S.H. Jucha's debut novel, "The Silver Ships," introduces a future universe where colony ships from old Earth have settled in different, distant systems, and worked to make a life for themselves.
Two of the groups, with very different experiences and opportunities, meet again after centuries. The now, very different cultures must work through some challenges and face a common alien threat.
The main character, Alex, while out asteroid mining, snags what appears to be an alien ship entering his solar system. The ship appears dead at first, but Alex soon makes contact with the ship's AI, who reminds me a little of Mike from "The Moon is a Harsh Mistress."
The adventures soon put Alex in a leadership role and challenge his abilities and force him to grow up.
"The Silver Ships" is a fun read, good science fiction with interesting characters. There are a few plot coincidences (right person in the right place at the right time...), but the story doesn't suffer and I'm eager to see what's next from S.H. Jucha.
Besides, the universe is a big place and coincidences are bound to happen. :-)