Science Fiction

Space: Above & Beyond: Mutiny

Written By: Easton Royce

Published By: Harper Trophy

Reviewed by Melissa Minners


                When I discovered that there were more books based on the short-lived television series Space: Above and Beyond, I set out searching for them.  I didn’t find many, but when I saw Mutiny listed at Amazon, I had to get my hands on it.  When it arrived in the mail, I realized it was a young adults novel, but I loved that television series so much, I had to read it anyway.

                Mutiny is based on the fourth episode of the television series in which the members of the 58th Squadron, known as the Wildcards, must put their faith in the crew of a beat-up freighter to rendezvous with the Saratoga in time for them to complete their mission.  The mission is not starting well.  Already late, the group loses one of their men to Chig sniper fire. 

Once aboard the MacArthur, the crew discover that the only way to get to the Saratoga in time is to travel through Blood Alley, a path between two volatile suns that can wreak havoc with ship sensors and has caused many a ship to burn up thanks to solar flares.  The crew and the squadron are none too happy, especially when Cooper Hawkes discovers that the freighter is carrying a load of Tanks to be turned over to a mining facility at the end of their run. 

Cooper is angry that his people are still being used for forced labor, but things become worse when he discovers that one of the Tanks in the cargo hold is actually a genetic match.  Tanks can go their whole lifespan without finding “family” and Cooper is astonished to realize that he has done the impossible. 

Happiness is short lived when the MacArthur is attacked by a Chig warship intent on destroying them.  With engines losing power, the captain of the vessel orders power to the cargo hold containing the Tanks to be cut off and rerouted to the engines.  Now that Cooper has actually found family, will he be forced to give that up in order to survive?

Despite this being a young adults novel, I found myself thoroughly engrossed in the read.  Easton Royce perfectly describes the scenes in the show and offers us insight into the minds of each character as the action plays out.  I enjoyed this episode when I saw it, but books always lend you insight into the minds and actions of each character and there are times when the book is better than the actual movie or television series it was based on.  This would be one of those times.

Any fan of the television series will find this book entertaining – it will bring you back to that episode and enhance it.  Space: Above and Beyond: Mutiny is definitely a must read for fans like myself and a good way to introduce younger generations to the fandom.


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