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400 pages, Kindle Edition
First published May 1, 2018
“We both know you aren’t applying anywhere as an engineer. You hate the job, despite being very good at it—and not at all humble, I might add—and unless someone on another ship dies with no apprentice in place, you’re not getting an engineering transfer.” I opened my mouth to reply, but he kept going. “I had hoped you’d get over your foolish dreams of being taken on by some miracle ship to teach, but what is this? Your third round of applications?”First of all, it doesn't make any damn sense. This is the future. Earth has been frozen for like 200 years. I mean here in the 21st century we had already outgrown governnesses for like what? 100 years now? And we're supposed to believe that there is a need for governesses on some spaceship in the future? Give me a break.
“Who can tell me how a volcanic explosion can lead to an ice age?”Nah, bro. I just don't understand the setting. There are big ships with purpose, then there are small ships with like 8 people on board. What is their purpose? Why does there need to be a crew and a captain and stuff? This book makes no sense.
“When a supervolcano explodes, all the dust it releases into the air blocks the sunlight,” he said. Competent enough for an eleven-year-old.
“That’s just one part of it,” I said, “but good job. And how long can an ice age last?”
I turned off the warning beacon . . . I flagrantly defied safety protocols, and you nearly died.”Fairfax becomes a captain at 14. I know this future world has people reaching middle age at like 18 and stuff...but really. I cannot imagine a 14 year old captain at all. My suspension of disbelief only goes so far.
“Say that again,” I practically whispered.
“I love you,” he obliged, but I shook my head.
“No, the other thing,” I insisted.
“What?” Hugo replied with genuine confusion.
“That I’m your equal.”
He stepped into the classroom and, oh God, I could tell he was wet - just showered. [...] George nodded, then indicated I should come close. Yes, please.
he was something nice to look at while I put in hard labor for the next few hours
He leaned back in his chair, rolling into a stretch. I tried my best not to stare at the way the muscles of his stomach went taut under his shirt. It should be illegal not to wear your day coat on board.