Dragon Pearl by Yoon Ha Lee

“Yoon Ha Lee’s first foray into the field is an absolute winner (not that I should have expected anything different, given the author’s awesome track record with the Ninefox Gambit books). Dragon Pearl is everything that I want in a sci-fi adventure story (for a reader of any age): it’s smart, fast-paced, and balanced nuanced world building with solid characterizations and exciting capers spanning different planets, space ships (and space ship battles), and supernatural twists. I especially loved the world building and the different look at what science fiction­—with space ships and gate jumps—­can be when rooted in a Korean pantheon that runs on magic and luck, and whose characters eat gimchi in outer space.” — Kirkus