This is a well written and engaging series of short novels about a bunch of misfit characters on a space ship called the Endurance. Each book focuses on a different character – all real and believable, though somewhat excentric – and has humour amongst the drama, a good balance of action and character development, and pacing that keeps you reading without gasping from over exertion.
The series is unpretentious, simple, and charming, and written with a light touch. Each book takes about the time of a movie to read, and there are five books in the series. This book also includes two short stories.
The author ties up the series by drawing back in previous stories and reminding us of how the captain felt when he first was assigned his job at the helm of the Endurance. Through this we realise how much the characters have grown, and it further strengthens the series theme of how the very qualities that those in power may find unacceptable in employees may be the very qualities needed to solve problems no one else can solve. These stories are a celebration of thinking outside the box.
Highly recommended for anyone who wants an entertaining and well-written read.
Here’s the official description:
A disrespected ship, exiled to lonely patrol in the dark corners of the solar system.
A crew of screw-ups, written off by the entire fleet.
They’re about to change everything.
If they don’t blow themselves up first.
Join the Endurance’s crew – a trigger-happy first officer, a hyperactive engineer, a shy covert operative, a conspiracy-spouting physicist, and a captain trying to earn his way back into his superiors’ good graces – as they explore the galaxy by accident and trip their way into saving the world.