Pilot-in-training Matt Cruse and Kate de Vries, expert on high-altitude life-forms, are invited aboard the Starclimber, a vessel that literally climbs its way into the cosmos. Before they even set foot aboard the ship, catastrophe strikes:
Kate announces she is engaged—and not to Matt.
Despite this bombshell, Matt and Kate embark on their journey into space, but soon the ship is surrounded by strange and unsettling life-forms, and the crew is forced to combat devastating mechanical failure. For Matt, Kate, and the entire crew of the Starclimber, what began as an exciting race to the stars has now turned into a battle to save their lives.
This book is written in an old style language, almost like it is from the 50s. Which I believe, after some research, that it is supposed to be set in the time period. I enjoyed that aspect of the writing style, because it was different then what I usually read; however, I also had a hard time with this style because all of the equipment and technology in the book seems to be very advanced for it being set in the 50s.
I enjoyed Matt and Kate’s characters-though Matt is too good for Kate and she treats him like crap!-I still enjoyed them as individuals. This was my first Kenneth Opel book and I found out about half way through the book that this is part of a trilogy! I did NOT know that and probably wouldn’t have read the others in the series…you can read just THIS book in the trilogy without feeling lost or like you are missing some of the information.
I am not sure that I will pick up another Opel book…but this one wasn’t bad!