Diving Into The Wreck by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
Boss salvages old spaceships. She searches her part of the galaxy for wrecks. She especially loves finding old historical ships. She makes her living diving into abandoned ships. She hires crews to help her search through these ships. The descriptions of her wreck diving are quite interesting.
Both the strength and the weakness of this novel are in the main character. She is emotionally cold and distant; a very hard woman. Her reactions to some of the deaths of the crew from accidents can be quite cold. This hardness plays into how she interacts with other characters with secrecy, suspicion, and hard business choices. It also is a bit uncomfortable reading at times. It can seem dry.
I liked the use of names in the novel; turtle, squishy, Riya, Karl, Roderick, and others had a very nice ring to them. Also, the names seemed to fit the characters quite well.
Actions have consequences in this novel. All of the characters choices in the beginning of the novel effect how the novel ends. Boss starts out as a wreck driver at the beginning of the novel and ends up an imperial fugitive with a secret at the end of the novel.
This novel is well plotted with an intricate storyline. There is a strong element of suspense in this novel. The author Kristine Kathryn Rusch has won a Hugo award for both editing and writing a novel. This shows in crisp sentences with very clean grammar.