Star Rider

By Doris Piserchia

Rating: 3 stars

This is the story of Jade of the Galaxy. Jade is a jak, a distant descendent of Humanity who can skip between the stars with her mount. Jade is young, but a chance encounter leads her to the mythical planet of Doubleluck, which all the jaks in the galaxy are looking for and that sets her and her mount, Hinx, off on a series of adventures and reveal just how special that Jade is.

I wasn’t sure that I was going to like this book to start with. It throws you in at the deep end, with lots of jargon, and takes its time about explaining it, but I did grow to like Jade. She’s an intelligent and active young woman. When she is captured (as happens often in the book), she doesn’t wait to be rescued, but deals with the situation herself.

The other races and characters that Jade interacts with are interesting as well, especially the gibs – a different descendent branch of humanity to the jaks, albeit with similar powers, if not as developed.

This is a nice coming of age tale, as Jade learns something from every encounter, grows up substantially and steps up to face her destiny full in the face.

Book details

ISBN: 9780704340718
Publisher: The Women's Press Ltd
Year of publication: 1974

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