Eleven-year-old Nedda Papas is obsessed with becoming an astronaut. In 1986 in Easter, a small Florida Space Coast town, her dreams seem almost within reach—if she can just grow up fast enough. Theo, the scientist father she idolizes, is consumed by his own obsessions. Laid off from his job at NASA and still reeling from the loss of Nedda’s newborn brother several years before, Theo turns to the dangerous dream of extending his living daughter’s childhood just a little longer. The result is an invention that alters the fabric of time.
Amidst the chaos that erupts, Nedda must confront her father and his secrets, the ramifications of which will irrevocably change her life, her community, and the entire world. But she finds an unexpected ally in Betheen, the mother she’s never quite understood, who surprises Nedda by seeing her more clearly than anyone else.
Decades later, Nedda has achieved her long-held dream, and as she floats in antigravity, far from earth, she and her crewmates face a serious crisis. Nedda may hold the key to the solution, if she can come to terms with her past and the future that awaits her.
It’s a special feeling when a fiction book teaches you so much about a subject you didn’t expect to learn about while reading a book that entertains you. I respect this author so much for all the research she did to put into this book.
Although this is a book about science and space it’s also a book about relationships. Examining these characters and their layered selves was very interesting. The mother-daughter bond vs the father-daughter bond, friendships, chronic illness all affect a persons future and their dreams. It was beautiful to watch this story unfold.
The dual time narrative in this story was very effective. I loved bouncing back and forth between the main characters past dreaming of being an astronaut and the present where her dreams have manifested.
Science fiction lovers come step into the world of fiction and read this book. It’s definitely a cross over title that both genre fans will enjoy. This is a slower read so don’t go into it expecting action. What you should expect is an unfolding of beautiful writing and information.
Thank you Bloomsbury for providing me a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.