Recommended Reads: Yellow Tag by Kep Lagrange

Yellow Tag

The Blurb

He never liked going outside.
It wasn’t safe.
In close orbit around a violent star, Conroy braves intense heat and radiation to repair the damaged hull of the space survey ship Pervideo.
When things go wrong, he races against time to get back inside the ship.
Inside to safety…
…but sometimes the greatest threat is that which lies within.

The Review

One of the things I love about blogging and meeting new writers is finding out about the books they’ve enjoyed reading. Having read and enjoyed Scott Whitmore’s Green Zulu 51, which I reviewed here, I decided to check out his blog. He too reviews books and he named Yellow Tag as one of his books of the year. Well, I just had to take a look.

Conroy is the Systems Technician on the survey spaceship Pervideo. When a marble-sized meteoroid hits the ship, taking out two air pumps and causing a hull breach, Conroy has to go outside to repair the damage. Unfortunately, two crew members are away on a mission taking with them the last remaining fully functioning – or green tag – space suits, leaving just Conroy no option but to use one that works but has issues, classified as yellow tag. After leaving the ship to survey the damage, Conroy has difficulty contacting Wolfgang, the last remaining crew member, but very soon that becomes the least of his problems.

Yellow Tag (Pervideo Series Book 1) is a really well written novella which plays on one of our deepest fears – being lost and alone in a hostile environment with only our ingenuity to make it out alive. The ship and crew are all well realised, with the ship wearing out due to a combination of a long voyage and being scavenged to support other, higher priority missions, and the crew having their own issues for volunteering for this lonely mission, leaving you wondering whether the yellow tag designation is for the suit, the ship or the crew themselves.

It’s clear La Grange loves the logic puzzle aspect of throwing Conway into almost impossible situations and trying to work a plausible way out, and in this respect the book works admirably. There is a real sense of danger as things start to go wrong and Lagrange managers to convey the claustrophobia of being in serious trouble millions of miles from any help really well.

The only issue I had with the novella was that given its length it very much focussed on the specific situation at hand and didn’t allow us to get to know Conway, or the rest of the crew, that well. This wouldn’t have been such a problem if the small amounts of interaction that were present hadn’t been so well written they made me want to know more. The good news is that this is the first in a series, so hopefully this will get expanded upon in the next part. That said, this shouldn’t put you off reading what is a very atmospheric, sometimes terrifying, and thoroughly enjoyable space survival story. Recommended.

To buy Yellow Tag from Amazon.co.uk click here

To buy Yellow Tag from Amazon.com click here

Recommended reads are either independently published books – or those that are published via a small press – that I have bought and enjoyed. They are part of a commitment to ‘pay it forward’ to other independent authors by buying their work and promoting those that I have enjoyed, both here and on Amazon and Goodreads. I don’t accept submissions but instead focus on people who have helped or inspired me through their blogging or who actively support other writers, but I only recommend those books I have personally enjoyed. If you are an independent author I would encourage you to do the same and help pay it forward to the community. For more information please see my blog post here.

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