Helium3 by Nick Travers
Price: Free! 22380 words.
Published on May 16, 2008. .
Today, at the centre of our galaxy, dwell small colonies of a most extraordinary species – humans.
Fourteen-year-old Mervyn Bright has courage, tenacity, and three close friends from the Space Academy: Loren, a brilliant but despised out-worlder, Tarun, heir to a once-powerful dynasty, and Aurora, niece to the embattled Patriarch. Together they make a formidable team.