Lady Astronaut Book 1 By Mary Robinette Kowal
Set in an alternate post WWII reality after a meteor wipes out much of the US East Coast and threatens to make Earth uninhabitable, leading to an acceleration of the Space Program as mankind’s last hope. Elma York is a genius mathematician and former WWII WASP pilot who has to fight for the rights of women and coloured people to join the space program and contribute to mankind’s survival. The Calculating Stars tells the story of a strong smart woman and her struggle to overcome anxiety, discrimination, and the unwillingness of people to work.
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By Jane Harper
This book is set in country Australia with lots of shady characters with something to hide. All these secrets come together by the end for a fantastic conclusion.
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By Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
I have no words to describe this book! With such a unique format to run alongside a storyline full of pink haired hackers, explosions, and psycho AI’s trying to blow space stations up I can’t even fault it! If that doesn’t persuade you, illuminae is #loveOZYA!
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By Sally Seltmann
Sally Seltmann has made some great music but her debut novel ‘Lovesome’ is cynical & unimaginative. Art student Joni & rock-star friend Annabelle are sooo obviously both BOTH Seltmann herself it’s embarrasing. Ergo, their carefree adventures of 1995 in affluent inner Sydney, at quirky French bistros, photoshoots & vintage markets, scan as spacey conceit. There are about 3 pages of tension total, involving crushes who are also visual artists & musicians. Jonis’ (read: Seltmann’s) goofy, hopeless romanticism is endearing & sweet, but her pretentious undertones are distracting & ultimately irritating. Recommended for: Teen fic lovers only, especially those already dreaming about imminent artskool lyfe…
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By Alexander Masters
A twisty fabulous mystery which will surprise and delight you. This book had me questioning my own assumptions and biases. Its also a true story and a great read.
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By Emily St John Mandel
An apocalyptic novel without zombies! An excellent novel where the world population is decimated by flu. An excellent book offering a different view of the world after our world.
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By Michael McGuire
A fast paced and engrossing read. The aviation world is brought to their knees after 4 passenger jet liners disappear. Halfway through the story an unexpected dark twist that will keep you reading and thinking about your next flight. Not for the fainthearted.
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