I'm looking for a book I read back in the mid-90s, probably from the late 80s or early 90s.
It was a teen sci fi book, not set on Earth. It involves the main character, an young man, getting forced into a situation (to smuggle or pilot a starship) involving drugs or spice.
I can't recall for certain, I may be mixing it up with a different book, but the spice/drug gives the users blue lips.
Two characters involve a female (hardened, who turns into an ally of the protagonist), and some sort of alien which may be reptilian - and wearing some kind of metal strap vest.
There were two books in the series, I read only the first book. The second book (which my library at the time didn't stock) had the word 'Moon' in it.