Adrift – Rob Boffard


Genre: Science Fiction

Publisher: Orbit

In the far reaches of space, a group of tourists board a small vessel for what will be the trip of a lifetime – in more ways than one…

They are embarking on a tour around Sigma Station – a remote mining facility and luxury hotel with stunning views of the Horsehead Nebula.

During the course of the trip, a mysterious ship with devastating advanced technology attacks the Station. Their pilot’s quick evasive action means that the tour group escape with their lives – but as the dust settles, they realize they may be the only survivors . . .

Adrift in outer space, out of contact with civilization, and on a vastly under-equipped ship, these passengers are out of their depth. Their chances of getting home are close to none, and with the threat of another attack looming they must act soon – or risk perishing in the endless void of space.

Hop in as Boffard takes his readers on a thrilling adventure in space filled with action, betrayals, and secrets.

Adrift follows a few characters as they’re trapped in a tour ship as a mysterious technologically advanced space ship attacks a luxury hotel. Those trapped on the ship are regular civilians who have to work together in order to survive the unforgiving confines of space.

Adrift is told through multiple perspectives: Corey, a preteen, Hannah, the tour guide, and Jack, a hotel reviewer. Each perspective offers something different to the story by allowing the reader insight into each of the characters. I enjoyed Hannah’s perspective the most since her character sees the most amount of growth. Throughout the novel, she transitions from someone with no confidence to a self-assured individual. I especially loved her opening chapter. It’s perfectly written in its introduction to the character as well as the world itself. It situates the reader immediately in the setting.

The pace throughout Adrift is consistently fast. The characters are faced with problem after problem as they navigate the perils of space. I would hesitate comparing this to The Martian by Andy Weir because Adrift lacks the believable scientific explanations regarding survival. Though, if you’re looking for something similar you’ll be pleasantly surprised with Adrift.


Have you read Adrift? What did you think? Are you planning on reading it?

6 thoughts on “Adrift – Rob Boffard

  1. I’ve seen this around but wasn’t as compelled as I would’ve have liked to be to pick it up. Glad to hear it ain’t so bad. The multiple perspectives/characters sounds good! Thanks for sharing! 😀

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