Zachary Night is one of the new Starbounder recruits at Indigo 8 (a super top secret earthbound base for the Inter Planetary Defense League, or IPDL.) Zachary hopes he will be able to follow in his families footsteps by training to protect the galaxy against "outerverse threats." Yet, things go wrong during a mission and Zachary, Kaylee and Ryic end up kidnapped by thugs armed with voltage slingshots and sonic crossbows. To make matters worse they also stumble onto a plot to destroy Indigo 8 itself. Zachary and his friends will need to figure out who is behind the attack and stop it in time.
Starbounders appears to be the first in a new series of books for authors Adam Epstein and Andrew Jacobson of The Familiars series. I certainly saw some elements that will appeal to boys, intergalactic gadgets, battle scenes and alien life forms. Just look at that cover and you can see a warp glove on Zachary's hand. There is also plenty of adventure and action to go around. I would probably recommend this for an eight to twelve year old who enjoys reading science fiction. I certainly had fun delving back into science fiction, it had been awhile.
My review copy was from the Public Library.