Legendary Space Pilgrims
by Grace Bridges
I really enjoyed Legendary Space Pilgrims by Grace Bridges. The story is fresh and the main characters, Cait and Mario, are likable and interesting. But what Grace really excels at is describing her settings, and Legendary Space Pilgrims is just chockful of exotic settings. Six glorious planets, each with its own distinct appeal. Even the all-water planet Aqua is better than the dreary Planet Monday, where Cait and Mario escape from slavery. And just when you think a home couldn't be any more ideal, the Voice (of the Creator) that guides the two escapees tells Cait and Mario to move on. And every new planet is indeed better than the last.
The sixth planet is inhabited by the descendants of colonists from "Old Earth" and their various settlements are yet another opportunity for indulgent basking in Grace's lush descriptions. The plot is well-integrated into all the travel and never seems to be description for its own sake. While I consider most any fiction story to be a vacation for the mind, Legendary Space Pilgrims is one of those dream vacations full of travel and sightseeing and experimentation with food and learning new customs. Grace's real-life experience with world travel is abundantly evident in these pages.
I am looking forward to reading the sequel, Independence Monday, with a trip to the seventh planet, Sancta, and then the prophesied return to Planet Monday to free all the slaves. I have no doubt that Cait and Mario will rival Moses when they say to the Baxters, "The Voice commands, 'Let my people go!'".
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