Arthur asked:

Could anyone break down what the four MCs' identities are? I've seen a review that just said "one of the characters is trans" and lots that mention diversity in race and sexuality, but I'm putting together a book rec list, and I need to know which characters ID as what specifically. Thanks!

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Estel One of the characters is trans (male identifying, likely AFAB), one is ace, one is bi/pan (not clearly stated but in relationships with both men and women) and poly, and the last is in a female-female relationship with the third but doesn't have more revealed to narrow down sexuality from there. It's also lovely because all their identities just *are*; the plot is about them being astronauts and exploring the universe.
Matthew Whyndham No idea. I had them pegged them as Pilot, Engineer, Biologist and Geologist. After that, Monitor/Evaluator, Resource Investigator, Plant, and Specialist (see Belbin). They seemed to have a patchwork of sexual/gender identities of course, but that was about 3 layers down.
Dan As per other answers, the whole sexual identity thing is mentioned in a handful of sentences and does not take centre stage. With a few of them I totally lost track of genders, and it didn't really matter anyhow.
Gouthami Sajjanagandla I had no idea! I just read this book and I didn't even on pick up on the fact Jack is trans? Where does it say that? And how were we to know that Chikondi is an ace? Only thing I picked up is that the narrator is bi, poly, some version of such.
rachel, x i wouldn't normally pile on but some of the other answers are just erroneous and as i literally just finished this book less than five minutes ago, i thought i'd provide some clarification. jack is a trans man, elena is sapphic and mexican, chikondi is ace and zambian, and adriane (the narrating mc) is mga & polyam. from the book and us edition's cover, i would say she's coded as black but i'm confused by other people's reviews and comments that say otherwise, so i won't verify that 100%.
Sarah narrating character: assumed white, bi/pan/poly
character 2: ace, indicated asian-indian
character 3: in a f/f relationship, from Texas, possibly from a Latin American family background? I don't remember if it's specifically stated, it's a short book
character 4: trans f>m, Australian? Canadian? these are background details, never a big deal to the story.
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