In the Quick

Books on Tape. Mar. 2021. 7:59 hrs. ISBN 9780593394298. $66.50. SF
This unconventional futuristic tale of space exploration is introspective. At its start, June Reed is a misunderstood child prodigy who designs spaceship components and has trouble relating to others and fitting in with classmates. June becomes an adult who’s obsessed by the mystery of her uncle’s spacecraft, which went missing, with its crew, years earlier; she and her colleagues are compelled to unravel its fate. Rather than a space rescue mission, this story becomes a work of scientific investigation and puzzle solving (with a romance shoved in for good measure). Rebecca Lowman narrates the book clearly, with distinct voices for each character.
VERDICT Fans of Andy Weir’s The Martian and similar sci-fi will enjoy this slow-moving but gritty space tale with a dash of mystery.
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