Excellent, funny read, with great heroine and aliens. This is a microcosm sci-fi, so be warned: there is no Death Star or Millennium Falcon or star battles and interstellar politics here - but only one (enterprising) woman trying to find her way in a situation beyond her control. By the end of the novel, she manages to better herself (by reaching to others and starting to care), improve her business (those snacks AND alien beads (!) were simply fabulous) as well as the life of aliens (I'm sensing Wave of changes there, lol). I loved this arc when Gaia for the first time comprehends how alien the aliens truly are, only to later realize that even if they are alien - they are just as fucked up as humans. Wave was a delicious, endearing character. Entertaining with fabulous ending. Highly recommended.