The Calculating Stars

Mary Robinette Kowal
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An Average (At Best) Award Winner...


So, this won the 2019 Hugo and Locus, and the 2018 Nebula? Well... I didn't hate this book but I did find it an average read, at best. The characterization is rather simplistic with cardboard stand-ins for friends and family of the (nearly) Mary Sue of a first-person narrator. At the end of the day, I didn't really care much about any of the characters. The emotional attachment to people and events just wasn't there, and the foregone conclusion of an ending just seemed trite instead of uplifting. I'll chalk this one off as a 2.5-star stand-alone and skip any sequels.