Synopsis from Macmillan Publishers:
Whip-smart and utterly charming, Danielle Banas’s irreverent YA sci-fi adventure The Good for Nothings is perfect for fans of Guardians of the Galaxy, The Lunar Chronicles, and Firefly.
Cora Saros is just trying her best to join the family business of theft and intergalactic smuggling. Unfortunately, she’s a total disaster.
After landing herself in prison following an attempted heist gone very wrong, she strikes a bargain with the prison warden: He’ll expunge her record if she brings back a long-lost treasure rumored to grant immortality.
Cora is skeptical, but with no other way out of prison (and back in her family’s good graces), she has no choice but to assemble a crew from her collection of misfit cellmates—a disgraced warrior from an alien planet; a cocky pirate who claims to have the largest ship in the galaxy; and a glitch-prone robot with a penchant for baking—and take off after the fabled prize.
But the ragtag group soon discovers that not only is the too-good-to-be-true treasure very real, but they’re also not the only crew on the hunt for it. And it’s definitely a prize worth killing for.
About: The Good for Nothings was a young adult science fiction written by Danielle Banas. It was recently published on 8/4/2020 by Swoon Reads, an imprint of Macmillan Publishers, paperback, 320 pages. The genres were young adult and science fiction. This book was intended for readers ages 13 to 18. According to the publisher’s website, “Swoon Reads publishes the latest and greatest in YA fiction with the help of readers and writers like you. We’re dedicated to the undiscovered, and we seek out the very best in bright, new bookish talent. From heroic epics, to alien adventures, to all-the-feels romance—if you’re loving it, we’ll publish it.” Please see below for more information about the author and publisher.
My Experience: I started reading The Good for Nothings on 8/1/2020 and finished it on 8/5/2020. This book reminded me of Cinder who can fix things and had a little sassy robot friend. Cora liked to build gadgets so it also reminded me of Nightmare from Renegades. I enjoyed the humor between a human, two aliens, and a robot. The adventures was well written, just not for me. I couldn’t finish reading it and lost interest in the story.
This book was told in the first person point of view following Cora, 17 as she and her robot friend Elio attempted to distract the security guard for her family to perform the biggest heist of their heist career. A job that she herself didn’t volunteer for. The distraction was a disaster. Her bot often shuts down and in need of a replacement. Cora decided a quick way to earn extra money was to perform the next heist without her family but landed herself and her bot in jail instead. From jail, she met some unlikely friends, Anders and Wren, where they were sent on a treasure hunt in exchange for their freedom.
Pro: fast paced, humor,
DNF’ed (so sorry!)
About the Author:
Danielle Banas is the author of The Supervillain and Me and The Good for Nothings. She earned a degree in communication from Robert Morris University, where she spent slightly too much time daydreaming about new characters instead of paying attention in class. When she isn’t writing, Danielle can be found loudly singing show tunes, spouting off Disney World trivia, and snuggling with her puppy. She lives in her hometown of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Follow Danielle on Twitter and Instagram! (Photo and info obtained from Macmillan’s website).