Riding the air currents on a glider, all nineteen year old Kitra can think of is traveling to the stars. After procuring a spaceship she convinces a group of friends to partake on an epic adventure and the crew of greenies set out to explore the universe. Do they have what it takes to survive their maiden voyage?
Kitra was written by Gideon Marcus and released by Journey Press in March 2020. The book also features illustrations by Lorelei E. Marcus. Kitra. It is the first book in a ten book series of YA space adventures.
Kitra is a young woman with a mission. She risks everything to buy herself a decommissioned spaceship and sets off with a group of friends to explore the cosmos. Along the way they encounter the many perils of space travel and have to stick together as friends and crew to survive the reality of outer space and attempt to make it home safely.
Praise and critiques:
This book was an excellent and fun read. It reminded me of the juvenile space opera adventures of the late 30s and early 40s (I.E. Edmond Hamilton), but with several major differences.Kitra is a fun, quick read in the way the old-fashioned books are, but the writing is far superior to the schlocky style of the past and the characters are more believable and actualized, not to mention being a diverse cast, unlike the all male (or boy) heroes of the olden days. Marcus is also a space historian, so the science is kept reasonably accurate, and lacks the preposterous inventions indicative of the old-fashioned juveniles. The book also retains a positive story line, and while it is fraught with danger it stays good-humored and is ultimately about friendship. In these days of strife it was refreshing to read such a positive and amusing story.
Fans of YA science fiction and adventure stories will love this book.
5 of 5, a good time fun adventure.