L.J. Cohen / Dec 06, 2019

Derelict When Rosalen Maldonado tinkers with the derelict ship she s just hoping to prove she deserves a scholarship to University She certainly doesn t count on waking the ship s damaged AI or having three s

  • Title: Derelict
  • Author: L.J. Cohen
  • ISBN: 9780984787074
  • Page: 177
  • Format: ebook
  • When Rosalen Maldonado tinkers with the derelict ship, she s just hoping to prove she deserves a scholarship to University She certainly doesn t count on waking the ship s damaged AI or having three stowaways, Micah Rotherwood and brothers, Jem, and Barre Durbin, along for the ride They all have their private reasons for hiding aboard and lives they are seeking to escapeWhen Rosalen Maldonado tinkers with the derelict ship, she s just hoping to prove she deserves a scholarship to University She certainly doesn t count on waking the ship s damaged AI or having three stowaways, Micah Rotherwood and brothers, Jem, and Barre Durbin, along for the ride They all have their private reasons for hiding aboard and lives they are seeking to escape, but if the accidental crew can t work together and learn to trust each other, they ll die together, victims of a computer that doesn t realize the war ended decades before any of them were even born.

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      • L.J. Cohen

        LJ lives outside of Boston with her family and dogs Her writing spans the gamut from poetry, essays, short stories, and novels LJ has a secret love of reading and writing YA books.


    1. DNF at 46%I wanted to finish this book but I couldn’t. The story was interesting, and the writing was professional, but the lead characters turned me off. There are four of them, each one a teenager. Each one is full of anger and hostility towards everything and everyone, especially towards each other. For each of them, the world is out to get them, their parents are crappy, their neighbors are shit, their living conditions are intolerable, nobody understands their horrible suffering you get [...]

    2. My first encounters with science fiction as a pre-teen were the classic space operas of Andre Norton, including the Solar Queen books, about a young man's adventures on an interstellar trader. In my teenage years, I enjoyed Harry Harrison and Robert Heinlein's space operas, and I still love a good space opera - I'm a huge Vorkosigan fan. This is a good space opera. It has the classic elements: resourceful young people facing danger that might be beyond their resourcefulness, a technological emer [...]

    3. I've had Derelict sitting on my Kindle for AGES now and I am glad I finally started reading - this is such a fantastic coming-of-age space opera with a diverse group of teens who are NOT annoying and written like real people and not some constructed personalities.

    4. This first book in Cohen's Halcyone series is a great start. The main character, Ro Maldonado, is a prickly and talented young woman with an abusive father. And let me tell you, her father is a major jackass, a criminal, and an all-round candidate for worst father ever. However, his bad parenting is almost equaled by Micah Rotherwood's dad, a disgraced senator in league with Maldonado senior. All of the despicable behavior is in spoiler territory, so 'nuff said.When Ro discovers Micah in the cra [...]

    5. This review is for the Kindle edition ebook.Disclosure: I was given my copy of this book by the author as a review copy.Actions of the parents often make like difficult for the family.Four teenagers find life unbearable, and find themselves doing something about it. Learning to work together is not easy, but is something required for survival. I thought this book really exemplifies the need to learn to work together. Too many times, teens and young adults think they can conquer the world, as lon [...]

    6. L.J. Cohen's DERELICT is a well-written, fast-paced adventure. The characters are diverse (a real bonus in science fiction) and well-written, and the plot and pacing are ideal for anyone who loves good science fiction.I call this "good science fiction" in particular because the tech doesn't feel like a "fake overlay" on a story that could have happened anywhere. This isn't something else shoehorned into a space or futuristic setting. Cohen's world is fully built and carefully developed, creating [...]

    7. Hard science fiction is not a genre I usual select, but this came with a strong recommendation. Dueling spaceships is not the focus. Rather, LJ Cohen has written a human conflict of will and emotion amplified by the circumstances of the derelict freighter, Halcyone, suddenly re-energizing and carrying four young people on a wild ride through space. Various unexpected events kept me reading.Programming and artificial intelligence are big parts of this story. The information of what is being done [...]

    8. Lisa Cohen’s DERELICT is a punchy, fast-moving YA sci-fi novel with a gripping story and lots of heart. The characters are complex, flawed, and well-rounded. They inspire, they annoy, they bicker and fight. They find (and turn away from) love, form bonds, endure tragedies, and conquer personal demons. What I loved most about the book were the technical details. Cohen writes about technology and computers with more skill and acuity than any writer I’ve read in recent memory. In the hands of l [...]

    9. Derelict grabbed my interest right from the start and by the end I really couldn’t put it down.The lifestyles of the teenaged protagonists are equal parts alien (total indifference to space travel and life on a space station) and relatable (inseparable from their phones--excuse me, ‘micros’). The obstacles and challenges in their lives are real and serious, and not just the overblown emotions of hormonal high-schoolers. As such, I found them to be sympathetic and engaging and I cared about [...]

    10. This is a fun, exciting book with characters that feel very real. It kept me turning the pages to the end. I was kind of surprised at the speed with which some of the conflicts were resolved in the tail end of the book. It leaves things open for a sequel, which I am looking forward to, but I was looking for something else to happen (hard to discuss it without spoiling anything) before the book ended. Instead, that resolution seems to have been pushed back to a subsequent book. Putting that aside [...]

    11. This is a space opera about a bunch of kids who end up on derelict space craft with a broken AI. I wish they would've gotten on the ship sooner. It seemed like a huge amount of plot happened to get us to that point, and because it felt inevitable that they would eventually get on the ship, it felt like that part of the story took forever. Once they were aboard, though, I thoroughly enjoyed the story. The kids all have their own hang-ups, but they learn to work together, which is great. Also this [...]

    12. A quick interesting read. I like space scifi that's focused on ships/regular people like this (like Quarter Share, etc) and this fits the bill great. No sweeping space battles, no intergalactic polictics, just a handful of people in a tight spot. Focused, compact, and good.

    13. Strong and fascinating characters and very believable relationship dynamics. Cohen balances adolescent concerns like parental relationships and growing up, with serious adult decisions for her young characters an active plot. I was engaged throughout and am moving around my reading schedule to get to the sequel sooner. Great read!

    14. Its so hard to find good space opera aimed at younger readers. Will for sure read this to my nephew and new niece later. Maybe by the time they are old enough to start to understand there will be a sequel to read.

    15. Feisty character who I liked in spite (because?) of their flaws. Ro, in particular, is intriguing because she is so damaged and tried to be unlikeable. Her journey from loner to leader of a loyal crew, is not an easy one and I'm intrigued to see where it goes in the sequels. But Barre and Micah won me over quickly.Lots of space adventure and big ideas in medicine, music and technology. Lots of technobabble (which I like), and complicated family dynamics as well as intrigue and societal pressure. [...]

    16. I read this book as a book-swap to see if I would promote the book to my mailing list. I sent her FountainCorp Security, she sent me Derelict.This book is not my personal cup of tea, but it's not a bad book.She's got a pretty large cast and those sorts of ensemble books can get out of control. Ms. Cohen does a good job of keeping everything straight and keeping everyone in play. Her main characters have strong motivations and are different people pressed into service together by a mixture of cir [...]

    17. This book is amazing. The science is well-described and convincing and the characters are so well drawn, I really felt for them. The plot has so many unexpected twists and turns I found it hard to put down and eventually stayed up until past one in the morning in order to finish it. Highly recommended, and I shall definitely be buying the sequels.

    18. I read this young adult sci-fi on recommendation. It started slow, but came together in the last half. The relationships between the main characters particularly interested me, as well as the choices they make in the end.

    19. Five stars for kick-ass, complex, diverse characters, a tight plot, and absence of creepy YA love triangles. I'm buying my copy of Ithaka Rising today.

    20. Interesting story, have been looking for new Sci-Fi authors since I have read most of the classic sci-fi fiction. Twists and turns for a good read.

    21. Nice space adventure for YA readers. I also appreciated the inclusiveness of Cohen's cast. I quickly finished the next three in the series and am eagerly awaiting the next installment.

    22. Rosalen is a young teen who is brilliant with computers. Her cold hearted and abusive father refuses to sign papers for a university scholarship. Ro begins to tinker with a derelict freighter moored outside of their space station. She runs into another troubled teen, Micah, the son of one of the higher ranking officers. Micah is doing secret botany experiments on the freighter. Ro suspects his work may be illegal but she is willing to keep his secrets in exchange for hers.Ro discovers another hi [...]

    23. LJ Cohen knows teenagers. Ro, the protagonist of her book DERELICT, is a brilliant young coder, the daughter of a non-communicative, widowed father. He has moved and uprooted her every few years, from one spaceship assignment to another. I love Ro, and all the characters of this well-written book. I loved their stories, and had to keep reading to see how they worked out their difficulties with parents, school, career options and love interests. The plot ramps up and puts incredible pressure on t [...]

    24. DerelictOf spaceships and lives.Ro Maldonado wants freedom from her sadistic dad; Micah Rotherwood wants freedom from his self-centered father; Barre Durbin wants freedom from his condescending parents. They are all stuck on an asteroid, Daedalus, an outpost way out in space. Their lives intersect when Ro decides to wake up the eponymous, derelict spaceship, a dead military freighter. She wants the credit for resurrecting the damaged AI so she could apply for scholarship on her own and claim her [...]

    25. Overall I enjoyed most of the characters, the science and tech of the story. There was one plot point/character interaction that just struck cognitive dissonance for me, made my internal creeper alarm go off, and caused me to stop reading for a few days, but, I had to find out if the main characters made it back home safe and sound, or were left adrift in space, ready for a sequel.Hopefully without giving too much away, you have a crew of misfit teenagers with more angst and abuse (physical, emo [...]

    26. I found this to be an enjoyable YA-ish space opera. The four principal characters are sympathetic and intelligent, and the story is gritty and down to earth. The style reminds me somewhat of science fiction from the fifties and sixties--particularly Heinlein. I wouldn't go so far as to say this is something Heinlein would write, but I got that vibe.The plot mainly involves resurrecting an old freighter--and then getting stuck on said freighter due to its damaged AI. There's more to it than an th [...]

    27. I think Derelict is the best indie book I've read, and I'm going to put it in my mental list of books I'd suggest for my kids to read when they're older.The four main characters are well fleshed out and following their individual stories fully immersed me in their lives. Each character had problems with their parents (who doesn't at that age?), but as the story unfolds you learn more and more that puts you fully in the kids' corners.I think the only thing I found to be somewhat unbelievable was [...]

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