When an accidental launch sequence ends with Kyler hurtling through space on the family cruiser, the thrill of freedom is cut short by two space pirates determined to steal his ship. Not happening!
Luckily, Kyler bumps into Fig, a savvy young Wanderer who makes a living by blowing up asteroids. She could really use a ride to Earth and Kyler could really use a hand with the pirates.
But when Kyler learns the truth about Fig's mission, the two must put aside their differences long enough to stop the threat of astronomical proportions racing towards Earth.
This is a great melding of Dystopia with space adventure. Sure, things are bad on Earth, and people have escaped, but it's not into a Hunger Games sort of scenario where everything is awful. Kyler's family seems to have a decent enough, middle class existence in space, complete with trips to Grandma's and vacations, but there are still problems that need to be addressed.
Fig is an interesting character, and her representation of a minority population that is being mistreated is a timely one. Despite her lack of parents, Fig is succeeding at survival, and it's nice to see her be a little vulnerable and connect with Kyler.
Kyler and Fig's adventures make for a great summer read; if young readers can score an old refrigerator box and make a space ship in which to read the tale, all the better! Read alikes include space adventure books like Levy's Seventh Grade vs. the Galaxy, Fry's Jupiter Pirates, McDougall's Mars Evacuees, and Kraatz's Space Runners.