Friday, March 6, 2020

Weekend Reads: Space Drifters: The Emerald Enigma (Lizzie)

Is it a bad morning when your spaceship is surrounded by star pirates and then captured by a bounty hunter--all before you've had a chance to change out of your pajamas? Captain Glint Starcrost thinks so. But while it's unpleasant for him, it's rather entertaining for me.

I don't usually read science fiction. It's not that I dislike it; I just usually go for the genres I am already familiar with. But Space Drifters: The Emerald Enigma has a catchy cover and was said to be funny, so I decided to give it a try. Verdict: It's well worth the foray into science fiction. In short, if you like Guardians of the Galaxy, you'll like Space Drifters. Glint Starcrost has a similar immature but lovable adventurer-playboy personality as Chris Pratt's character.

The Emerald Enigma is a humorous adventure story that follows Glint's quest for the Emerald Enigma (a gem stone said to grant wishes). Only the quest also involves escaping bounty hunters and old space academy rivals. To add to the enjoyment, Glint has a fun group of fellow travelers, including the super-intelligent, talented, and (currently) peaceable reptilian warrior Blix; the time-traveling teen from the past Nevlan; the passive-aggressive ship's computer Iris; and the beautiful bounty hunter Jasette. 

This is an Enclave book, so it's clean. It also has an interesting Christian thread to it in that the time-traveling teen has a Bible in his backpack when he shows up on ship, and Blix, like the others of his kind, are compulsive book stealers/readers. I'm curious to see how that plays out, and to know if Glint ever matures... There are three books in the series, and I'm looking forward to reading those too, so I'll have to see what happens.

Have you ever read Space Drifters? How often do you branch out from your usual genres?


  1. I've seen this book circulating around, but it kind of sounds ... silly? I don't mind wisecracking heroes and such, but it just ... sounds a bit too far on the side of ridiculous. Is it actually a good story? Maybe the marketing just hasn't hit me right.

    1. It wasn't really silly, but I guess that depends on your personal taste. If you're okay with Guardians of the Galaxy level of silliness, then you can handle this. I thought it was a good story.


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