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    A great and inspiring read

    This is a great read, set in a world that slightly diverged from ours around the aftermath of WW2. With a sound basis on facts, and without being preachy, it shows the amazing contribution made by women to aeronautics, and computing. The main character is well rounded, with flaws as well as skills, rather than a fake, flawless heroine. It's an story that will inspire, excite and open your eyes to some parts of history you perhaps weren't aware of. I can't wait for the next installment.
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    Couldn't put it down.

    I absolutely loved this book. Fascinating alternative history, compelling characters, and a great take on what life for women with STEM interests in pre-Apollo times.
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    Disappointingly one dimensional

    It was a good book, well written, but I was expected more/better, especially after the realism and scope of the opening couple of chapters, so I ended up disappointed. The book becomes effectively the diary of one woman's struggle to fight the sexism of the times (1950s) so she can become an astronaut. And that's it. Yes, the world is probably ending. Yes, hints are given here and there about what might be happening outside the narrow vision of the narrator, but they all remain just background. And, as might be expected of a diary, the conclusion is far from satisfying.
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    Absorbing read with a unique perspective

    Absolutely fascinating alternate history read delving into the implications of a event that sets off a different approach to space travel than the story we know. I loved her descriptions of places and events - very engaging read. Couldn't put it down.
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    Solid science fiction

    So glad I had an opportunity to read this. I love how Kowal delves deep into challenges of humankind getting into space and adds another level of urgency. The portrayal of an alt-hist 1950's USA feels uncomfortably close to the social issues of our original timeline.
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