“Nothing is as it should be.
After weeks of boredom, Andi is excited when the Surveyor is called upon to rescue a freighter that mysteriously vanished in uncharted space. Excitement quickly turns to unease when the ship encounters an unknown phenomenon—a cloud that appears not to exist. But with the freighter’s crew in danger, the Surveyor has no choice but to venture into unknown territory.
As soon as they enter the cloud, its unstable effects wreak havoc on the ship. They’re flying blind. Every piece of equipment is malfunctioning. And every member of the crew is unable to think straight or act like themselves—except Andi.
Now she’s expected to guide them through the predicament with no previous command experience and no one to turn to for support. And with each passing hour, it becomes clear that if they don’t escape the cloud soon—they won’t escape it at all.” (from Goodreads)
So, this was amazing. It tied together all the strands that had been set up in the previous books and just blew my mind. (I stayed up too late reading. I have almost no regrets.) Almost like a series finale, actually, though fortunately for us there are more books. 😀
Pro tip: Don’t fly into creepy, non-existent-to-instruments clouds if you can help it.
At first, I found everyone’s personality switches a little bit funny, but as time passed, things grew more urgent, and Andi began to get more and more tired from the weight of it all, I was like, okay, I see the seriousness. Also, um, apparently at least one person on the ship has an inner villain? O.o. (But the motivations, oh, I loved the whole thing about motivations staying the same, and I honestly couldn’t completely hate the villain, and I need resolution of that, and everything.) XD I really loved how Andi got to work together with her brother and her cousin again in this one, and as someone with multiple chronically ill family members, the radialloy storyline was special to me. 😉
(I also really, really loved how even when Andi was necessarily thrust into a role of leadership, she tried to do it respectfully and honor her Captain and her dad. Yay to that!)
Just a note, the team–Major Spoiler Here!–board another ship and find the entire crew dead which is a disturbing scene.
Altogether, this was fantastic, and I’m excited to see where that cliffhanger leads. 😉