Book Review | Goldilocks by Laura Lam


Title: Goldilocks

Author: Laura Lam

Publisher: Wildfire

Release Date: 29th October 2020

Source: Own Copy Purchased December 2020
This is The Martian by way of The Handmaid's Tale - a bold and thought-provoking new high-concept thriller

Despite increasing restrictions on the freedoms of women on Earth, Valerie Black is spearheading the first all-female mission to a planet in the Goldilocks Zone, where conditions are just right for human habitation.

It's humanity's last hope for survival, and Naomi, Valerie's surrogate daughter and the ship's botanist, has been waiting her whole life for an opportunity like this - to step out of Valerie's shadow and really make a difference.

But when things start going wrong on the ship, Naomi starts to suspect that someone on board is concealing a terrible secret - and realises time for life on Earth may be running out faster than they feared . . .
As it is described as The Handmaid’s Tale and The Martian mixed together I thought I should give it a try. It is set in the near future, women are once again being overlooked, the space race intends to send a ship of men to the far reaches of the galaxy, to a planet called Cavendish that is going to be Earth’s saviour.

Except the ship that is meant to take them there has been designed by Valerie Black and she will not let NASA take it from her, she intends to make this momentous mission her own and decides to steal the ship.  Yes, that is right she is going to steal a spaceship but she knows every inch of that ship, all she needs is a crew she can trust and a way to get off the planet to rendezvous with the ship before NASA get wind of what she is planning.

Her all female crew includes her surrogate daughter Naomi, her mother used to work with Valerie and after her death Valerie brought her up as her own.  The pair have not always seen eye to eye but Naomi cannot resist the chance to set foot on another planet.  But will they make it there?

The all female crew manage to take the ship, the Atalanta and soon they are on their way to Mars where a warp ring will help them get to Cavendish.  Their days are filled with experiments and looking after the ship but of course books like this use have a spanner thrown in to their works don’t they, something is bound to go wrong.  When they do, it seems that somebody is hiding a treacherous secret, will they make it to their final destination?

This was a really enjoyable read, to be able to mount such an impressive crime I would imagine needs a ton of money and a lot of planning so prepare to suspend disbelief.  The journey through space was suitable claustrophobic and made you frequently realise that the barrier between the character and the vastness of space wasn’t that big.

I’m not sure about The Handmaid’s comparison, I didn’t really see this as dystopian but something that does happen in the book which would spoil it does draw a slight comparison.

Anyway if you like your sci fi books with perilous missions then this will be for you!







20 comments

  1. This sounds like a great read! Definitely right up my street! :) Thanks for sharing!

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  2. I enjoy books about space, so that's what initially made me add this book to my TBR, but it seems like it also has some other interesting elements!

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  3. I enjoyed this but I didn't love it. I thought some of the things that happened, especially at the end, were so over the top and unbelievable. But it was a fun read, I have to admit๐Ÿ˜

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    1. I suspended my disbelief! It was a bit bonkers but it was fun!

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  4. Wow, this sounds bold and impressive!

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  5. Thank for sharing your review. What's up with the Wayfarer's book cover design? Ha ha. ๐Ÿ˜

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  6. I just requested this book from the library. Sounds good.

    You did a nice job with this review.

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  7. I do enjoy a good sci fi book...and wouldn't they be boring without something perilous in the mix? :)

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  8. I've seen this book around a lot but didn't really know what it was about or if it would appeal to me. After reading your wonderful review, I'm definitely leaning towards yes! I'll have to check this one out ASAP as it sounds very intriguing! Thanks for sharing your thoughts. :)

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    1. It was a great read and it was one of these books that you need to know how it ends!

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  9. I'm intrigued by the idea of a mashup of The Handmaid’s Tale and The Martian. I loved both of those books so I'm thinking based on your review that I should give this one a try. :)

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    1. It was a good book, it’s veers more towards Martian than Handmaid but definitely worth a read.

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  10. I still intend to get round to reading The Martian at some point. And then watch the film!

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  11. That is one fantastic review for what sounds like a fascinating story! I love stories about space :D

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