The story begins with the introduction of the main character, Carr ‘the raptor’ Luka. Carr is a Zeroboxer. This seems to be similar to our MMA, but done in Zero Gravity. Carr is a rising star in the Zeroboxing world. Young and talented. He lives on Mars, which has been colonized, though he started out on Earth. After an impressive fight, Carr is officially signed by the Zero Gravity Fighting Association, which assigns him his own “brandhelm,” Risha, a Martian colonist. Brandhelms manage the brand and the marketing. Risha helps to increase Carr’s popularity. But, like many sports, there is a criminal element that the fighters don’t always know about. Carr gets wrapped up in it unwittingly. He has to decide if he wants to be the champ, or will be put ethics first.
This book is one I can highly recommend. It definitely lends itself to the boy reader, but girls won’t be disappointed, even if they are not much of a sports person. There is everything from sports to science and genetics, and even some romance. It is a great book overall.