Outer Bounds: Fortune’s Rising

The first book of the Outer Bounds series by Sara King, Fortune's Rising is a pretty good bit of sci-fi. The background is well set up, which is tricky to do. One of the challenges with writing believable sci-fi is that planets capable of supporting life are not a dime a dozen. They don't just happen, and when they do they're incredibly far apart, making it unlikely they'd be able to form any kind of shared governmental structure. Despite what Star Wars would have us believe 😉