The first in a new series and a new universe, The Devil's Nebula is a great opening act. It follows Ed Carew and his crew of smugglers as they run away from the governing body, the Expansion. However, they do quite the poor job and are caught. Rather than kill the crew, they are offered immunity if they agree to work for the Expansion, which they reluctantly do. Their mission is to travel through enemy space into a region called the Devil's Nebula. They arrive on a planet to investigate a new threat called the Weird that is initially quite hospitable. Not all is as it seems though as the more they investigate, the more they discover the Weird have ulterior motives in their initial generosity that may threaten all life in the universe.
The series is known as Weird Space and is just that. I loved this book as it was completely original but bordered on the line of gross. I won't give you any specifics as they play a key part in the story, but there were moments while I was reading that I cringed. However, I couldn't stop reading.
If you're a fan of sci-fi and new-world creation books, pick this up. The sequel, Satan's Reach, is also a can't miss but definitely start here. The two books are loosely related but there are some important backstory details you'll need to pick up here before you move further into the darkness that is Weird Space.
(Side note, the publisher has chosen me to receive the third book in this series a month early so I'll try to get that review up soon.)
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