Can justice save the Earth from extinction?
Maxine Justice is an ambulance-chasing lawyer desperate for relevance and cash when aliens hire her to represent them before the United Nations. An off-planet consortium wants to heal humanity of every natural disease in exchange for 30% of Earth’s gold reserves.
The deal launches Max to legal stardom and makes her an international target for assassins. MediCorp, Star Cross, PharFuture—the big medical companies all have good reasons to want Max out of the way. Worse, she discovers her alien clients may be planning something more sinister than anyone has imagined.
Can a lawyer who failed the bar exam three times find some way to save the world from global and interstellar conspiracies? Or will humankind’s future end in a galactic courtroom?
Maxine Justice: Galactic Attorney starts her career with less than stellar results. When she loses hard on the night court defense circuit, a strange scientist makes her an out-of-this-world offer: broker a deal between his species and the United Nations to cure Earth diseases in exchange for the planet’s gold. Deep schemes lead to deeper questions of legal ethics and even whether pastoral androids can dream of eternal virtue. John Grisham meets Galaxy Quest in Daniel Schwabauer’s whimsy-gilded sci-fi tale, featuring robot judges, secretive aliens, and a truly flawed human heroine.
Best for: Older teen and adult fans of science fiction with retro flair.
Discern: Light alcohol use and lighter allusions to a past romantic fling gone awry; open uncertainty of God’s place in a world of shrewd aliens and questioning robots.