Yikes! What a gritty story.
Unlike Episode 1 we are presented here with an audio transcript of an interview from a dying man who survived an attack by pirates. (yes! space pirates! cool.)
The poor survivor thinks he made it to safety but he, quite literately, dropped from one dangerous situation into another.
I was hoping we'd pick the story up with the same cast of characters from Episode 1 but instead I found the universe Scalzi has created expanded before me. I loved the grittiness of it. Space is hard and it takes tough people to occupy it.
I am now a giant fan of Scalzi. This guy can write in any style he wants and make the story a pleasure to read.
John Scalzi's website is here: