Devi Morris has a lot of problems. And not the fun, easy-to-shoot kind either.
After a mysterious attack left her short several memories and one partner, she's determined to keep her head down, do her job, and get on with her life. But even though Devi's not actually looking for it -- trouble keeps finding her. She sees things no one else can, the black stain on her hands is growing, and she is entangled with the cook she's supposed to hate.
But when a deadly crisis exposes far more of the truth than she bargained for, Devi discovers there's worse fates than being shot, and sometimes the only people you can trust are the ones who want you dead.
So you're a kickass merc who signed on with a cursed ship filled with misfits from across the galaxy, with a captain who likes to obscure the truth and his creepy daughter who keeps grinning at you like a crazy woman. You've lost huge chunks of your memory, your favorite blade, feel a repulsion to one of your crew mates (who keeps staring at you) and your former security partner is dead in a hideous way, but you can't remember HOW.
What would you do? Well if you're Deviana Morris you'd go searching for the nearest quadrant of space filled with pirates so you can kill them until you feel better. Or buy a really really pretty sword to soothe your broken heart over losing your favorite blade.
Regardless of anything else, and Devi is put through the ringer in this book in horribly scarring ways (that I guess Paradoxians thrive on...), she does maintain her PHD in badassery. Nothing keeps Devi from getting hers and I think perhaps everyone understands this by the end of the book finally.
In some ways parts of the first third was dejavu from book 1. Devi had a mystery and she had an enemy she couldn't quite fight. Her reaction to the cook (Rupert) is one she doesn't understand at all, nor does she understand the emotions on his face (the sadness, the longing, the frustration, the hurt). She can't even remember his name. As a reader you know why Rupert is so conflicted. You know why he keeps struggling to keep himself away from her. Its almost painful when Devi snaps at him or is cruel towards him because you know she doesn't know what she should know.
And that scene? On the snow covered planet? That was almost unbearable in some ways.
Then we get to when things are clearer for her and its a relentless stream of one bad thing after another while she bluffs, bullies and shoots her way to an acceptable outcome. Or what she has to deal with as an acceptable outcome. She's not particularly happy by the end of the book (though no one is particularly happy, so relatively speaking I think only Rupert was at all okay with the situation at the end and that's tenuous at best).
Overall if you enjoyed Devi's first adventure, you'll enjoy this one. The deeper mystery of who/what Ren is, what happened to Devi to make her wanted by so many people and what in the frak is going on with Caldswell comes to a head. There's a larger looming threat guys, and no I'm not talking about those hulking heavy Terran suits that are worthless (at least, so Devi says).
I'm very very interested to see where all this goes and if Devi gets to become a Devastator like she hopes. Well if she still wants that at the end. Its debatable.