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- Print Length: 264 pages
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- Publisher: Bella Books (June 14, 2015)
- Publication Date: June 14, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00ZPVXWOK
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The book starts introducing us to Mila Tordov. Mila is a 27 year old, super smart engineer/scientist that has her heart set on going to Mars. This is her life dream since she was a young girl. She is persistent and unflappable. If you look up the term dogged determination you would find a write up about Mila Tordov. She is a fascinating character, the author made her so believable, and so multi-dimensional. Nothing is cooler that smart woman with a ton a self confidence, and Mila has it in spades.
Our other female lead is Jancey Beaumont. Jancey is a former NASA astronaut, that basically did some pretty heroic stuff on a former space mission while she circled the Earth for a year. She is famous, and Mila's childhood hero. Jancey is 43 and she is prickly! She only wants one thing in life, a mission to Mars. I will say Jancey took quite some time to grow on me, way longer than Mila.
This book's awesomeness is based in the details. It is so detail oriented, a goof like me who avoids science at all costs, was mesmerized. I wanted to go to space (I actually think space sounds horrendous, but for the course of T-Minus Two I was into it). The processes that the Mars mission applicants go through, fascinating!
The only thing negative I can say about this book is the romance between the two leads fell short to me. I felt like it wasn't developed enough. I would have liked more dialogue that made me feel like the romance wasn't mostly just a one-sided crush on Mila's part.
T-Minus Two is a wonderful novel. KG MacGregor outdid herself.
My reviews - [...]
In sum, it has done pretty well where all of the other lesbian romance books I have read have failed. I had a good time reading it and didn't want to put it down at any time. Definitely recommend it!
So why am I only giving it three stars?
Because I wanted more. More science... more NASA, more MARS, more astronaut goodies... more in-depth psychoanalysis of the characters and what makes them able to leave Earth and live in space for the rest of their lives (which, frankly, could be very short and painful if something goes wrong).
I really did enjoy this book. There was just enough science to tease me. But when the potential Mars colonists were being tested, the narrative drew away from the actual tests.... Which brings me to this point: "T-Minus Two" is NOT a Science Fiction story. It's a romance novel in a science fiction setting. All the typical romance tropes were present, including the two romantic leads getting trapped together in a confined space and making sweet love. There's nothing wrong with that. I'm a sucker for a good romance novel. But I love me some Science Fiction too, and with just a little more work this could have been both.
The "Mission to Mars" plot line is a good story. It's relevant. NASA will send a human being to Mars someday in the near future. The astronauts who go to Mars are most likely going to be severe introverts who can deal with both isolation, and the company of just one other person in a confined space. I think the author did a good job here with her two protagonists. But I wanted just a little more character study. I wanted a better exploration of their emotional distance from humanity.
This book is okay for a quick read. But it could have been much, much, better.