Space pirates vs a recruit in the space navy: fun space opera - if that's not your thing, this book is not for you!
But I love that kind of thing for a light, relaxing read, and thought this one was pretty good. It's less science fiction than "pirates in space" in some ways, as it does not rely much on technology or science as part of the plot in a way that some "harder" sci fi does: the whole thing could pretty easily be rewritten as an "age of sail" (Horatio Hornblower) book and not come across too much the worse for wear. But that's not what we're here for and the book does deliver plasma guns and space suits and faster than light jumps and that kind of fun stuff, so I'm happy.
The grand finale is a bit on the unbelievable side... but it's a space opera, so it gets a pass from me.
The ending sets things up for another book, which I'll be sure to get when it's out.