In The Quick by Kate Hope Day is about the life of female astronaut from 12 to adulthood. There’s a missing crew which seems important and is the driving force until the end when it is about life choice more so. The character work on June is really interesting I actually liked the scenes with her at the astronaut school then her actually being an astronaut in space. The first 50% is all about astronaut school and the other 50% has her in space and going to missions. I loved 75% of this book but man is the last 25% bad. You have a super smart independent female lead, that is ready to throw the mission which has been the reason for her becoming an astronaut, for a borderline abusive relationship. The ending is such a cheat it focuses on the relationship and not on saving people. I was invested in the this mission of saving people, and for it to end before they’re saved is horrible. I was liking this book so much, to throw it all away makes me mad. I would like to think Netgalley and Random House for the ARC. In The Quick by Kate Hope Day is published on March 2nd 2021.
The Plot: June grows up being raised by her aunt and uncle after her parents death at a young age. June’s Uncle is her hero he developed the fuel cells for space shuttles one space shuttle the Inquiry is going on a 6 year manned mission the longest of its kind. half way through the mission the fuel cells have stopped working. June’s uncle and team start working on it but her uncle passes unexpectedly. June doesn’t want to give up. Her aunt put her in NSP an astronaut school, where June is an outcast with big ideas put no one gives her the time of day. She joins a group developing a metal hand, which know one understands her ideas that are two advance she works on her ideas in secret and changes them on the presentation day. The group is blown away since they could not get it to work, June’s ideas are acknowledged, and years later she get a space mission. she has never given up hope that the crew of the Inquiry is still alive, and on the space mission she risk all for a theory.
What I Liked: The character of June really smart and thanks outside of the box makes smart and sound choices, and takes risk. The charter let me down at the end but I enjoyed getting to know her. I like the way we got to see Junes mind work with how she developed the superior mechanical hand. I liked her determination and how she didn’t give up on the crew still being alive of the Inquiry after 6 years. I really liked the pool training scenes both Junes and the Inquiry crews run. I did think the pick moon was cool. I love the cover art to this book a lot.
What I Disliked: The ending, so bad. This book is being compare to the Martian, here’s what this book did, say Jessica Chastain’s character believes Matt Damon’s character is still alive, she spends six years trying to prove this, in the fifth year she meets a guy has an affair. The prove Matt Damon’s alive, The people having the affair work on the fuel cell that the guy destroyed in a jealous rage. You finally get the mission to save Matt Damon but all you can thank of is the guy you had the affair with. You’re on you way to save Matt Damon and the book is over! What the heck.
Recommendations: I want to recommend this book again because of some truly fantastic character work, but I can not. I don’t want anybody getting as upset as I did over this book. I got the arc to this early and was super excited but left feeling disappointed. I rated In The Quick by Kate Hope Day 3 out of 5 stars. More 2.5 but I did enjoy the first 50 percent so much.