I'd heard that this book's biggest failing was the author's attempt to write from a female perspective and yeah, that was pretty distracting. It's unbelievable to me that the author, and his editors, are not aware that women don't walk around thinking about how great their bodies are. (Note: even if a woman seems to have a great body, she probably just notices her flaws.) Add on to this to concept of 'sex for service' to repay the kindness of a friend; it is not what I want my daughters to learn about the world!
My next hurdle was the paragraphs of scientific explanation. There are clear places where the author's voice comes through heavy to explain something that really isn't necessary. Since I'm writing a book based on the moon, in a similar time frame, I was very interested in what science issues I've missed, and the science itself, so it didn't bother me. On the occasions he manages to get the science into the story (like when she is welding for the first time out on the surface of the moon and discovers the need to add oxygen to the flint and steel sparks system) then it is really cool. I'm sure many of his fans are reading *for* the scientific details, so it works in the genre.
And, I finished the thing, which puts it in the top 10% of books I've read lately...
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