Don't read Dark Space if you're after a sweeping space opera. There are no space empires here, no dashing starship captains, no bad boy smugglers and no 'sploshions. Which isn't to say I don't like those things -- I love those things! First crush I ever had? This guy:
You just won't find anything like him in Dark Space.
In Dark Space, space is black, cold, and it will suck the air right out of your lungs. It's endless and claustrophobic at the same time. It scares the hell out of Brady. Space is where his nightmares come from. As he says:
“Bad shit comes from space. Shit that will kill us all.”
Brady's stuck on a space station with no way home, and he's terrified. He hates looking out the windows. He tries to keep his back to the black at all times, but it doesn't make a difference. He can still feel it, the fear creeping up his spine. Threatening to choke him with every breath.
Brady's not a reckless hero with a cocky grin and a blaster. If he's reckless at all, it's because he thinks he's already dead, and because he thinks that humanity itself hasn't got longer than a week before the Faceless wipe them out. His recklessness doesn't manifest itself in traditional heroism, but it's still kind of heroic: Brady takes a chance on Cam.
He only does it because he figures he's got nothing left to lose.
He's wrong, of course.
Dark Space is out from Loose Id on December 4.