marred by technicalities, they get more action than they bargained for. While most space tales can't be said to have a lot of atmosphere, this one is full of it. These may be spacers rather than sailors, but there's still plenty of Royal Navy tradition in place. I love the bewigged Prize Court judge. The characters have depth, too--from the crazy pirate grandpa ...more
Dec 04, 2013 wade rated it really liked it
A fast paced adventure about a family of space pirates in a futuristic world in which piracy is legal when it is done by a certain standard of rules. This book is perfectly suited for 4th through 7th grade readers. The author includes visuals of the spaceship and a glossary of words that define terms beyond the grasp of some of his young readers. I do think the book is more tailored to boys than girls as it is more geared to adventure with a total lack of romance - but perhaps I am being sexist ...more
I WANT a sequel! If you love pirates, this book is for you! If you love outer space adventure, this book is for you! If you love mystery, this book is for you! Definitely a best of for 2014. Love how the hero grows (his siblings evolve a bit too); the settings are . . . I would say, out-of-this world, but that would be horrible of me ;) and the jargon is just this side of not being overwhelmingly piratey. All around great read.
Ed Possing
Nov 20, 2013 Ed Possing rated it it was amazing
This was a fantastic book. Written for middle grade readers, yet it is a still a fun read for adults. We are given an interesting set of protagonists -- family of space privateers, a compelling mystery, twists and turns, and action galore. And bonus, it comes complete with a map of their ship and a glossary of pirate terms. This is the best sci-if book I've read this year.
Thanks to HarperCollins for the ARC at ALA Midwinter.

This was a fun, fast-paced adventure with solid character development as well. Elements of pirates and space combine for a well-told science fiction adventure that is very accessible. Really enjoyed the family dynamics as well; very relatable. Would highly recommend it to kids looking for an action-packed, suspenseful, entertaining read.
Jan 30, 2014 Charlotte rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014, rc14
Fun, exciting space adventure that is really solid sci fi, with engaging young characters concerned with more than the adventure at hand. I liked it lots and recommend it with conviction.

February Four
Mar 09, 2014 February Four rated it really liked it
This was a great introduction to what I am hoping will be a nice series. For one thing, I'd like to see the question of "who's going to be captain" settled (it isn't settled by the end of the book)!
Emerald Gardner
Apr 22, 2014 Emerald Gardner rated it it was amazing
This book was well written, and I certainly couldn't put it down once I started reading it. I loved the characters, and the space travel, and the privateer's!
Dec 04, 2013 Jonathan rated it it was amazing
Its a solid book, and would recommend this to someone looking for excitement, syfy, and anything to do with the future.
Allison Tebo
Nov 17, 2016 Allison Tebo rated it liked it
Shelves: own, science-fiction
Absolutely amazing concepts. Conception wise, this book was fabulous. I loved the old world feel, the political situation, the blend of technologies. Making the kids officers on the ship, ala Horatio Hornblower was a great move....good descriptions. A true sense of setting and a fabulous story line. I also personally loved the fact that the kids were kind of 'home schooled' by the ships computer. The battles and action sequences are plenty exciting and there's enough tech talk to steep in the se ...more
Kakashi Hatake
Mar 18, 2015 Kakashi Hatake rated it did not like it
Well, this book has a pretty thin "meh" plot.

Not that bad, but kinds boring. None of the characters are memorable or likable. There just there. but none of them stand out.

However, the worst part by far is Mr. Fry's insistance on using the word SAID ALL THE TIME!!!! I kid you not, he uses it like no other that it sticks out like a sore thumb. The word SAID is not necessary to be used all the time, especially when they're are only 2 people speaking. Sometimes action can be used to make it clear wh
Feb 05, 2017 Arnela rated it it was amazing
I love this book and I will never let it go.


Basically we're following a family of Legal Pirates, hard to believe, but it's real and these kids grew up in space learning how to fly their ship, how to board vessels and take them in as bounty, and eagerly waiting to see who the next captain will be.

Already the concept is super cool, you're a kid in the middle of space kicking butt and taking names.

The characters were pretty well rounded. The family was had a good dynamic, I especially
Lisa Tobleman
Mar 07, 2015 Lisa Tobleman rated it it was amazing
Shelves: junior-fiction
So this is more my Sons review than mine. He had yet another weird book report to write (this one is a book cover book report...of any fiction novel. I'm over these cereal boxes, top secret file, diorama book reports...can't he write just a simple book report that doesn't involve craft paper for once?) I gave him three options, and he chose this one. It took him one weekend to read this fun action packed novel. (He is upstairs reading book two right now). I asked him for his opinion because let' ...more
Tycho comes from a long line of space pirates. But his mom, his captain, has turned the family business into privateers to be legal. Competing against his two siblings, Tycho is trying to become captain of the Comet, and jumps at the opportunity to be in charge during freighter capture and boarding—until the crew finds the strangest thing on the freighter. Tycho and his siblings come to realize they need to stop fighting each other and start focusing on who's trying to change their way of life b ...more
Apr 01, 2014 Tristan rated it really liked it
In the book The Jupiter Pirates Hunt for the Hydra by: Jason Fry the Hashoons solve a war issue .They ride a spaceship called The Shadow Comet and are privateer which are basically legal raiders or pirates, but they have to give part of their raid to government. They attempt to raid a damaged freighter, but it has a diplomat on it. The Hashoons are from the Jovian Union and are at war with earth. The youngest Hashoon, Yana thought something didn’t feel right with a diplomat on such a cruddy ship ...more
Apr 08, 2014 mandyfujita rated it it was ok
For a pirate book, it didn't seem like much was happening. I think that the excitement level was even toned and I didn't feel much for the main character, Tycho Hashoone. The Hashoone family has been in the privateer business for several generations. Tycho and his brother and sister are training under their mother, who is captain of the ship, Comet.

They get involved with a scheme where diplomats are claiming immunity on illegal vessels. The Hashoone family try to bring in one of these ships an
Jul 03, 2016 Mario rated it really liked it
Arr!!! Yes, this is a quote from the book. A solid read from Jason Fry, who delivers a fantastic action/adventure book about a family of pirates turned privateers, amidst the conflict between Earth and the colonies in the Jovian planets.
Perfect for youngsters, this novel has family members Tycho, Yana and Carlo investigating a disturbing pattern among Earth and its newly recruited politicians.
Vivid encounters, sci-fi locations, pirates, sibling rivalry, all is flawlessly executed and in the end,
While I found the steampunk elements to the story very original and interesting, I found the story itself hard to follow. There was so much information to take in about the various galactic players, the political system, the history of various characters/battles/piracy itself, and more, that I found myself getting lost and overwhelmed. This may just be my state of mind right now but I kept picking it up and putting it down until I finally just returned it to the library. On to something that's n ...more
Sep 30, 2016 Sean rated it really liked it
This book was so much fun and I can't wait to promote it with my students. A wonderful example of an action/adventure science fiction book. I love that this book feels like a swashbuckling adventure. Set in the distant future, it follows a charismatic and believable family as they sail amongst the stars as privateers. This was a quick read and I know it will soon be a popular series on my shelves.
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I am the author of The Jupiter Pirates series published by HarperCollins -- visit the official site at

In addition to Jupiter Pirates, I've written or co-written more than 30 novels and short stories set in the Star Wars galaxy, including The Essential Atlas, The Essential Guide to Warfare, The Weapon of a Jedi, and the Servants of the Empire quartet.

I spent more than 12
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