Orphan Station by John Kent
Published: March 9, 2014
Those on Orphan Station were hardened officers, working to ensure the safe and efficient transition of passengers traveling from Earth to the new colony in the Eta Cassiopeia star system.
They certainly weren’t prepared for the arrival of Selene Sotana.
When her father died, the military men of Orphan Station became Selene’s family, the corridors of the station her playground. There, Selene could be princess or cosmonaut, destined for greatness as she found new ways to save the universe from space pirates and aliens.
Selene’s life was perfect until the day the captain called on her to save a real ship. Could she be the hero of her dreams? More importantly, could she keep her secrets from the passengers she saved?
Orphan Station is not just a typical sci-fi story, it's the story of a young girl growing up on a space station trying to figure out where she belongs and how she fits in. Surrounded by men whom she calls Uncles, she finds solace in the only other female around – Cecile, the computer program she created. With the help of Cecile and her uncles, she learns the true meaning of family and how it doesn't necessarily mean who your biological parents are, but who you love and who loves you back.
She spends her time learning the many operations and duties of running and maintaining the ship all while playing and letting her imagination run wild. The grownups tend to ignore her because she is still young, which allows her to discover more about the ship and her past then they realize. Between growing up too fast, still trying to have a childhood and being sheltered from the reality of her life, her world is skewed, but she fights hard for them to see her as more than capable of becoming an officer.
Little do the men around her know, that when it comes down to it, Selene is more than capable of making tough decisions and knowing what must happen for the greater good. She finally figures out what she was meant to do with her life and how her life at the station came to be. It isn't an easy progression and it takes her time to come to terms with her history, but she becomes all that much stronger for knowing that past, the present and her new future.
Orphan Station is a dystopian novel of sorts. With life on Earth changing so drastically, that people are being moved to other planets. Orphan Station is a stop along the way to the new planets. Selene does not know what is like to have lived on Earth as she was born on the station and has lost both of her parents at a young age. The technology and the science in this book is extremely interesting and I loved that Selene is intelligent enough to write her own computer program. Overall, I loved the concept of this book, but I really enjoyed the emotional journey that Selene completes during the course of the story.
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About the Author:
John Kent was born in Kingston, Ontario. He started reading at a very young age and started writing ten minutes after. He grew up on a farm where he envisioned aliens and dragons around every corner. He also has a habit of giving every animal in his growing flock an inner monologue complete with their own accents.