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Rocket Girls (Rocket Girls #1)

3.27 of 5 stars 3.27  ·  rating details  ·  59 ratings  ·  14 reviews
Yukari Morita is a high school girl on a quest to find her missing father. While searching for him on the Solomon Islands, she receives the offer of a lifetime—she'll get the help she needs to find her father, and all she need do in return is become the world's youngest, lightest astronaut. Yukari and her teen friends, all petite, are the perfect crew and cargo for the Sol...more
Paperback, Light Novel, 200 pages
Published September 21st 2010 by VIZ Media LLC (first published March 1995)
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A few years after this was written in 1995, it was adapted into an Anime television miniseries in Japan where it was quite popular. After reading the book, I was able to find some clips of the miniseries on youtube, and recognize them from the situations portrayed. The English translation of the book has only been available since 2010.

It is about an off-shore (from Japan) private space program based in the Solomon Islands, that decides to use teenage girl astronauts because of their diminutive w...more
Callum Shephard
Trying to give a brief analysis on Rocket Girls is simultaneously extremely simple to outline, but also surprisingly complex.

On the one hand its an amalgamation of various tropes and ideas any avid watcher of anime can instantly pick out, from the exaggerated caricatures of people to the hefty dose of zaniness which is thrown into them mix. It’s also lightly written, skipping a lot of the real meat you would expect to find on a on a book of its length and keeping details to a bare minimum.

On the
While the excitement of a pending rocket launch with young girls at the helm is suitably satisfying, I found myself a bit at odds with the heroine, the young Yukari Morita. Far from relishing her role as being a young Japanese astronaut, she was obsessed with the idea of reuniting with her father, even after she learned that he was a polygamous deadbeat who skipped out on her mother on his honeymoon and couldn’t care less about getting back together with the Japanese wife and child that he aband...more
Después del mal sabor de boca que me dejó 100 Cupboards opté por leer ahora algo de ciencia ficción, de ahí que agarré Rocket Girls, pequeño libro (200+ páginas) de Housuke Nojiri el cual me enteré que fué adaptado en un anime.

Se trata de una organización, auspiciada por el gobierno japones que está al borde del deadline para poder enviar un cohete tripulado antes de que les recorten totalmente los fondos, en su desesperación encuentran a Yukari Morita, una adolescente que puede, gracias a su pe...more
Sean O'Hara
The Solomon Space Agency, a semi-private enterprise trying to put a man in orbit, has a problem: their newest rocket design just doesn't work. It keeps exploding on the launchpad. With their backers threatening to cut funding, Director Nasuda decides upon a desperate course -- they'll switch back to an older, more reliable model. The only problem is, the old rocket doesn't have enough payload capacity. By stripping down the capsule to bare essentials and putting their astronaut on a severe diet,...more
Since every kilo you send to orbit is astronomically expensive, the astronauts of the future are the lightest fully functional human beings -- Japanese schoolgirls.

"Rocket Girls" strikes an odd balance between perving out about its protagonists and fleshing out their characters and motivations. They have agency, but they spend a lot of time being leered at as they wear skintight spacesuits.

The treatment of the Solomon Islander natives is bizarrely racist. They are naive, magical, ignorant, happy...more
Mars Dorian
Super fun story about a girl that accidentally becomes an astronaut.
Doesn't sound cool, but the execution is hilarious.

The overall style is light-hearted, cozy-schmozy with over-the-top, cartoon-like characters.
(They've actually made an Anime series out of this book, which doesn't surprise me.)

The science is believable (not that I know anything about rocket science) and sprinkled in just the right amounts without being too hardcore.

If you want a different, fun story with quirky characters and t...more
Jason Seaver
"Rocket Girls" has a silly premise - privately funded space agency recruits petite teenage girl to pilot ship because of strict mass limits, she's less than pleased, etc. - but it's silly in the way that "Golden Age" sci-fi is, with its combination of scientific rigor and relentless optimism, combined with the broad characters and melodrama of a Japanese animated series. It's got a likable heroine, a story that's funny without falling into parody, and a nifty climax.
High school student Yukari Morita travels to the Solomon Islands in search of her long-lost father and accidentally lands a job as the world's youngest, lightest astronaut. When she finds her father who’s become the chief of a native tribe she also discovers a half-sister, Matsuri. They become the astronaut corps for the Solomon Space Association first attempt to put a human into Earth orbit.

This is a light and entertaining YA science fiction adventure.
Dave Lefevre
Nice Saturday read. I will read 2nd book and any others that are lucky enough to come out in English too.

The book really tries to be hard SF. Of course it has that teenage girl worshiping aesthetic that is seen so much in Japanese storytelling. The girls are smart, but they are small and that's the point. Why didn't NASA ever come up with that?
YA SF. Teen girls join a Japanese manned spaceflight program. They watch their weight, one starves herself to get attention, one fears curses and spirits, one puts on a false front for the world, and both seek a glorious death. Oy. The best thing about it is that it's over quickly.
Jackie P.
Rocket Girls is one of the craziest books in the world! Though I'm not much of a rocket kind of person. This book is about a girl who travels to space. This is really good, I recommend it to you if you like science/rockets/space.
Justin Slotman
Enjoyable fluff.
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