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The Fated Sky

Lady Astronaut, Book 2
Narrated by: Mary Robinette Kowal
Series: Lady Astronaut, Book 2
Length: 10 hrs and 14 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (651 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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  • shane
  • DUNEDIN, New Zealand
  • 09-12-18

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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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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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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  • C. Haase
  • Central Indiana, USA
  • 09-03-18

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
  • Eugene, OR USA
  • 08-29-18

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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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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Our intrepid adventurers continue their travel...

Our intrepid adventurers continue their travel towards Mars.

After falling in love so hard with The Calculating Stars, I was a little bit afraid about its continuation. Now, I'm not only in love with its successor, but with the whole series!

I would also like to mention how Mary Robinette has made me sympathize with a character I profoundly disliked in the previous book. A terrific example of first person narration and its effects towards how readers' perception of the characters are influenced by the main character's perception of them.

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Mary Robinette's Best Work Yet

I couldn't stop listening. The story enthralled me from beginning to end. Mary Robinette's committed and breathtaking performance only made the story more real and raw to me. With every book and every reading, her craft leaps to a new level. I can't wait to see what she does next.

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Love everything about this series.

If you're on the fence on buying this series, DO IT. It's amazing Sci-Fi and alternate history. It really make you think about how different life was in the 1950s-1960s and what humans achieved with so little technology compared to today's standard.

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Wonderful listen!

I didn't love it quite as much as the first, but I loved it nonetheless! Fantastic narration per usual!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-14-19

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
  • 12-29-18

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!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 06-23-19

Another trip among the stars

An excellent sequel to the previous book, full of character development, conflict, adventure and intrigue.

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  • C SIMONSEN
  • 03-05-19

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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  • Petra
  • 09-20-18

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)