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3.81  ·  Rating details ·  1,855 ratings  ·  502 reviews
A gripping science fiction thriller where five women task themselves with ensuring the survival of the human race—if you mixed ". . .The Martian and The Handmaid's Tale, this sci-fi novel would be the incredible result" (Book Riot).

“Best of 2020” –Library Journal
“Best of 2020” –Kirkus  
“Best of 2020 – runner up” –Polygon
“Our favorite books of 2020” –GeekDad

Despite increasi
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published May 5th 2020 by Orbit (first published April 30th 2020)
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Emily May
Mar 30, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020, arc, sci-fi
So many went about their day-to-day life with the vague unease that things were sliding past the point of no return. It was easier to push it away, to focus on the problems that could be solved. What to have for dinner. Fretting about how to pay for that leak in the roof. Those in power can worry about the larger things-- that's why we voted for them. What can one person do?

4 1/2 stars. Laura Lam is a seriously underrated author. I haven't read all of her books, but I've enjoyed everything I
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I genuinely regret accepting an ARC of this book because reading it made me so miserable. I honestly do not recommend reading this book during quarantine if you're already feeling sad, as it's like being slapped in the face with the Worst of Twitter: women being oppressed by an authoritarian government, plagues with a high death toll, a planet dying from global warming run rampant-- oh yes, it's all my worst fears, packed into a 300+ boo
Emer (A Little Haze)
“Goldilocks” is pitched as The Martian meets The Handmaid’s Tale as it marries issues of women’s rights with a space set storyline about the earth trying to solve issues of climate change by creating a new home for humanity on a distant planet.

And while it is an incredibly thought provoking read with an interesting plot I feel that the book could have been so much more.

The story begins with five women stealing a spaceship from NASA and their attempts to make it to a new Earth-like planet calle
Laura Lam
Oct 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
I always do little picture reviews of my books, so why break the trend?

Goldilocks is the Martian by way of Handmaid's Tale.

It stars Naomi Lovelace, the ship's botanist. I imagine her as Caroline Ford.

The ship's captain is Naomi Black, CEO of Hawthorne, which was co-founded with Naomi's mother, Catherine. After Catherine died, Valerie took Naomi in. I imagine her as Jodie Foster. Think Elon Musk meets Sigourney Weaver.

She and three other women (Irene Hart, Oksana Lebedeva & Jerrie Hixon) are j
It hadn’t happened in a moment, but a series of moments, as slow and insidious as the melting of the ice caps. Women had been ushered out of the workplace, so subtly that few noticed until it was too late. There had been no grand lowering of an iron curtain, with passports voided and bank accounts emptied. There had been a few men in sharp suits quoting scripture with silver tongues, but it was cursory, just enough to wrangle part of the Christian vote. Really, they were afraid of women. Or hate
☘Misericordia☘ ⚡ϟ⚡⛈⚡☁ ❇️❤❣
The Earth has a case of human-osis. Nasty little mammals that are determined to be nothing short of terminal.

But nevermind. Here go strutting our 5 female sheroes (or whatever the correct feminitives would be).

What are they up to?
Bending space and time? Check.
Stealing a space shit? Check.
Screwing over the nasty men who would do their damndest to screw women over? Check. *eyeroll*
A cryofrozen ex-husband in storage? Check.
The 'longest distance relationship'? Check.
Enticing glimpses of the new pl
Feb 03, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of science fiction and feminism
Thank you to NetGalley and Orbit Books for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

As climate change ravages the Earth and governments around the world gradually erode women’s rights, a crew of five highly qualified women steal a spaceship and travel to an Earth-like extrasolar planet. Never has a book’s premise so thoroughly appealed to my specific interests: science, space travel, climate change, feminism.

Unfortunately, Goldilocks suffered in its execution, and I couldn’t giv
Apr 21, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
ARC received in exchange for an honest review 🚀

With the Earth on the brink of collapse after years of misuse from humanity, a team of women take matters into their own hands to try and save the future of mankind. All they need is a spaceship and a plan. Valerie Black is the leader of her handpicked crew of the five best females she could find. On an Earth where women have become increasingly oppressed and restricted in what they can do, she hopes that by spearheading a mission to a new planet sh
May 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
3.5 Stars. I received this from Netgalley, but I'm considering buying it for my partner. This is the kind of science fiction she adores.

The premise is great. Goldilocks is set in the near future in a world that is on the brink of collapse and women are being forced out of the workplace due to conservative governments. So, it comes as no surprise that Valerie steals the spaceship that was supposed to be hers and takes her all female crew into space despite them having been forced out at the last
Bookphenomena (Micky)
4.5 rounding up to 5 star review

GOLDILOCKS is the rare kind of sci-fi that kept pace from beginning to end without any kind of lull or overly descriptive narrative. I have just finished the book on a wow whilst congratulating myself on already having secured an order for a signed hard copy; it was that good.

This did not feel like a story I’d read before, it was fresh and gripping. The protagonist Naomi was the daughter of a renown scientist and protege of a leading researcher into all things spa
Jul 19, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars

The setting for this story is a very near future Earth on the brink of total environmental collapse. The political scene is shifting ever more dangerously to right wing conservatism, which includes gradually shutting women out of positions of power and responsibility.

There is a likely prospect for habitation on a now-reachable exoplanet called Cavendish, and the US has spent years and a huge amount of taxpayer dollars to fund an initial mission to start colonisation of the planet. Of co
Mel (Epic Reading)
This is a sci-fi, space voyage with one distinct difference from usual; it’s all women. No men need apply. As a female this excited me to see female astronauts steal a spaceship and try to ‘save’ all of humanity. Unfortunately, as is often the case, Laura Lam takes it a bit too far. By the end of the book I was so over all of these women, discussion of fertility and babies, and their giant space egos. Proving that gender holds no sway over how confident someone is in their own opinion being righ ...more
Rachel (TheShadesofOrange)
3.5 Stars
From the synopsis, I originally expected an optimistic feminist piece of science fiction. So I was surprised to find that the story depicted a future America  where equality and women's rights have taken a step back. I initially wanted to read about a group of heroic astronauts and so I was disappointed their mission turned out to be an unauthorized theft of government property. I definitely went into this book with incorrect expectations, which ultimately let me down. I thought this bo
The Martian meets The Handmaid’s Tale? Hell yes I want to read it!
The Coycaterpillar Reads
Space exploration. It’s always been the unattainable for the regular man. Its been my ultimate dream to see the black and ever stretching unknown. What would you see and hear? Could it possibly be everything that you had hoped or dreamed, or would it never live up to your fantastical expectations? Goldilocks gives the reader a first-class ticket to far away planet, Cavendish. Your feet will be the first to touch down, to see the sights never before witnessed but what would life truly be like bei ...more
The Earth is about to become uninhabitable for humanity due to environmental collapse and the disasters that brings. Just in time, there's a small amount of hope: interstellar travel is a reality and there's a destination, an Earth-like plant orbiting Epsilon Eridani named Cavendish. The plan is to send the a starship there to establish a base before eventually ferrying the population of Earth to its new home on a series of exodus ships. But growing restrictions worldwide on the rights of women, ...more
Oct 09, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio
DNF 25%
A depressing failure. The MC female astronaut lets herself fall pregnant in space. These kinds of stories make women seem like out of control liabilities.
Shaun Hutchinson
I have mixed feelings about this book. The first half was wonderful. The second half was...confusing. I don't want to say it wasn't good, because it was, but it wasn't what I felt the first half had set up. The first and second halves just felt very different. Overall, I did enjoy it.

The only real issue I had was that the author, who lives in Edinburgh, chose to set the book in the US despite writing using British English. I mean, I have no issue with British spellings and/or phrases over US one
I came for the climate change and got a whole of lot internal character angst. A lot. I liked this overall but I didn't love the way it was told. The timelines going back and forth really sapped the pace and suspense of both.

Naomi was a member of the five-woman crew of the Atalanta and the story is mostly focused on her perspective of the events surrounding the commandeering of that ship and the journey to Cavendish (a habitable planet in another galaxy). She's the adopted daughter of Valerie,
Lisa (A Life Bound By Books)
4 Stars! I like books that I have no idea what I’m expecting but it certainly wasn’t that!

I enjoyed the book and the journey the main character Naomi going on. And I mean journey within the actual journey to space and the distant planet of Cavendish.

I was never exactly sure where characters were headed so there were plenty of shocking moments. A nice surprise in the fact that I never knew where the author was going. It’s not confusing or heavy science driven but just enough to immerse yourself
Toya (the reading chemist)
Apr 14, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
DNF @20%

After recently reading and loving False Hearts by Laura Lam, I couldn’t wait to read Goldilocks.

That being said, I am shocked that these two books are written by the same author.

Goldilocks focuses on a group of five females who have hijacked a space ship in order to go to a planet named Cavendish to see if it’s inhabitable. We know that for some reason, society no longer allows women to be in STEM fields or basically work at all (even though we have no idea how this history came about).
The Nerd Daily
Apr 29, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Christina Ladd

Goldilocks belongs on the shelf right between The Martian and The Wanderers, the hyper-mechanical and the ultra-psychological novels about deep space. This finds some really good middle ground between the two, but its greatest strength is its ability to reflect on the political realities of the modern world. The race for the stars sprang from political rivalry, and Laura Lam describes a near-future world in which politics once agai
Dec 28, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: recent-reads
Set in the near future, five women hijack a spaceship set to launch to Cavendish - a planet in the perfect habitable zone beyond Mars. The story starts thirty years after the events take place and Naomi, the protagonist, decides to finally tell the story behind what lead the women to take matters into their own hands.

An interesting view of why we have to find a habitable planet. It seems much of the Earth has succumbed to nature's wrath with ongoing wildfires and extreme weather events. There ar
Elizabeth Tabler
May 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Goldilocks by Laura Lam is not your typical science fiction story. Lam has combined political unrest and women's rights with a desperate need to explore and save the Earth.

Because in Lam's story, the Earth has only about thirty years left.

In the not so distant future, humanity has all but destroyed the planet. We have the world on life support, but water is disappearing, the air is unsafe to breathe unmasked, and the animals are gone. All we have as a species is technology, human ingenuity, an
Liz Barnsley
Apr 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoyed Goldilocks the story of rebellious women stealing a rocket ship and attempting to save the world - a world which is increasingly disparaging the skills and worth of all women.

This is a social story but also an adventurous one, with an intriguing group dynamic of characters and a story that is full of little twists and turns. A dying planet, one who will go to extraordinary lengths to prove a point all wrapped up with a science fiction speculative bow.

Very good indeed. Recommended.
Oct 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The mystery/ thriller aspect is great but the scifi world-building elements are a bit thin.
Karen’s Library
4.5 stars. Goldilocks had me with the synopsis of The Martian meets The Handmaid’s Tale.

Naomi Lovelace is part of a 5 woman crew who steal a space shuttle intended for travel to a planet called Goldilocks. Earth is failing, and the government has slowly removed women out of the workplaces and back home to keep house and have the one allotted child (more than one child causes an insane child tax). Since earth can’t be saved, humanity looks to the stars and finds a new planet perfect for humans.

There's plenty to enjoy here - a far too believable dystopian near-future, a cast dominated by women full of ambition and determination, the shining promise of a new world - but I wasn't sold on the split timeline narration, which undercut tension and reduced my engagement.

However, it's a competent space thriller and - more interesting to me - a gripping personal drama. For all it has to say about the patriarchy and climate change, I think it's at its strongest in examining the relationships bet
Sci-Fi & Scary
May 04, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Goldilocks is a raw look at a near-future that feels too close to our reality right now. It is in many ways a difficult read, and I had to set it down several times. I read fiction to escape, and Laura Lam brought our reality right back to my doorstop with this book. It was a good read, but I cannot say that I found it a particularly enjoyable one for that reason.

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laurel [the suspected bibliophile]
Women had been ushered out of the workplace, so subtly that few noticed until it was too late.

In the near future, climate change has wrecked such havoc on Earth that humanity will probably cease to exist within the next thirty years. But there is potential salvation—in a goldilocks planet called Cavendish, which is close enough to reach within a lifetime thanks to a warp ring. And the first humans to go to Cavendish will be five women—after they steal their spaceship back.

3.5 stars, rounded up

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Laura Lam was born in the late eighties and raised near San Francisco, California, by two former Haight-Ashbury hippies.

After studying literature and creative writing at university, she relocated to Scotland to be with the partner she met online when they were teenagers and he insulted her taste in books and she insulted hi

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