The Hands We’re Given
Aidan is barely out of command school when he’s sent to command the Wildcards–a base with the highest insubordination record, as well as the highest mission success rate. When he arrives, however, he finds a ragtag group of misfits struggling to handle the death of their dear friend, Commander Taylor. Aidan struggles to take over for a larger-than-life Taylor, keep the base functioning, and keep his deepest secret–that he’s a trans-man. Add a crush on his mercurial logistics officer, Kevin, and Aidan might not stand a chance.
Sara’s Rating: 5/5
Wow. I stumbled on this series through the CO Resistance Reads, and I’m so happy I did. I don’t often give
Effortless world-building helped me easily picture the loud, bright reality of the United Corporations. It’s a future that feels TOO real at times–every move is bombarded by ads, and your credit and social standing mean life-and-death. The protagonists are part of the Democratic State Force, a group fighting for democracy against faceless companies like agricultural producer AgCorp and the military EagleCorp. My one criticism: I wanted to see even more of the missions! The Wildcards have a tough job, and I cheered for them every step of the way–or shouted at the book when they failed.
This series is Firefly for the cyberpunk genre, and I love every word of it.
About the Reviewer
Sara Voorhis is an avid adult / YA fiction and memoir reader. She loves character-driven work that is both honest and poignant. Works featuring marginalized folk of all sorts are her particular favorites, especially if they’re #OwnVoices. If it makes her cry, it’s a sure winner!