It’s Not Never by Louise Gregory and n.g.k.

Thank you to the authors for a gifted copy of their book to read and review. My thoughts are my own and not influenced by the gift.

Synopsis:

From the worldwide bestselling author NGK, and Louise Gregory, a new contemporary love story based around the first human mission to Mars. 

A timeless love story. 

Ambitious and hardworking, astronaut Jessica Gabriel refuses to let love get in the way of becoming the first person to walk on another planet. Or maybe she is just afraid of losing her best friend? 
Fellow astronaut, John Eden, is determined to prove he is more than his family name. Yet his insecurities might cost him his place on the mission. 
Neither of them are looking for love, and mission protocol forbids it. But love doesn’t follow the rules, and the two friends have to decide whether they want to risk everything they’ve worked for to be together.

My thoughts:

During our repeated lockdown’s I’ve turned to books to travel the world from my sofa, but this is the first recent book that has taken me out of this world, into space. As Hugh Dennis said on the BBC2 book show, Between the Covers, this week, he enjoys books that take him away from reality, and this is such a story.

As a teenager I grew up watching Dr Who, Star Trek and Star Wars alongside the news reports about the Space Shuttle. I never had any ambitions to be an astronaut (I hate planes), but on the three occasions in the past 25 years I’ve been persuaded to endure a long distance flight to Florida, I’ve always visited the Kennedy Space Station and watched one of the Shuttle launches from Cocoa Beach in the early hours of the morning.

I enjoyed this book, set a few years in the future, about a couple who had met at University and are now part of preparing for the first expedition to Mars. Jessica and John are thrilled to be reunited in Germany, as they get to know the rest of the team they will be working with, and competing against, for the limited places on the first visit to Mars.

The story explores how they deal with loss of loved ones in the past, their evolving feelings for each other and their desire to be part of the mission. I enjoyed the story, the highs and the lows, the triumphs and the heartbreak.

This is primarily a book about love, which happens to be set around one of the space programmes. It also looks at how you may deal with being away from family and friends, which is so relevant during the global pandemic. Happy to recommend.

By Karen K is reading

An avid reader from the age of 4. Love escaping into a good novel after a busy day working with students. Mum of teenagers. Adopter of dogs.

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