In the Quick

In the Quick Review

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).

“The female astronaut novel we never knew we needed.”—Entertainment Weekly (Must-read books coming out in March)

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.

Title:In the Quick
Edition Language:English

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  • h o l l i s

    The best part of this story is the synopsis.The worst part? The dialogue has no quotation marks. You have to pay attention and filter out action from words and all I'll say is I'm glad this was a shor...

  • Jypsy

    Thank you Random House for a complimentary copy. I voluntarily reviewed this book. All opinions expressed are my own. In The Quick By: Kate Hope DayREVIEW ☆☆☆☆Synopsis A young, ambitious femal...

  • Sheri

    This was an absolutely stellar read! It is filled with multiple elements; it has romance, mystery, suspense, space/aeronautical theme and a science fiction feel to everything. The book completely held...

  • Jacqie

    Thanks to Netgalley for providing a copy of this book for review.For some reason, I really loved the cover of this book. You never see pink associated with astronauts! The figure seems to be falling a...

  • Nikki Dolson

    This book! June, lovely June. At twelve she is engaging and smart and passionate. Her love for an uncle, now dead, is palpable. He stoked her dreams and even though he’s gone June carries. I loved f...

  • Lata

    I'm DNF'ing. I was really stuck on something that seems so basic in designing and engineering a very complex vehicle, and its various components and systems, that would have high safety and quality st...

  • Karen?s Library

    For me, at first, this book was all about the cover. That gorgeous pink color with an astronaut on it. I was all in as soon as I saw it.As for the inside, it was... different. June is a brilliant, ecc...

  • Toya (the reading chemist)

    DNF at 20%One of my biggest issues when it comes to sci-fi is when too many creative liberties are taken since it’s still supposed to be rooted in science. In the Quick definitely falls down that tr...

  • Karla Urias

    At first a seemingly straight forward science fiction a-la The Martian and Ad Astra with later allusions to Moon (Sam Rockwell) and Gravity (Sandra Bullock) lingering in the Pink silt. June was such a...

  • Shaun Hutchinson

    This was an interesting one. Half of the book takes place with June as a young woman (12-14) the rest when she's a bit older (18-20). I liked a lot of this book. It felt a little unfocused to me thoug...