This story has a lot of the themes and characters we all loved in Firefly. Space drama has been done before, and done well, so let’s talk about what makes Tapped great. And by that I mean, let’s talk about Jo and Seach, ok? Space veterans with a scrappy, beloved ship is one of my favorite scifi premises, and this is a particularly good version.
First, Jo is the captain, not the medic / sidekick / psychic finder of the plot / princess. Even though scifi novels are full of the badass lady warrior, we don’t get a lot of badass lady warriors who also really love their kid. Seach and Jo have a realistic romance, where they work together, and they like and respect each other, and eventually, they also want to get naked together. I’ve been thinking about using a star system for book reviews, but I can’t because sometimes I’d find things like this acerbic and maternal space veteran, and would have to give Jo 73 stars out of 5.
To be honest, I didn’t go into this with really high hopes. After covering the Writers of the Future scifi anthology, I’ve been inundated with scifi eARCs and requests to review, but recently most of those have ended with me awkwardly telling the author or the PR rep that I couldn’t make it through the novel and wouldn’t be posting about it. I only accepted this one because I’ve worked with this rep before, but I am really, really glad I found Tapped.
I received an eARC of this book to review. All opinions are my own, of course.