Under Fortunate Stars by Ren Hutchings- Book review

I loved this space opera with a touch of time travel with strong Firefly vibes. Here is my review of Under Fortunate Stars by Ren Hutchings.

Genre: science- fiction/space opera

Publication date: 12 May 2022

Source: Thank you Jess Gofton at Rebellion Publishing


Fleeing the final days of the generations-long war with the alien Felen, smuggler Jereth Keeven’s freighter the Jonah breaks down in a strange rift in deep space, with little chance of rescue—until they encounter the research vessel Gallion, which claims to be from 152 years in the future.
The Gallion‘s chief engineer Uma Ozakka has always been fascinated with the past, especially the tale of the Fortunate Five, who ended the war with the Felen. When the Gallion rescues a run-down junk freighter, Ozakka is shocked to recognize the Five’s legendary ship—and the Five’s famed leader, Eldric Leesongronski, among the crew.
But nothing else about Leesongronski and his crewmates seems to match up with the historical record. With their ships running out of power in the rift, more than the lives of both crews may be at stake.


I just had to read this book after I saw the cover- I haven’t seen many space-opera book covers in pastel and light colours and this cover is just pretty. Yes,I judged a book by its cover.

I received a copy of this book for a free and unbiased review

Under Fortunate Stars by Ren Hutchings lives up to my expectations and more. The plot races along with plenty of action and time slip mysteries that kept me guessing right till the end. Despite the sense of impending doom, the tone is never downbeat. I find that some space opera requires a basic degree in astrophysics but thankfully this science in this book is easy to understand and make sense

Uma and Shaan are the two point of view characters but are strong and realistic female characters with Eldric and Jereth being the other two point of view characters.

Uma’s ( and the rest of the crew’s )reaction to meeting three of the Fortunate Five was hilarious particularly when they realise that the Fortunate five aren’t very heroic at all and are missing two vital people. It is obvious that Jereth was bound to be the negotiator, but I found his journey from conman arms-trafficker to not so reluctant hero satisfying.

My only criticism is ( and it might be just me) that it took a while to get used to the way the chapters jumped from different time periods for each of the characters.

This has to be one of my favourite reads this year and would recommend this to anyone who enjoys a little something extra in their space operas.

Perfect for Fans

Becky Chambers and Firefly

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