Review of The Calculating Stars: A Lady Astronaut Novel

I just ended reading The Calculating Stars: A Lady Astronaut Novel by Mary Robinette Kowal.๐Ÿ“š

I’m not sure anymore where I found this book, but I liked it! It reminded me a lot to the Seveneves by Neal Stephenson. I think mostly due to a similar structure, but this book is undoubtedly less science fiction and more alternate history. Another aspect is for this story is the accessible writing style of the author.

I had a lot of issues with how the women were treated in the period where the story plays. At times I felt constricted and small, and it helps me to see this perspective better. It is never easy to achieve something for the first time. But when you are a woman at that time, or you are black, then the mountains you need to climb are way higher. At the same time, it was also eye-opening how the main character did the same thing continually regarding too people of color. It took some time for me to understand, as while I was reading, I fought it’s getting a bit repetitive, but after some time, I think this was quite clever done by the author.

The feeling this book evokes regarding the situation of the main character also points to the excellent writing style. The book is quite approachable but never dull. And I already have the feeling this will be one of the best books I’ve read this year.


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