Hello. I have officially blog every day for over a week! I can’t believe it. I am trying to be consistent, so here we are. Another post – another review.

  • Release date: July 3, 2018
  • Age demographic: Adult
  • Genre: Sci-fi


On a cold spring night in 1952, a huge meteorite fell to earth and obliterated much of the east coast of the United States, including Washington D.C. The ensuing climate cataclysm will soon render the earth inhospitable for humanity, as the last such meteorite did for the dinosaurs. This looming threat calls for a radically accelerated effort to colonize space, and requires a much larger share of humanity to take part in the process.

Elma York’s experience as a WASP pilot and mathematician earns her a place in the International Aerospace Coalition’s attempts to put man on the moon, as a calculator. But with so many skilled and experienced women pilots and scientists involved with the program, it doesn’t take long before Elma begins to wonder why they can’t go into space, too.

Elma’s drive to become the first Lady Astronaut is so strong that even the most dearly held conventions of society may not stand a chance against her.

My thoughts

This was an interesting and quite charming sci-fi novel and I’m glad I picked it up.

I went into it blindly, both from the plot point of view and other people’s reviews of the book. I’m glad I did, because the story just kept unfolding in front of me and it was great, although slightly slow paced.

I love sci-fi as a genre, though most of the books I’ve read in it are based in space. I really liked being “grounded” in this one and learning about how space missions come to fruition.

Elma was a great character to follow and I enjoyed her perspective. I did like most of the characters and how diverse the cast was, considering the time period (and how the topic of diversity came up as a major plot point). The only thing I didn’t enjoy about the story is the main character’s relationship with her husband – most interactions between them boiled down to discussing work during a sexual encounter. A bit weird, if you ask me.

I am looking forward to picking up the second book and seeing where Kowal takes it.

Rating and recommendations

For fans of:

The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet and other Becky Chambers books

Thank you so much, as always, for taking the time to read my ramblings.

Talk soon!

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