Our Bookseller says:
“This debut begins almost as a series of vignettes, a strand of longing braiding them loosely and then knotting them together into a world-busting narrative. Jimenez weaves this literary space opera tightly, fully realized characters and their familial bonds (queer love, nonbiological parentage, a motley crew not unlike pirates) holding everything together. They’re never sacrificed for the plot or the world-building, their actions driving the story forward.
Ever ambitious, this imaginative story also explores the depths of Capitalism and the fallibility of genius, of advancement for the sake of advancement. The fact that this book is Jimenez’s debut is awe-inspiring – and I, a person who does not normally read science fiction, will read anything this author creates.”
“This is when your life begins.”
Nia Imani is a woman out of place and outside of time. Decades of travel through the stars are condensed into mere months for her, though the years continue to march steadily onward for everyone she has ever known. Her friends and lovers have aged past her, and all she has left is work. Alone and adrift, she lives for only the next paycheck, until the day she meets a mysterious boy, fallen from the sky.
A boy, broken by his past.
The scarred child does not speak, his only form of communication the beautiful and haunting music he plays from an old wooden flute. Captured by his songs, and their strange, immediate connection, Nia decides to take the boy in. And over years of starlit travel, these two outsiders discover in one another the things they lacked. For him, a home, a place of love and safety. For her, an anchor to the world outside herself.
For the both of them, a family.
But Nia is not the only one who wants the boy. The past hungers for him, and when it catches up, it threatens to tear this makeshift family apart.