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An Orbit Away: my Life on Mars Paperback – February 23, 2016
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About the Author
Stacy Rucker began writing novels in 2006. It came out of a passion for reading and seeing the world and it's inhabitants from new angles. While writing and being a full time caregiver to her two children currently keeps her busy, she was formerly an early childhood teacher for ten years. After that, she maintained a her own jewelry web store, a platform she used to design and sell her own pieces. She is never completely satisfied when she is not engaged in a creative endeavor of some kind. Next on her list is learning to play the guitar or piano. While she deeply cherishes passions such as these, for her there is no greater passion than her family and the God who gave them to her.
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I downloaded this book from Amzon.com at no cost for this review in return for a review of one of my books. The author did not see this review until her review of my book was completed. Likewise, I did not see Rucker’s review of my book until after I completed this review.
I give An Orbit Away 4/5 stars.
Written in first person, this story chronicles the adventures of Henry Billingsly, a member of Mars Mission Alpha (MMA). Henry is an ordinary Joe. This is a type of everyman story.
I found many “quality lines” in the book. I provide this sample to illustrate the tightness of the writing throughout the book.
“She judged me with every look, and with every refusal to look at me.”
I like this kind of insight into the humanity of a character.
The book opens strongly. Initial insights into the main characters, the setting, and the context are convincing.
The pace is good as the four mastronauts travel to their destination and set up their survival pods. The reader learns of NASA’s collaboration with a television reality show that is intended to help fund both the MMA’s long-term needs and future colonization missions.
Over time, good and bad events and relational situations are chronicled. Rucker shows she’s done significant research for the book in the areas of technology, planetary science, and space medicine.
Somewhere around the 2/3 mark, the story began to degrade a bit for me. The writing is still commendable, but I was disappointed by a decrease in the level, or lack, of detail.
The end of the story is appropriate as it brings a sense of closure to what has been a traumatic experience for Henry.
I recommend the book to readers of any age. It is an insightful look into the realities of human reaction to semi-isolation.
There were a few spelling issues, and some issues with the correct your and you're and the wrong name once, nothing major though. I would have loved for things to be a bit more fleshed out, like the day to day living, what was there was really interesting and made me want to know more.
Overall I enjoyed the book, there is some drama and some twists, it was worth the read. I received this book free but I'm not obligated to write a positive review, just an honest one.
I did enjoy the social commentary on the time, and while it is hard to like the protagonist in the beginning , but the third act you certainly do not want him to die. Even though this isn't my preferred genre, I really enjoyed the concept and the delivery. A fantastic first release by a new writer.