Sargasso of Space by Andre Norton
Series: Solar Queen #1
Genre: Science Fiction
Source: Ebook, purchased
Publishing Date: 1955
Synopsis: Dane signed on with the independent cargo ship Solar Queen looking for a career in off-world trade. In Sargasso of Space, the Solar Queen free traders win exclusive rights to trade with the planet Limbo, but the crew arrives to find most of the planet’s surface charred, with little signs of life. They find a valley with life, but others may still lurk. Worse yet, a strange force threatens to cripple the Queen. They must solve the planet’s mysteries if they hope to escape not only with tradable goods, but their lives.
I remember reading this as a teenager. There are three in the series and I remember wanting to read more about the Solar Queen’s adventures. I’ve always liked books about traders in space. (That was one of the things I loved about Firefly–one of my favorite TV shows.)
This book is told from Dane Thorson’s POV. He’s the newest, youngest and least experienced member of the crew. He is disappointed when he discovers he is apprenticed to a small independent free trader. The large company ships are the ships that have the most profitable markets. However, Dane soon gets to know his shipmates and settles in. That’s the first part of the book.
The adventures begin when the ship happens to land on a world where an auction takes place for trading rights for new worlds. The Solar Queen manages to get the last world, but when they look at the specs for that world they immediately see there are lots of problems. The rest of the book is a series of adventures, problems and danger the crew must overcome. I enjoyed it this time as much as I remember enjoying the book years ago. I think this would be a great middle grade or young adult book.
My Rating: B
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