When a distress signal is received from a black-ops space station on the edge of inhabited space, Captain Saul Harris of the UNF Aurora is called in from leave to respond. But the mission is not what it seems — information is thin on the ground and three female recruits are assigned to his crew.
For Corporal Carrie Welles, one of the Aurora’s new recruits, her first mission in space seems like a dream come true. Determined to achieve the success of her father before her, and suddenly thrust into a terrifying mission, she must work with her new captain and the strained Aurora crew to make it home alive.
When the Aurora arrives at the station Harris and Welles soon find themselves caught up in a desperate fight for survival. Station Darwin is not what they expected. The lights are off, but somebody is home…
“Amanda Bridgeman’s debut is a gripping sci-fi thriller that combines the dramatic elements of a space opera with the detail and depth of military science fiction… Bridgeman delivers on fast-paced combat scenes and an atmosphere of constant danger and suspense, but it’s the focus on topical, real-world issues of misogyny and prejudice in the military that really sets Aurora: Darwin apart.” – Apple Books Review
“Bridgeman does not just build up her characters, but punishes them, and the thrills are all the more visceral for that.” – Aurealis Magaizine.