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The Relentless Moon

(Lady Astronaut Universe #3)

4.42  ·  Rating details ·  4,070 ratings  ·  697 reviews
Mary Robinette Kowal continues her award-winning Lady Astronaut series, which began with The Calculating Stars and The Fated Sky, with The Relentless Moon.

The Earth is coming to the boiling point as the climate disaster of the Meteor strike becomes more and more clear, but the political situation is already overheated. Riots and sabotage plague the space program. The IAC’s
Kindle Edition, 538 pages
Published July 14th 2020 by Tor Books
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Mary Robinette Kowal I tried to write it so that it would work as a standalone.

If you do decide to go back, you can read Calculating Stars and then go to either Fated Sky…more
I tried to write it so that it would work as a standalone.

If you do decide to go back, you can read Calculating Stars and then go to either Fated Sky or Relentless Moon.(less)
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Jun 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020-shelf, sci-fi
In a lot of ways, this is superior to the second book -- which didn't like as much as the first. Being stuck on the craft to Mars had its charms, to be sure, but there's a lot of good to be had staying closer to home.

Astronaut Nicole Wargin takes the narration up and she spends a lot of time on Earth and the Moon. Not only are the technical aspects interesting as such a small portion of humanity will be able to survive the coming cataclysm, but we're treated to lots of feels, espionage, murder,
This book straight up murdered me.

I love that we get to read about what happened in parallel to the events of the second book. I was a bit worried about me missing Elma who I LOVE, but Nicole and the rest of the crew are just as great.

- the women casually talking about sex and freaking men the fuck out will never not be hilarious
- will never tire of happily married couples
- punches right in the feels repeatedly = instant favorite
- investigations galore IN SPACE = right up my alley

(before an
Checked every boxes of my preference. A female character in her 50s (something I kept asking Mary Robinette in various venues, including the last Torcon). Personal demons. Space exploration. Hard SF with meticulous research. Politics. Gender dynamics. Tight plotting that kept me glued for every page I am losing sleep. (Actually losing sleep is a great indicator on how good a book is to me). Competent people in an enclosed environment trying to do their best and beyond. And most of all, the Moon. ...more
Aug 21, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars

This latest installment in the Lady Astronaut series switches POV characters from Elma York to Nicole Wargin, and runs approximately parallel in time with The Fated Sky

Nicole was always an interesting character, but in this book we get to know her from the inside out. And what a complicated woman she is! As is the case with Elma, Nicole has her own set of both internal and external pressures that she must work with. For Elma, the biggest internal pressure comes from her anxiety, for Ni
Rachel (TheShadesofOrange)
4.5 Stars
With each new installment, the Lady Astronauts series just gets better and better. I enjoyed the first two books, but I absolutely loved this third novel. 

Despite coming from similarly privileged white backgrounds, Nicole was very different than the character than Alma. Nicole was independent and self assured in a way that Alma was not. While this is a character focused series, there was a lot of action in this third volume. The saboteur plot created a mystery that was made even more in
The remarkable "Lady Astronaut" series continues, and I keep on loving it! Mary Robinette Kowal created a wonderful alternate history sci-fi world, and uses her characters to explore a wide range of issues with refreshing perspective.

“The Relentless Moon” is set at the same time as “The Fated Sky” ( While Elma is on her way to Mars, her fellow astronaut Nicole Wargin is getting ready for another mission on the station Lunetta, which is progressively bein
Sep 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: series-to-follow
A suspenseful thriller set on the moon with the wonderful interaction and friendship I loved in the first book.
The story of a competent, middle-aged woman who's fighting her own demons and is trying to balance private life and career.
Di Maitland
Thank you to NetGalley and Rebellion Publishing for providing me with this complimentary ARC in exchange for an honest review.
"Such a pleasure. Please do come and visit me on the Moon.”

I was a little dubious of this book to start, but by god it picked up and by 50% I was hooked, struggling to put it down even to sleep.

The Relentless Moon is a whodunnit. Set at the same time as The Fated Sky, we leave Elma on her way to Mars and follow Nicole Wargin, another of the original six Lady Astronauts, a
Aug 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
The third book in the Lady Astronaut series follows Nicole Wargin and her time on the Moon during the events of The Fated Sky with the first mission to mars.

Nicole Wargin is a veteran of the IAC astronaut program and is getting to the point where her age (and gender) is beginning to sideline her from the jobs that she really wants to be doing in space. Her husband, the governor of Kansas, is also getting ready for a Presidential run. But when a chilling manifesto from anti-space travel groups is
May 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, favorites, reviewed

Look, I'm one of those people who doesn't bother reading the premise of a book if it's a new release from a favorite author. I just trust that the author will deliver -- especially when it's the next installment of a favorite series, like Lady Astronaut.

Often, that works out in my favor, since I like knowing as little as possible going into a story. In this case, though, it worked very slightly against me, because I had no idea that this book wasn't from Elma's
laurel [the suspected bibliophile]
Trigger Warning: Anorexia, grief, pandemic and suicidal thoughts

While Elma York, aka The Lady Astronaut, is away on a three-year mission to Mars, it's up to Nicole Wargin and the others to hold down the fort. Except something is rotten on the Earth, and the trail of sabotage is leading straight to the moon. Nicole is tasked to investigate, discreetly, of course.

This would be 4 stars except that epilogue. I am still crying a little.

Her vibrato sounds like she's using a jackhammer as a dildo.

Aug 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars. Nicole Wargin, one of the first astronauts, along with Elma York, is the main character in this really enjoyable story. Not only is she a skilled pilot and astronaut, she is also the wife of the governor of Kansas, who’s readying himself for a Presidential bid. Unfortunately, the only dark cloud in Nicole's life so far is that management of the space program is starting to see her as getting too old to continue to fly into space because misogyny.
Nicole has been involved with the moon
Oct 04, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, upcoming
Just heard about this on EW and I’m freaking out right now.

I can’t wait!
Evelina | AvalinahsBooks
How I read this: Free ebook copy received through NetGalley

The Relentless Moon seems very different from the other books in the series – The Calculating Stars and The Fated Sky. Both of those were about the ambition of spaceflight – getting Man up above in the skies, as well as getting Woman up there along with him. It had a very far-reaching goal and it made the themes very heroic, which appealed to the general way I understand space travel in real-life media.

However, The Relentless Moon is les
Oh the bitter joy of finishing an incredible book.

This series, and this book in particular resonated with me in a way that should have ripped me apart at Max-Q.

Funny, technical, razor sharp, and deeply insightful into what makes us human. Full of precision science and broken humans carrying on despite everything.

Mary Kowal, thank you
Hmmmm, round three with the Lady Astronaut(s), and the story arc proceeded in (to my mind) along a logical trajectory, but ... and I'm not sure why ... but, but, but ... I enjoyed this one a little less than the first two.

Currently, I'm waffling between any number of (genuinely unhelpful and quirky) theories as to why: (1) as protagonist/narrator/voices/perspectives go, I prefer Elma, THE Lady Astronaut, herself, (2) the novelty may have worn (or begun to wear) off, and ... other than the perio
Aug 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

When I found out that this third instalment was not narrated by Elma, I got a little worried. Really shouldn’t. This novel ended up being as thrilling as the first one, but in a different way.

The events of ”The Relentless Moon” take place more or less at the same time as The Fated Sky but from Nicole Wargin’s point of view, who is at first on Earth and then on the Moon. The main plot strands of human survival and political mayhem are still here, as are the usual sexist and racist slants. The
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Our narrator this time is not Dr. Elma York, who is on her way to Mars in 1963, but her friend, Nicole Wargin, another "Lady Astronaut." Mrs. Kenneth Wargin is the First Lady of Kansas and a former WASP pilot. She's headed to the Moon to investigate suspected sabotage from the "Earth First" movement (she's also a retired OSS agent). And then things get very hairy.

Another 4-star read in this very good series.
Kaethe Douglas
Aug 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I recommended the first book to a coworker who likes space and women and wanted something really engaging. And then my boss decided to also give it a go. Now two more have heard the praise and are planning to read it, too. As much as I loved The Calculating Stars, and as confident as I am at recommending it, the series gets even better. This is frighteningly timely while being even more engrossing than the first two.
The only good thing about 2020 is the books that have been released.

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Shaun Hutchinson
I enjoyed this a lot. Getting to read from Nicole's POV was a nice change of pace, though I did miss Elma. ...more
Kara Babcock
I didn’t realize until I started reading that The Relentless Moon, while technically a sequel to The Fated Sky , is more of a spin-off in the series. Mary Robinette Kowal writes from the perspective of Nicole Wargin, a white woman who was a side character in the first two books. She is one of the original astronauts (or astronette, ugh) alongside Elma York, the Lady Astronaut and narrator of the first two books, who is on her way to Mars during the events of this book. Nicole is also the wife ...more
Oct 04, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars

The Relentless Moon is a masterfully written addition to the Lady Astronaut series. It is more of a companion story than a follow on from the last instalment and this time there is a new protagonist in Nicole Wargin, who is a supporting character from the first two novels. This book is quite fast paced and is full of tension and intrigue which makes it thrilling to read. Bring on book 4.
Lisa Wolf
The Lady Astronaut series is an absolute favorite, so I’m thrilled that I finally read my copy of The Relentless Moon.

In the first two books in the series (The Calculating Stars and The Fated Sky), we’re introduced into an alternate version of 1950s and 1960s America, in which a catastrophic meteor strike has wreaked havoc on the world. Scientific analysis shows that the planet is on its way to becoming uninhabitable due to the climate change that followed the meteor, and this brings about a glo
Jun 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
I have been looking forward to the latest of Mary Robinette Kowal’s Lady Astronaut series, and now #3 is here. Several short stories, and the first two books follow the path of Elma York, the first woman astronaut of the International Aerospace Coalition (IAC), in an alternative historical setting. Those earlier books were The Calculating Stars and The Fated Sky, both released in 2018 – and yes, you should read those first.

As you can see from my earlier reviews of those two, I did not care much
Lark of The Bookwyrm's Hoard
Review originally published on my blog, The Bookwyrm's Hoard.

The Relentless Moon is terrific! It absolutely lives up to the previous books in the series. The novel is gripping, suspenseful, and sometimes wrenching, with moments of levity that never detract from the deadly serious situation in which the characters find themselves.

There is so much I want to say, but I can’t without spoilers. The Relentless Moon takes place on Earth and on the Moon, during the time frame covered by The Fated
Nov 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved it! I loved Nicole!
I laughed outloud. I cried. My shoulders clenched from the stress.
I held my breath more than once and sighed in relief.
What a fantastic story!
And then, of course, night flights when the stars come out. I remember seeing stars from the surface of Earth, but I've always been a city girl, so they have been muted pale things that fluttered against a sky lit by sodium vapor lamps. On the Moon, when I'm flying at night, it is as if someone has spilled diamonds on black velvet. I would kill for a gown that looked like the stars in space.

I continue to love all these books!! The Lady Astronaut series is an alternate history where a meteor hits
Karen’s Library
Ever since I finished The Fated Sky last year, I have been dying for another book in The Lady Astronaut series. And Mary Robinette has delivered beyond anything I could have possibly hoped for.

In The Relentless Moon, while Elma York is traveling to Mars, one of the other original six Lady Astronauts, Nicole Wargin, is back on Earth doing what she can to help her husband, the Governor of Kansas.

Nicole returns to the moon and discovers a possible sabatoge plot and sabateur of the space program co
Grace 📚the bookish ocelot📚
Why is everything being released in 2020?
This book is bloody amazing. I loved it so damn much. Full review to come.
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Mary Robinette Kowal is the author of the Lady Astronaut series and historical fantasy novels: The Glamourist Histories series and Ghost Talkers . She’s the President of SFWA, a member of the award-winning podcast Writing Excuses, and has received the Astounding Award for Best New Writer, four Hugo awards, the RT Reviews award for Best Fantasy Novel, the Nebula, and Locus awards. Stories have a ...more

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Lady Astronaut Universe (4 books)
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