A Pale Light in the Black

NeoG #1

K.B. Wagers

fiction lgbtqia+ science fiction
adventurous emotional lighthearted medium-paced

432 pages | first published 2020

The book centers on the rivalry between military branches, which plays out through the Boarding Games—a competition pitting service members against each other to see just who is best in events like tactical problem is solving, piloting, fencing and martial arts, and, of course, boarding actions. And while other military science fiction features the exploration and defense of far-flung reaches of space, the Neo-G protects the area closer to home—a force we could very well see in our own lifetime. Made up of a band of retired veterans and raw recruits with sub-par equipment and the scorn of the military establishment, the NEO-G are the ultimate underdogs.

The first book in the NEO-G series comes out in hardcover in Spring 2020 from Harper Voyager, starting with A Pale Light in the Black. There are currently two books planned in the series, with the option to continue.

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adventurous 100%
lighthearted 69%
funny 53%
hopeful 38%
emotional 30%
mysterious 30%
challenging 7%
inspiring 7%
relaxing 7%


medium 69%
fast 30%

Strong character development?

Yes: 91% | No: 8%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 92% | It's complicated: 7%

Diverse cast of characters?

Yes: 100%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 75% | It's complicated: 16% | N/A: 8%

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