Written by Yoon Ha Lee, Becky Chambers, SL Huang, and Rivers Solomon.
Within a dying star system, a soldier for hire searches for a missing refugee ship and uncovers a universe-shattering secret.
WHY SERIAL BOXERS LOVE IT: planet-killing, ship-exploding space opera with a strong female lead that nods to important issues of our world today — environmental collapse, refugee crises, and ugly nationalism
Yoon Ha Lee
Orphan, refugee, and soldier-for-hire Asala Sikou doesn't think too much about the end of civilization. Her system's star is dying, and the only person she can afford to look out for is herself.
When a ship called The Vela vanishes during what was supposed to be a flashy rescue mission, a reluctant Asala is hired to team up with Niko, the child of a wealthy inner planet's president, to find it and the outer system refugees on board.
But this is no ordinary rescue mission; The Vela holds a secret that places the fate of the universe in the balance, and forces Asala to decide—in a dying world where good and evil are far from black and white, who deserves to survive?