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The Good for Nothings by Danielle Banas



The Good for Nothings
by Danielle Banas
Published by: Swoon Reads
Publication date: August 4, 2020
Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult
They’re only good at being bad.

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.

Whip-smart and utterly charming, this irreverent sci-fi adventure is perfect for fans of Guardians of the Galaxy, The Lunar Chronicles, and Firefly.


My first Danielle Banas novel is a blast to read. It’s filled with laughter, action and adventure, friendship, tragedy, and a little bit of romance.  What more could you ask for?

Cora is part of the infamous Saros crime family of thieves and ne’er do wells. With her best friend Elio, the endearing and selfless robot who sees the best in others, she tries to prove herself to a greedy and unloving mother by attempting to steal a priceless treasure only to end up being thrown in the worst prison in the galaxy. In prison, she finds a couple of unusual friends: An Earthan pickpocket and petty thief named Wren, and a fierce and grumpy Andillian nicknamed Anders. Learning to trust is hard for all of them, and unfortunately, one of them will betray the others.

The banter between the four friends is LOL funny as they get to know one another’s fears, likes, and dislikes. Watching Anders turn from grumpy and frightening to sarcastic and loveable is a sight to see. Not to mention watching Elio’s obsession with food even though he can’t eat it.  Wren is a treat as well with her sassiness, her longing for friendship, and her kleptomania. And Cora, who sees others’ auras, is the narrator, the hacker, and bomb-maker, who thinks she is only a bad distraction for her crime family, but she ends up being a great friend to Cora, a good distraction to Anders, and a best friend to Elio. Let’s not forget all of the evil and colorful characters they meet along the way.

Overall, this is a delightfully refreshing page-turner of a book. It’s a caper with alien misfits on a mission to save their lives and finding true friendship along the way. If you are looking for a hilarious tale with bloodsucking plants, a pigman, shapeshifters, and lollipop-eating Andillians, give this book a try.  

Thank you to Ms. Banas for giving me the opportunity to read this book with no expectation of a positive review.


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Danielle BanasDanielle 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.

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