Goldilocks

Laura Lam (Author)
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Description

A gripping science fiction thriller where five women task themselves with ensuring the survival of the human race - if you mixed "...The Martian and The Handmaid's Tale, this sci-fi novel would be the incredible result" (Book Riot).
Despite increasing restrictions on the freedoms of women on Earth, Valerie Black is spearheading the first all-female mission to a planet in the Goldilocks Zone, where conditions are just right for human habitation.
It's humanity's last hope for survival, and Naomi, Valerie's surrogate daughter and the ship's botanist, has been waiting her whole life for an opportunity like this - to step out of Valerie's shadow and really make a difference.
But when things start going wrong on the ship, Naomi begins to suspect that someone on board is concealing a terrible secret - and realizes time for life on Earth may be running out faster than they feared . . .
"Goldilocks is a thrilling, character-driven space opera", perfect for readers of The Martian, The Power, and Station Eleven (Shelf Awareness).

Product Details

Price
$27.00  $24.84
Publisher
Orbit
Publish Date
May 05, 2020
Pages
352
Dimensions
5.5 X 1.4 X 8.4 inches | 1.0 pounds
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
EAN/UPC
9780316462860

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About the Author

Originally from sunny California, Laura Lam now lives in cloudy Scotland. She is the author of the near-future space thriller, Goldilocks, feminist space opera Seven Devils (co-written with Elizabeth May), BBC Radio 2 Book Club section False Hearts, the companion novel Shattered Minds, and the award-winning Micah Grey series: Pantomime, Shadowplay, and Masquerade. Her short fiction and essays have appeared in anthologies such as Nasty Women, Solaris Rising 3, Cranky Ladies of History, Scotland in Space, and more. She lectures part-time at Edinburgh Napier University on the Creative Writing MA.

Reviews

"It's bold and explosive, equal parts heartfelt and harrowing. Lam's unflinching prose interrogates you, asking what prices you'd be willing to pay for the future of humanity. It's a book that demands your attention."--Alex White, author of A Big Ship at the Edge of the Universe
"This deeply felt space opera will please those who like their sci-fi to focus more on the characters than the science."--Publishers Weekly
"The end of our world is well-trod territory for science fiction but Goldilocks tackles it with startling relevance, fusing together our social and political anxieties in a tense, taut adventure with rich characterization and care. It's Interstellar's brain with The Handmaid's Tale's heart."--Chuck Wendig, author of The Wanderers
"A compelling, character-led SF tale. With a perfect balance of beauty, thrills and hope, Goldilocks conjures up the twisty claustrophobia of space-travel, untrustworthy relationships and what we're doing to the planet."--Nick Clark Windo
"Goldilocks grabs your attention from the first page and doesn't let go - a thought-provoking, imaginative call-to-arms featuring brilliant female characters and a terrifying premise."--Katie Khan
"Ultimately hopeful, the majority of the story is grim and thriller-tense, with plenty of twists and turns."--Booklist
"If The Martian and The Handmaid's Tale had a book baby, this feminist environmental sci-fi thriller would be the incredible result ... If you've been looking for your next favorite science fiction novel, this is it."--Book Riot
"Each member of the crew has a well-developed voice and her own drives and ambitions, which makes the novel increasingly difficult to put down as betrayals and double-crossings play out aboard the claustrophobic ship ... A slow-burning fire of a novel that begs the reader to keep turning the page."--Kirkus (starred review)
"Smooth prose weaves a tale to support humanity's survival, along with the shades of gray of scientific decisions. Lam's exciting sf thriller proves intellectual and entertaining for all."--Library Journal (starred review)