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The Fated Sky

Lady Astronaut, Book 2
Série : Lady Astronaut, Volume 2
Durée : 10 h et 14 min
4.5 out of 5 stars (3 notations)

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Mary Robinette Kowal continues the grand sweep of alternate history begun in The Calculating Stars. The Fated Sky looks forward to 1961, when mankind is well established on the moon and looking forward to its next step: journeying to, and eventually colonizing, Mars. 

Of course the noted Lady Astronaut Elma York would like to go, but there’s a lot riding on whoever the International Aerospace Coalition decides to send on this historic - but potentially very dangerous - mission. Could Elma really leave behind her husband and the chance to start a family to spend several years traveling to Mars? And with the civil rights movement taking hold all over Earth, will the astronaut pool ever be allowed to catch up, and will these brave men and women of all races be treated equitably when they get there? 

This gripping look at the real conflicts behind a fantastical space race will put a new spin on our visions of what might have been.

©2018 Mary Robinette Kowal (P)2018 Audible, Inc.

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Even better than the first opus!

This book was so good I let my food burn to a crisp WHILE STANDING NEXT TO IT. I was entirely absorbed.

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  • Kevin
  • 17/06/2019

Love everything about this series.

If you're on the fence on buying this series, DO IT. It's amazing Sci-Fi and alternate history. It really make you think about how different life was in the 1950s-1960s and what humans achieved with so little technology compared to today's standard.

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  • shane
  • 12/09/2018

Fantastic sequel to the first book ! <br />

A great alternative version of history and space , this book does not disappoint ! an enjoyable listen .with a great narration !

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  • Donna (Girl Who Reads)
  • 06/09/2018

I didn't want it to end

I'm sad that I finished this book. It was so, so good that I didn't want it to end. I love Elma but I became attached to all the characters and I want to know how they resolve the racial issues and if a colony is really successful. I know there is still a novella in this series, but I want more of this world that Mary Robinette Kowal has created

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  • C. Haase
  • 03/09/2018

Second book does NOT dissapoint

So many good moments and so well researched. I googled a bunch of terms to find them accurate and loved it. Didn't imagine how my opinion if a character would change throughout the book. Can hardly wait for book .

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  • Chester Johnson
  • 27/08/2018

Alternative timeline masterpiece!

I'm a huge fan of alternate timeline stories, and this series satisfies that craving. This novel in particular builds on its predecessor in an intelligent way, by detailing the steps humanity would be taking in its next step from a moon colony to its first manned Mars mission. During this adventure we get to experience the continued story of mankind dealing with the social issues of the 50's and 60's as we are forced to "grow up" quickly as a united and equal humanity of all races, colors, creeds, and genders to ensure the continuity of our species off of our slowly dying homeworld. 5 out of 5 star rating, and I hope to see more of Elma and Nathaniel York's adventure on Mars soon!!!!

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  • Areader
  • 26/09/2018

The authors Agenda is showing

I have mixed feelings about this book, much as I did about "the Calculating Stars" Elma is annoyingly perfect except for her conveniently socially relevant blind-spots that allow the author to drive home her ideas about entitlement and racial bias with a club. I agree with her views but the book would have been better if she'd put the story first.

The book IS well written and well read but I'm left with the feeling I've just left a lecture or a political meeting and if I wanted to go to one of those I'd I wouldn't be sitting on the coach listening to audio books.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 22/04/2020

An excellent story from a unique perspective

The doctors York have their characters expanded excellently. The lady astronaut is a supremely compelling character!
The performance from the author bring out the real depth and emotion of the characters.

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  • Sparrow
  • 07/04/2020

Go ahead and read book two...

Mary Robinette Kowal should not read for the audio renditions of her work. Thank heavens she backed off of the caricature voices and the disturbing emotive outbursts as the story went on or I wouldn't have been able to finish these books. It does get better. But it's still not right. With that off my chest, a review:

This series has been critiqued for being low on sci fi but excessive on characterization and interpersonal drama. It's true. This is a slice of life story dressed up in astronaut's gear - to the nines. But it's well written, which is more than I can say for the many other novels I have started and abandoned in the last few weeks, and I enjoyed it.

Even so, this installment did press the edges of my interest by the end. If the lack of action in book one bothered you, book two is worse. The one redeeming quality: You don't have to endure the overinundation of repetitive foreplay talk and the idealized marital relationship that hijacked book one.

Not a stellar recommendation? Sorry, it's what I got. If you liked book one, just go ahead and read this one.

PG13 for some adult themes

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  • David Beckerleg
  • 01/04/2020

Great book

I have listened to both books in this series and cannot wait for book three. Great story with interesting plot lines and unexpected twists. The author is also a great narrator, easy listening I could not turn it off.

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  • thirteenstars
  • 17/03/2020

Gut wrenching in the best way

Mary Robinette Kowal’s writing and performance are glorious, and I would be lying if I said she did not move me to tears multiple times. Do not listen in public, but do listen.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 30/12/2019

love it

everything about this can hold up with the expectations that were set by 'the calculating stars'. love it