Literature: Darkship Thieves
Darkship Thieves and its sequel Darkship Renegades are Science-Fiction novels by Sarah A. Hoyt. Set in a solar system after a massive revolt against genetically engineered Mules who ruled the Earth, it features Thena, the daughter of one of the ruling Good Men, who finds herself accidentally in a ship from Eden, where some refugees from the revolt have lived for generations. Kit, its captain, saves her but insists on bringing her back, for safety.A Few Good Men is set in the same universe and is affected by the same events.
- After-Action Healing Drama: Thena has to rush Kit to the doctor after Joseph tries to kill him.
- Arranged Marriage: Thena anticipiates this.
- Commonality Connection: Kit and Thena bond a bit over their common dealings with bureaucrats.
- Damsel in Distress: Thena in the opening
- Dark and Troubled Past: Kit's first wife died in a situation that made it look like he murdered her, and he won't clear his name.
- Day Hurts Dark-Adjusted Eyes: At one point bad enough to make Thena think her eyes are hurt.
- Distressed Dude: Kit, after his Heroic Sacrifice
- Driven to Suicide: Kit is thinking of killing himself after Mercy Killing Thena.
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: Thena's father never thinks of Kit's hostage value.
- Fallen Princess: Thena
- Heroic Sacrifice: Kit is willing to be taken captive to save Thena.
- It's All About Me: Thena's father. More and more clearly as the book progresses.
- Just the First Citizen: Earth is ruled by "Good Men".
- King in the Mountain: Thena observes that her welcome back to the lair was like this.
- Matter of Life and Death: Thena reflects on how eliminating the mentally ill was probably this, once.
- Meaningful Rename: Kit insists on it when they marry.
- The Mutiny: What sends her to flee her father's ship. She thinks.
- Obstructive Bureaucrat: No one's ever brought back an Earthworm — err, Earther. A bureaucrat refuses landing permission on that ground.
- Species Loyalty: Thena's father accuses her of lacking this.
- Talking in Your Sleep: Kit is prone ot this.
- Try and Follow: How she ended up escaping the original attack
- Xanatos Speed Chess: Thena observes that she always has a Plan B, and often a Plan C, and all too frequently she has to resort to Plan F.