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Review: Bluebird by Ciel Pierlot

I began reading Bluebird not knowing what to expect. And what ended up happening, is that I found my latest five star read that I’m obsessed with. All I needed to know was lesbian gunslingers in space and if that’s your jam – read away! Keep reading this book review for my full thoughts.


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


(Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)

Before picking up Bluebird I was craving some SF and this book 100% delivered. I love lesbian gunslingers, but Rig is also caring, just a tad bit reckless, and complex. She’s making up for pursuing knowledge a bit too close to the sun and is in the works of making amends. When we become too caught up in whether it can be done, not whether it should be done. When her sister is kidnapped, she ends up in an unlikely alliance with Ginka, a mysterious hitchhiker. I instantly loved Rig. Her flashes of arrogance and fear gave me serious Starbuck vibes.

Not only did I love Rig, but I quickly fell in love with basically every other character (except some baddies). If you love a super sassy heroine, then Rig is definitely your type. But at the same time, watching Ginka’s character unfold – which is spoiler territory I’m sorry! – was an unexpected joy. And what a dynamic duo they make! In Bluebird, Pierlot explores questions of choice. Of decisions and loyalty that are (un)deserved and require every piece of ourselves.


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Rig’s entire world is in the midst of this never ending trifaction war. Stuck in the propaganda of nations to create heroes and enemies. All these factions which are machines of war and sacrifice. I loved this world building in Bluebird and would probably read about a hundred more books here. It’s full of empires which keep robbing over and over again with characters who have to wonder if it’s possible to ever extricate ourselves.

Bluebird is full of impressive battle scenes and is a must read for SF action fans. If you also love character rich stories where loyalty is tested and love is fought for – this is for you! Find Bluebird on Goodreads, Amazon, Indiebound, & The Book Depository.


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