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Book Chat #61 – Mary Robinette Kowal and Veronica Rossi

It's time for some Book Chat! After the Summer of SFR was over, I still had some great sci-fi (with some romance) to read and enjoy.

Please note that with the updates to my website, I have decided to just use Books2Read links for all my Book Chats and Author features from now on. Only my own books will have individual buttons per store. I will also be using the ebook covers for everything now, even if I listened in audio. So many places do not provide high resolution versions of the audiobook cover, so ebook covers are going to have to do! I will indicate next to each how I consumed the story.

Let's get to the books!

THE RELENTLESS MOON by Mary Robinette Kowal (ebook)

I loved the whole Lady Astronaut Series, so when I saw THE RELENTLESS MOON come out, I snatched it up in a pre-order. I didn't even look at the blurb because I knew I would want it and love it. This tale does not disappoint, and I was on the edge of my seat the whole time. Nicole was such an interesting protagonist for this story. She's strong, she's a pilot, and she knows what she wants. But she also struggles with being the wife of a prominent politician and her own demons. When you throw all of that onto the moon base that's being sabotaged daily, then it becomes a very verdant ground for a good story. There were plenty of times reading this when I did not want to put down the book. I set aside time to read, even when I should have been doing other things. *cough*writing*cough* The ending gives us a glimpse into the future of the protagonist, Elma, from the first two books, so that was an added bonus. All in all, this is one of my favorite series! I highly recommend them all.

UNDER THE NEVER SKY by Veronica Rossi (audiobook)

I listened to this one on the recommendation from a friend of mine when I was looking for more YA sci-fi with romance to read. What an interesting world Rossi has built here! After reading the first book, I'm still a little unsure of all the history that led people into such a divided society like this, but it felt very real and believable. The Dwellers are a section of society lives in a virtual world under domes, and then everyone else, the Savages, lives out in the open under a sky that's “infected” by a kind-of electrical storm. I enjoyed the alternating points-of-view between Aria and Perry. It was great to see both their worlds and understand their internal motivations. They took a long time to trust each other, which was good too. I needed to see that growth and I got it! The narration of the audiobook was well done, too, and I listened to it on walks and knitting at home. I will definitely be picking up more in this series so I can find out what happens next!

S. J. Pajonas