They're only good at being bad.
Cora Saros is just trying her best to join the family business of theft and intergalactic smuggling. Unfortunately, she's a total disaster.
After landing herself in prison following an attempted heist gone very wrong, she strikes a bargain with the prison warden: He'll expunge her record if she brings back a long-lost treasure rumored to grant immortality.
Cora is skeptical, but with no other way out of prison (and back in her family's good graces), she has no choice but to assemble a crew from her collection of misfit cellmates—a disgraced warrior from an alien planet; a cocky pirate who claims to have the largest ship in the galaxy; and a glitch-prone robot with a penchant for baking—and take off after the fabled prize.
But the ragtag group soon discovers that not only is the too-good-to-be-true treasure very real, but they're also not the only crew on the hunt for it. And it's definitely a prize worth killing for.
Whip-smart and utterly charming, this irreverent sci-fi adventure is perfect for fans of Guardians of the Galaxy, The Lunar Chronicles, and Firefly.
“Don’t move!” The guards were blocking us from all sides. There was only one way out. And as far as I could see, that way was to plow directly through them.
I held up my hands to placate Roo as he pointed his blaster at my forehead. “Sorry, okay? We’re sorry. We’re leaving.”
“In chains,” a female guard piped up.
“Well, before we do that, I have to ask… do any of you happen to have plans for the rest of the day? Meetings to go to? Net programs to watch?”
“No,” grunted Roo. “Why?”
“Oh. Splendid.” I dropped my arms and shook out my sleeves, letting a stun grenade fall into each hand. “Because you’re about to be unconscious for the next ten to twelve hours.”
Then I pulled the grenades’ pins with my teeth and lobbed the weapons through the air.
"Humorous and irreverent ... A healthy mix of sarcastic banter, bathroom humor, light romance, and things that go boom round out the action with a satisfying [...] happy ending. ... A great pick for fans of Douglas Adams’s The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy." ―School Library Journal
"With this star-hopping romp, Banas (The Supervillain and Me) pits her eclectic band of larceny-minded misfits against a hostile universe, forcing them to come together as a makeshift family. ... The quirky characters, who are fleshed out by attributes such as tough Anders’s constant flight sickness and Elio’s insistence on a favorite food despite his inability to eat, share an endearing earnestness. A fun, galaxy-spanning treasure hunt with plenty of action and heart." ―Publishers Weekly
"This was a very entertaining read! A group of ragtag thieves, a warrior, a human, an elf-like thief, and a bot that likes baking but can't eat join together in a space adventure in search of a lost artifact. I loved the premise and I couldn't stop laughing." ―Milky Way of Books
"There are so many aspects of the book that I adored, including heists and a misfit group of criminals, and the tone of the book is so fun. I would definitely recommend this to those looking for a quirky and original read. ... This book is very fast-paced, and it will both put a smile on the reader’s face and leave them on the edge of their seat." ―The Candid Cover