Floating Hotel

DAW. Mar. 2024. 304p. ISBN 9780756419301. $28. SF
The Grand Abeona Hotel, a luxury cruise ship traveling the spacelanes, serves as the only home its ragtag crew of runaways, stowaways, and castaways have ever known, as well as a temporary refuge for its guests, from both the humdrum of everyday and the maw of an oppressive intergalactic empire. But the Grand Abeona is hiding a sea of red ink in her balance sheets and more than one potentially galaxy-shattering secret. The sharks are closing in on her last slightly tattered but still glorious cruise among the stars. Readers experience the mysteries aboard the Grand Abeona through the shifting perspectives of its crew and guests, and the story moves through a myriad of characters, each presenting their own slice of life on the ship and a tiny piece of the big picture.
VERDICT Readers who loved the combination of shipboard mystery, secrecy, and entertainment featured in recent novels (such as The Spare Man by Mary Robinette Kowal, You Sexy Thing by Cat Rambo, and The Sol Majestic by Ferrett Steinmetz) will be happy to board the Grand Abeona and share her final journey in the latest book from Curtis (Frontier).
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