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Review: The Deep Sky

The Deep Sky by Yume Kitasei

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Picture this: A diverse group of intelligent young women (and no men) are shot into space for a one-way trip and directed to have babies in order to save humanity. Honestly, does anyone think this will go well?

Although described as a thriller, this was more of a young women’s introspective story. The timeline moves back and forth between the contemporary space trip and MC Asuka’s childhood and training. Thus the backstory. This was done well and the pacing was very good.

However, the premise is just ridiculous, the characters are annoying, and there is little action until the very end of the book. There are a ton of queer references, since many of the characters are apparently “they” instead of “her.” Yes, you have to choose your pronouns. The story is full of girls having their feelings hurt, nasty competition among teenagers, and dysfunctional family relationships. Sorry, but that’s not what I was expecting and certainly not entertaining. I’ve already been through all that in high school.

The audiobook was narrated well by Sarah Skaer and the engineering was flawless.

My thanks to the author, publisher, and NetGalley for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

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