Actually, it's more like "Kidnapped", but you get the idea.
Rox and Zam are frustrated young mechanics/tinkerers on an isolated backwater asteroid when a space pirate shows up looking for some repair help. The pirate is rebuffed by Rox's Dad, but after Rox and Zam sneak onto the pirate ship to give it a look-see they end up being kidnapped and forced to serve as on-board mechanics, (that is, the future space version of cabin boys). It turns out that the pirates are O.K. guys, that Rox and Zam are primo mechanics and inventors, and that Rox and Zam are made for the yo-ho-ho pirate life.
Lots of stuff happens and there's drama and double crosses and chases and adventure galore, but you already suspected that. Here's the best part - Rox and Zam are totally ace buddies. They are loyal, independent, resourceful, funny and personable. They both have strengths and weaknesses, and they both pull their weight. They are good-hearted, smart, feisty, and observant. They are uncomplicatedly likeable heroines. They also each have mad mechanical skills.
Forget the wenches; this is about wrenches. And it celebrates all the true blue virtues and can-do skills. I appreciate the need for STEM oriented girl heroes, and I'm happy to see that that is showing up in genres outside of steampunk and steampunk heroines like Agatha Heterodyne, (the Girl Genius). That STEM success can be glamorous and colorful and a source of pride is a great message. That you can have fun, kid around, work under pressure, make friends, stand up for yourself, and still repair a tractor beam is just pure bonus.
The drawing style perfectly complements the action and the characters. (And a neat feature at the end of the book even explains the novel's drawing and production details.) Colors are bright. Pencils are crisp and the inking is detailed and nicely balanced. Panel layout is effective. As I get older I appreciate sharp and readable lettering more and more, and that's not an issue here. The overall effect is a bit cartoony and old school, but since everyone is an alien of some sort realism is not a priority. Expressiveness is, and the characters display a wide range of emotions and attitudes. Considering that Roz has four arms, Zam is basically a lizard, and apparently no one ever has a nose, that's more challenging than you might think.
Bottom line - this is fun, good-humored, ripping, and boiling over with positive and upbeat messages about friendship, girrrrl power, self reliance, and adventure. Best STEM book I've seen in a long time.
(Please note that I received a free advance will-self-destruct-in-x-days Adobe Digital copy of this book without a review requirement, or any influence regarding review content should I choose to post a review. Apart from that I have no connection at all to either the author or the publisher of this book.)