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The Fated Sky

Lady Astronaut, Book 2
Narrated by: Mary Robinette Kowal
Length: 10 hrs and 14 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (20 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

Mary Robinette Kowal continues the grand sweep of alternate history begun in The Calculating Stars. The Fated Sky looks forward to 1961, when mankind is well established on the moon and looking forward to its next step: journeying to, and eventually colonizing, Mars. 

Of course the noted Lady Astronaut Elma York would like to go, but there’s a lot riding on whoever the International Aerospace Coalition decides to send on this historic - but potentially very dangerous - mission. Could Elma really leave behind her husband and the chance to start a family to spend several years traveling to Mars? And with the civil rights movement taking hold all over Earth, will the astronaut pool ever be allowed to catch up, and will these brave men and women of all races be treated equitably when they get there? 

This gripping look at the real conflicts behind a fantastical space race will put a new spin on our visions of what might have been.

©2018 Mary Robinette Kowal (P)2018 Audible, Inc.

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Great performance good continuity in the story

Great performance from the author, nice to have the story continue and see where the lady astronauts travels

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Great sequel

Fantastic book. I think I enjoyed it even more than the first book and I gave that 5 stars too!

Awesome characters, great story line and comes across as very plausible for this genre. Nice touches by adding in some real world people from the 60s like Katherine Johnson (NASA mathematician)

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  • shane
  • 12-09-2018

Fantastic sequel to the first book ! <br />

A great alternative version of history and space , this book does not disappoint ! an enjoyable listen .with a great narration !

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  • Donna (Girl Who Reads)
  • 06-09-2018

I didn't want it to end

I'm sad that I finished this book. It was so, so good that I didn't want it to end. I love Elma but I became attached to all the characters and I want to know how they resolve the racial issues and if a colony is really successful. I know there is still a novella in this series, but I want more of this world that Mary Robinette Kowal has created

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  • C. Haase
  • 03-09-2018

Second book does NOT dissapoint

So many good moments and so well researched. I googled a bunch of terms to find them accurate and loved it. Didn't imagine how my opinion if a character would change throughout the book. Can hardly wait for book .

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  • JMGL
  • 29-08-2018

Stunning Part 2 of an amazing story

Amazing characters and a gripping story meant I didn't want to stop with this story. I found myself crying at one point during my commute to work because I was so wrapped up in it. Just a fabulous book and an engaging performance of it.

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  • Chester Johnson
  • 27-08-2018

Alternative timeline masterpiece!

I'm a huge fan of alternate timeline stories, and this series satisfies that craving. This novel in particular builds on its predecessor in an intelligent way, by detailing the steps humanity would be taking in its next step from a moon colony to its first manned Mars mission. During this adventure we get to experience the continued story of mankind dealing with the social issues of the 50's and 60's as we are forced to "grow up" quickly as a united and equal humanity of all races, colors, creeds, and genders to ensure the continuity of our species off of our slowly dying homeworld. 5 out of 5 star rating, and I hope to see more of Elma and Nathaniel York's adventure on Mars soon!!!!

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  • Gary Roelli
  • 17-12-2018

Great Alt history science fiction.

Excellent story very well performed. Tells the story of what might happen if a massive meteor were to strike the earth and render it uninhabitable in the near future. Set in the late 1950’s to 1960’s. To survive mankind has to reach for the stars.

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  • Bikram Agarwal
  • 09-04-2019

Overhyped

This book again starts with the "rocket launch" innuendo. Does the author not know any other way of referring to that? I was irritated by repeat of this from the beginning.

Characterizations in this book felt quite weird to me. Elma was trying to be portrayed as holier than thou, but at several places she came off as self-centered jerk. And why the hell was the author hell bent on redeeming Parker. That guy was sexual predator, as the author clarified at several places during the two books. Yet, it looked like this book's mission is to establish that "aww... he's not that bad after-all." Just no. Once you are sexually exploiting people at your workplace, you have no redeeming qualities. Period.

Moreover, it looked like the story was heading towards Elma getting a crush on Parker. ffs.

Apart from all these, the story itself wasn't anything unique. First expedition to mars. Few critical issues during the voyage. <spoiler>Few people die. But they finally reach the destination.</spoiler> Meh.

And still a poor narration. Only Elma's voice was unique. All other females have one voice. All other males have one voice.

To me it sounds like this series is hyped just because "yayy... women."

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  • The Masons
  • 05-04-2019

Beautiful

A beautiful and real feeling book with full bodied characters and inspiring imagination. A must read!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-04-2019

love the story

another great story.loved it .great story and narrator could do without the swearing at least it's not as bad as some

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  • stephen d. whatcott
  • 30-03-2019

very enjoyable read... good narrator and engaging

narrator was great. engaging story and inspirational. it shows how people can pull together and overcome differences and prejudice in order to truly be who we ought to be...as humans

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 14-02-2019

Excellent story - beautifully narrated

It's rare to find the narrator of a story doing such a marvelous job as this one.

Brilliant narration which adds so much to this fascinating two part story.

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  • F. Rodolf
  • 29-12-2018

The first book was good, this one is fabulous!

I enjoyed the first book in the series - a lot. This one though totally moved me!