Bluebird, by Ciel Pierlot

29 Mar 2024

The Book

Pages: 444
Age Group: Adult
Published on 22 Feb 2022
Publisher: Angry Robot
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Lesbian gunslinger fights spies in space!

Three factions vie for control of the galaxy. Rig, a gunslinging, thieving, rebel with a cause, doesn't give a damn about them and she hasn't looked back since abandoning her faction three years ago.

That is, until her former faction sends her a message: return what she stole from them, or they'll kill her twin sister.

Rig embarks on a journey across the galaxy to save her sister - but for once she's not alone. She has help from her network of resistance contacts, her taser-wielding librarian girlfriend, and a mysterious bounty hunter.

If Rig fails and her former faction finds what she stole from them, trillions of lives will be lost--including her sister's. But if she succeeds, she might just pull the whole damn faction system down around their ears. Either way, she's going to do it with panache and pizzazz.

My Review

Bluebird is a delicious space opera novel written by Ciel Pierlot, and published by Angry Robot Books. Just from the own blurb, you can get it's going to be rompy and chaotic (let's be honest, who doesn't want lesbian gunslingers in the space?), and it is, but it also encloses a powerful and emotional story about accepting your own identity and breaking against the established conventionalism.

Rig, a talented weapons developer and gunslinger, abandoned her faction and lives as a thieving rebel and gunslinger; her girlfriend, June, is a sexy librarian, and life is going well. However, her former faction needs what Rig stole from them, and as a way to coerce her into collaborating, they have kidnapped her twin sister Daar; they will torture and kill her if Rig doesn't collaborate.
However, instead of forfeiting to her faction, Rig decides to start a journey across the galaxy, ready to fight and hopefully, finish the tyranny of the factions that are competing over the universe. And she won't be alone, as, apart from being armed with panache and pizzazz (her bio-coded guns), she will be accompanied by Ginka, a mysterious agent of the Ossuary faction whose past is the key of her identity, and the rebels she was working with.

Despite the big scope of the plot, Pierlot manages to make this novel more about the characters and their identities; Rig and Ginka are fighting to make their self-identities to be accepted, and to destroy the system that is trying to encapsulate them into others since they were born. The banter between Rig and Ginka is delicious, a sort of reflection of the unlikely friendship that gets established between them; and between Julia and Rig we can appreciate the passion and the steam, a show of love.

The writing is clear and fast, with exceptionally well-written action scenes; pacing is quick, adequate to the urgency Rig is moving to. Many bird references are included, and the humour is top tier, found myself laughing many times.

Bluebird is a great space opera; fulfills perfectly the "chaotic lesbian gunslingers in space" pitch, a fun and entertaining read with an excellent and clear prose. Won't be my last read from Ciel Pierlot.

The Author/s

Ciel Pierlot

Ciel Pierlot

  Ciel Pierlot is a disaster bisexual from the San Francisco Bay Area. She’s also a giant nerd and no, you cannot stop her from bragging about her lightsaber collection. When she’s not writing SFF novels, she’s busy being a digital artist and a hardcore gay-mer. Bluebird is her debut novel.