I have been away for six million years because I am the worst. That's all I will say on the subject.
So. This book. I only really heard about it well after it came out, but was immediately intrigued by the fact that it takes place in outer space, because, well, outer space. I love outer space. I'm always ready to read a novel set on a spaceship... (Illuminae, anyone?) I suspect seeing Star Wars in the fifth grade may have shaped me as a person.
And this one was a fun read. I wasn't thrilled with every part of it, but overall quite enjoyed it. It was almost like an introduction to a lot of tropes, but it was done in a way that wasn't completely irritating. While I didn't initially love the characters, Solara had traits that I could respect and I enjoyed watching Doran grow into a person I didn't hate.
Watching the characters grow was probably the most interesting part of the book. For the most part, they're trapped on a ship together, at close quarters with each other and the rest of the crew- a ragtag group, some of whom are keeping dangerous secrets. It was fun learning about the rest of the crew, and watching Solara and Doran figure each other out. I wasn't totally engaged in either of them all the time (especially at the beginning), but I still enjoyed reading their journey.
The plot was fairly fast-paced and featured running from the police, space pirates, and sneaking. This was a plot that basically started quickly and didn't really abate until the last chapter or so, though some of the events felt a bit disconnected or not entirely necessary to the plot. The ship is a pretty well-constructed setting (though I would have really liked a blueprint, just because I really like maps, okay?)
Overall this was an enjoyable read- I wasn't blown away, but it contained enough elements that I liked that it was still worth picking up, and I'm looking forward to seeing what happens in the next book!