Chilling Effect

Chilling Effect #1

Valerie Valdes

fiction science fiction young adult
adventurous lighthearted medium-paced

448 pages | first published 2019

A hilarious, offbeat debut space opera that skewers everything from pop culture to video games and features an irresistible foul-mouthed captain and her motley crew, strange life forms, exciting twists, and a galaxy full of fun and adventure.

Captain Eva Innocente and the crew of La Sirena Negra cruise the galaxy delivering small cargo for even smaller profits. When her sister Mari is kidnapped by The Fridge, a shadowy syndicate that holds people hostage in cryostasis, Eva must undergo a series of unpleasant, dangerous missions to pay the ransom.

But Eva may lose her mind before she can raise the money. The ship’s hold is full of psychic cats, an amorous fish-faced emperor wants her dead after she rejects his advances, and her sweet engineer is giving her a pesky case of feelings. The worse things get, the more she lies, raising suspicions and testing her loyalty to her found family.

To free her sister, Eva will risk everything: her crew, her ship, and the life she’s built on the ashes of her past misdeeds. But when the dominoes start to fall and she finds the real threat is greater than she imagined, she must decide whether to play it cool or burn it all down.

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adventurous 100%
lighthearted 76%
funny 68%
emotional 8%
mysterious 8%
dark 4%
relaxing 4%
tense 4%


fast 60%
medium 36%
slow 4%

Strong character development?

No: 47% | Yes: 31% | It's complicated: 21%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 70% | It's complicated: 15% | No: 15%

Diverse cast of characters?

Yes: 95% | It's complicated: 4%

Flaws of characters centre-stage?

Yes: 68% | It's complicated: 21% | N/A: 5% | No: 5%

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