Humans have just ended their war with the Vetch and are beginning to live peacefully with one another. Until a new enemy begins to wage war on human planets. The most recent annihilation took place on Braun's World, a devastating massacre that wiped out all human life. The enemy, known as the Weird, has recently opened up a portal nearby and all live in fear that their attacks are moving forward.
Delia Walker, a government official for the Expansion, discovers she is pregnant - something strictly forbidden in the Expansion for fear of infection by the Weird. She is discovered after being betrayed by her friends, and fired knowing her superiors are out to kill her for this. She takes off for a mythical planet where rumor has it that the humans, the Vetch, and the Weird live peacefully. However, she has no idea where this world is. She hires Yershov, a crazy pilot for the Baba Yaga and requests that he take her. Along the way, they find a Vetch child has hitchhiked on the ship and pledges his loyalty to Delia.
Expansion officials are not too far behind as they chase Delia throughout the universe trying to kill her for fear she will let their secret out. The problem is, she has no idea what they are talking about. But the secret does begin to leak out that there's more to the recent annihilation at Braun's World than meets the eye. And the Expansion will stop at nothing to kill all of those who know.
This is the third book in the Weird Space series by Brown. Though it can be read as a stand alone and appreciated, it was nice to have read the first two to have back story. This is a fast-paced, fun novel that essentially is an intergalactic space chase. There are lots of twists and turns and the writing is spot on - exciting, fast, descriptive, and fun. The ending is a good one but does finish a little cryptically, so definitely be on the lookout for a sequel.
Overall, great story, great writing, great new installment in this series. Personally, this is the best so far in the Weird Space series.
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