by Kurtis Wiebe and Mindy Lee
The Gadflies go from wanted criminals to bounty hunters as they try to outrun their pasts.
This story checked a lot of boxes for things I typically like in my sci-fi, but something about it missed the mark for me. There’s crime and spaceships and explosions, a tight knit crew with highly questionable pasts, bounty hunting and secrets that come out along the way. There’s a lot of action with just enough nonsense and lightheartedness sprinkled throughout to balance everything out. It has a lot of cool sci-fi elements that I enjoyed, but I just didn’t connect with the characters or the story.
The story is a bit chaotic and told not entirely in order. It was difficult to consistently follow what was happening, which I don’t usually have a problem with. I had all the pieces, but I didn’t quite get how they all fit together. Most of the story focused on one of the sisters in the crew, so we get to know her a bit, but little is revealed about the majority of the other characters. Overall, this is certainly not a bad story if you’re looking for a quick, quirky sci-fi fix. It has a lot of great elements, but it just wasn’t for me.