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Pogach Reviews: Raven's Sphere, by Melissa Koberlein


In Raven’s Sphere, by Melissa Koberlein, teenage thief Raven is on the run from her past, as well as the authorities. To get away even faster, she steals a sweet new ship, only to discover there’s a twelve-year-old boy stowed away on board. Initially inclined to dump the kid off at the first opportunity, Raven finds herself actually liking the weird boy. Like Raven, he has some secrets, and a mysterious glowing sphere. Against her better judgment, Raven finds herself giving a shit for the kid, which brings both their pasts colliding together, making them the most wanted fugitives in the galaxy.

The tagline for Raven’s Sphere is: “If you’re a fan of The Mandalorian or Firefly, you will devour this book,” and I pretty much agree. I don’t read a ton of YA, but I have to tell you, I forgot that’s what I was reading about three minutes in. It’s just a good sci-fi adventure. It’s a fast-paced, fun, and offers characters you get to really care about in a short time. The world building is solid. The dialogue is fast and tight. And there’s no doubt the book ends leaving you wanting more of Raven and her friends.

5/5 stars

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Melissa Koberlein is a young adult author and professor of communication and publishing. She lives in eastern Pennsylvania with her husband, two daughters, and a big, loveable boxador named Zoe. Her passion for stories comes from an imaginative childhood where every day ended with a book. She writes about tech, aliens, and space with humor and heart. She embraces her romantic 'geekiness' and enjoys sharing it with the world.

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