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In the Quick

By Kate Hope Day
In the Quick by Kate Hope Day digital book - Fable

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GOOD MORNING AMERICA BUZZ PICK • A young, ambitious female astronaut’s life is upended by a love affair that threatens the rescue of a lost crew in this brilliantly imagined novel “with echoes of Station Eleven, The Martian, and, yes, Jane Eyre” (Observer).

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY VULTURE AND SHE READS • “The female astronaut novel we never knew we needed.”—Entertainment Weekly


June is a brilliant but difficult girl with a gift for mechanical invention who leaves home to begin grueling astronaut training at the National Space Program. Younger by two years than her classmates at Peter Reed, the school on campus named for her uncle, she flourishes in her classes but struggles to make friends and find true intellectual peers. Six years later, she has gained a coveted post as an engineer on a space station—and a hard-won sense of belonging—but is haunted by the mystery of Inquiry, a revolutionary spacecraft powered by her beloved late uncle’s fuel cells. The spacecraft went missing when June was twelve years old, and while the rest of the world seems to have forgotten the crew, June alone has evidence that makes her believe they are still alive.

She seeks out James, her uncle’s former protégé, also brilliant, also difficult, who has been trying to discover why Inquiry’s fuel cells failed. James and June forge an intense intellectual bond that becomes an electric attraction. But the relationship that develops between them as they work to solve the fuel cell’s fatal flaw threatens to destroy everything they’ve worked so hard to create—and any chance of bringing the Inquiry crew home alive.

A propulsive narrative of one woman’s persistence and journey to self-discovery, In the Quick is an exploration of the strengths and limits of human ability in the face of hardship, and the costs of human ingenuity.

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52 Reviews

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Thinking Face“Honestly, it’s weird that I didn’t hate this book. From the complete lack of quotation marks, to the lack of commas, to the abundant and ridiculous use of the word “buffet” - it honestly drove me crazy at times. Even the description of the book is slightly misleading, as the “romance” portion is barely there at all. It should’ve just been left out, honestly, as it detracts from the story and the main character. But at the end of it all, I found myself rooting for her and ultimately enjoying the ride. The book, despite it being short, spans years of time and therefore contains multiple settings and lots of scenery changes. Unfortunately, that also means we miss out on a lot and it feels like the book never gets as deep as it deserves. The ending falls flat. It’s a good and entertaining read, but don’t go into it with the highest of hopes.”
Characters change and growLikable charactersMulti-layered charactersThought-provokingBad writingUnsatisfying ending
Surprised Face with Open Mouth“This book was RIVETING. I wasn't sure at first, because I was a little annoyed that the author wasn't using quotation marks and the description made it seem like it was more of a romance than it ended up being, but something about it just drew me in and I'm so happy I read it. Not only is it just an interesting story about a cool female astronaut trying to save a ship, it really delves into the nitty-gritty of astronaut life. The effects of isolation, zero-gravity, scientific pressures, long stretches of time without much happening, dangerous environments, and just the general fragility of the human mind. The romance aspect also isn't a huge part of the story, and really doesn't come into play until near the end of the book. The love interest isn't super likeable, but he isn't meant to be at first, and it's an interesting look at learning to give up your power and control. Throughout the book, I felt almost trapped inside June's mind, which is excellent as she is regularly trying to express her thoughts to others, but can't do so in a way others will understand. Overall, I loved this book, and I wish I had more characters in this review to talk about it!”
Characters change and growMulti-layered charactersOriginal writingAddictiveSuspensefulTwistyDark settingComing of ageThought-provoking

About Kate Hope Day

Kate Hope Day is the author of If, Then. She holds a BA from Bryn Mawr College and a PhD in English from the University of Pittsburgh. She was an associate producer at HBO. She lives in Oregon with her husband and their two children.

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