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English language

Published June 14, 2020 by Solaris.

ISBN:
978-1-78108-881-4
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4 stars (51 reviews)

It's 1963, and riots and sabotage plague the space program. The climate change caused by the Meteor is becoming more and more clear, but tensions are rising, and the IAC's goal of getting humanity off Earth is threatened. Astronaut Nicole Wargin lives two lives; one as a politician's wife on Earth, and the other as an astronaut on the newly-established Moon Base. But when sabotage strikes, she finds that her two worlds are colliding - with deadly consequences.

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Review of 'The Relentless Moon' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

Mary Robinette Kowal masterfully weaves a rich tapestry of endearing and nuanced characters, skilful and meticulously researched science, and an alternative history that is poignantly plausible.

Written in first person perspective, her choice of a female protagonist, one whose interpersonal skills are as sharp as her aeronautical ones, gives us a multi- layered insight into the politics of space.

Relentless Moon may be set in the past, but it serves as a parable for the future - what does it take to lead humanity to save itself?

When the dark side of futures past plays out on the Moon …

3 stars

… you know Mary Robinette Kowal is expanding her Lady Astronaut universe. This instalment is the first not focussed on “the” Lady Astronaut, Dr. Elma York, still on her way to Mars (the timeline parallels The Fated Sky, with the latter’s plot a background thread). It is also notably darker than its predecessors, with the casual misogyny of the early sixties, which sees Nicole Wargin, an overachieving, hypercompetent colleague of Elma York relegated to supporting roles again and again by the conceited men who consider themselves her betters, meeting the screaming stupidity of a terrorist movement that thinks their God has decreed humanity needs to perish with its planet – when they acknowledge the planet is perishing at all. In this, as in many things, the novel feels painfully close to our time, albeit nominally playing in 1963, and that quality makes it punch way above the weight of …

Review of 'The Relentless Moon' on 'Goodreads'

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This is the third book in a series based on the premise that a meteor hit the U.S. in the 1950s.  It is starting a climate change event that will make the Earth eventually uninhabitable.  Using the technology available at the time, will humanity be able to evacuate the planet?When I read the previous books last year I was annoyed by the segment of the population in the books that were denying the existence of a crisis.   This year.... OMG.... I started reading this book over lunch one day.  By the end of the first chapter I was almost shaking.  I wanted to go fight some imaginary fictional characters.  The existence of science deniers in a book was pushing some buttons for me.  I guess a global pandemic will do that to a person.This one started slow for me.  I was looking at the page count and thinking, …

Review of 'The Relentless Moon' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

This book was as fantastic, if not more so, than anticipated given the first two in the series. I read this in one sitting because I could not put it down. It was non-stop from page one, and I completely lost myself in this alternate history world. There's politics, science, a mystery, and one of the worst gut punches I've experienced in a book since the ending of [b:CryoBurn|7841670|CryoBurn (Vorkosigan Saga, #14)|Lois McMaster Bujold|https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1269879970l/7841670.SY75.jpg|10621859]. Oof.

While it's Nicole Wargin's POV the entire book, it's really an ensemble in a way the first two weren't. Eugene, Myrtle, and Helen step up. Their roles are too large to relegate them to supporting cast. I loved seeing those three in a larger role.

Also, hooray for an actual middle-aged main character who kicks butt and takes names.

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