Richard Hayek is an exolinguist with a troubled past and a way with his fists. As the first officer of the ISS Jemison, his duty is to smooth the way for the ship's crew of scientists to explore places never before seen by human beings. And he likes his job, when he gets to do it. But when a rogue computer virus leaves the Jemison stranded and her crew helpless, Hayek's options aren't promising. There's also the little matter of David Molloy, the captain's son, missing for four months after an encounter with some enigmatic space pirates. His only leads are an unscrupulous station administrator, an illicit chop shop, and the station's head of computer sciences, an alien named Dar Nantais. But Nantais is dying, and something much bigger may be aiming to wipe out her entire species.
In Book One of Non-Compliant Space, Verity Reynolds introduces you to a unique cast of characters and a world you will not forget as she plunges you into intergalactic intrigue. Slavers, biologically evolved assassins, and a dark secret about the way the Interstellar Fleet really operates are just the beginning. Will the crew of the Jemison uncover it in time to save Nantais so she can save her people?
Early Reviewers Say:
Nantais is at its most interesting when Reynolds uses alien forms of communication to lightly upend common wisdom about communication in humans. Different species use different body language, including flapping and otherwise gesturing with the hands. Niralans appear to have no body language at all, and seem eerily emotionless to humans, but their nonverbal communication is actually some of the richest and most intense in the galaxy, for the few who have a sufficiently close physical connection to read it. Autistic readers and others whose emotions are misperceived by those around them will be delighted to spend time with the Niralan characters.
In her mind-bending debut novel Nantais, the first book in her Non-Compliant Space series, Verity Reynolds gives us a vivid and memorable cast of characters and a gripping story that draws on classic space opera and cyberpunk traditions - and masterfully weaves in themes of queerness and neurodiversity, biting satire, and radical perspectives on the nature of love, family, consciousness, compliance, and resistance. Years from now, people will look back on Nantais as one of the foundational works in the emerging genre of neuroqueer science fiction.
Verity Reynolds has brought us a book filled with both ideas and action, a difficult balance to achieve in science fiction. The result is one of those rare books you just can’t put down.
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-945955-06-8
Trim Size: 8.5 x 5.5 inches