I purchased this book in haste and discovered very quickly that it is a novella, so my biggest criticism of Monkey’s Luck is that it is too short...
This is my first outing in Bonnie Milani’s Home World series, and it is a well crafted piece which starts at a sprint and refuses to slow down until ‘the end’. Was I confused, maybe a little. It is a novella within a larger series of stories and that in mind, some of its story is taken out of context as I had no basis for it. I assume that it is explained in other books.
Did it sour my reading experience? Hells no. This story follows a (space) marine, Kat, who starts her journey leaking oxygen from her armoured EV suit and by a small miracle has not been spaced with the rest of her team. Kat is flawed in some very interesting ways, but what I love about her is how she understands the risks, has believable reservations on dealing with the obstacles thrown at her and then she just goes for it anyway.
Kat is joined by a Lupan (a human/wolf hybrid) named Romeo. I did roll my eyes when he turned up, but he’s actually well crafted too and there is some great humour spawned from their interactions – but I had the biggest belly laugh from the third character and I don’t want to spoil anything here because it’s so bat-sh*t crazy, you wouldn’t believe me anyway and I couldn’t do them justice. Suffice to say, these three are the least likely candidates to lead a story – but they work so well together. But that’s Monkey’s Luck for you.
I would have liked it to have been longer. The story moves at such a pace that you don’t need to stop and admire the trees, or the universe in which the story is based. It left me wanting to know more, which isn’t a bad thing, especially as there are more books in the series...
Thanks Bonnie, which one should I read next?