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A History of What Comes Next
A History of What Comes Next: A Take Them to the Stars Novel | Sylvain Neuvel
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Showing that truth is stranger than fiction, Neuvel weaves a scfi thriller reminiscent of Blake Crouch and Andy Weir, blending a fast moving, darkly satirical look at 1940s rocketry with an exploration of the amorality of progress and the nature of violence. Always run, never fight. Preserve the knowledge. Survive at all cost. Take them to the stars. Over 99 identical generations, Mias family has shaped human history to push them to the stars, making brutal, wrenching choices and sacrificing countless lives. Her turn comes at the dawn of the age of rocketry. Her mission: to lure Wernher Von Braun away from the Nazi party and into the American rocket program, and secure the future of the space race. But Mias family is not the only group pushing the levers of history: an even more ruthless enemy lurks behind the scenes. A darkly satirical first contact thriller, as seen through the eyes of the women who make progress possible and the men who are determined to stop them...
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Twainy
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🎧 A BookTuber loved the Themis Files & said this was a new series by that author so I jumped in!

A mother/daughter pair who aren‘t your average duo. Their mission is to keep humanity on track towards space. Someone‘s trying to stop them.

This incorporates real history & people from WWII. I stopped & restarted when things started feeling familiar. Research went into this book 👍🏼 but you might not like it if you‘re not expecting it.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Jari-chan
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Since I loved the Giant series by Neuvel, I was happy to learn that TOR was giving away free copies of the authors new series. Well, maybe my expectations were too high, but I'm not going to continue the Take Them to the Stars books. I just didn't get hooked at any time. The characters didn't interest me, and even though Neuvel uses a lot of historical backgrounds, he never managed to capture my interests. The afterword was the most interesting ⬇

Jari-chan part of the whole book to me. Then I'd rather go and read some more short stories from the Giants universe...

@TheAromaofBooks #BookSpinBingo
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TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 1mo
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ozma.of.oz
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Tor‘s eBook Club next book is A History of What Comes Next by Sylvia Neuvel! Available for download in mobi and ePub formats before 11:59 PM ET, November 5th.

https://ebookclub.tor.com #TorBookClub

Available in the US and Canada.

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DebinHawaii
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#JulyJourneys 🇺🇸

Happy Independence Day. I am channeling independent thought for the #USIndependence prompt & so I thought of alternative history. Sylvain Neuvel‘s latest book is on my #TBR list & I found this Publisher‘s Weekly article where he names some of his alternative history favorites:

https://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/industry-news/tip-sheet/article/855...

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🙌🏻🇺🇸❤️🤍💙 7mo
Eggs Clever interpretation 💙🇺🇸❤️ 7mo
ValerieAndBooks Thanks for sharing that link! A couple I‘ve already read, many that look intriguing! ❤️🤍💙 7mo
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julesG
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Full review: https://scepticalreading.com/2021/06/bloodlines/

After reading The Calculating Stars this was another interesting take on the space race.

It was clear to me, what the twist to this story is.

Still interested to see where the sequel is going.

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LouBeth
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I listened to the audio book (which is a full cast narration) and I loved it. I love Mia's humor and sometimes snarky attitude.
At the end the author talks about the things that actually happened in history - like a ship manifest with a name that he used for one of the main characters.

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LouBeth
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😄 🤷‍♀️ 😆

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Larkken
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Enjoyed the trip down memory lane of the space programs, but confused by the insertion of the lady alien clones into the story and their motivation - not to mention that of their male clone antagonists? Smacks a bit of having all technology being funneled from super smart/advanced/strong(???) aliens rather than from humans.

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ferskner
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I had been optimistic about this scifi, which is not my genre, because it was heavy on the history. But world building plus no quotation marks meant that I never really felt engaged in the story, just struggled to figure out what was going on. Not for me.

@TheAromaofBooks this is my #doublespin pick! (Does it still count of I didn't finish my #bookspin?)

(Gratuitous picture of Fern #hamsteroflitsy)

#pop21 #genrehybrid

Ericalambbrown Fern is adorable 🥰 9mo
ferskner @Ericalambbrown thank you! I'm very fond of her. 9mo
TheAromaofBooks I do not understand the no quotation marks!! Why do authors do that?! And yes, you are always welcome to read BookSpin or DoubleSpine or both - however it best works out that month!! 9mo
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LiteraryLona
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This one is so unique! I‘ve loved every book of Neuvel‘s that I‘ve read. I listened to this one on Audible, and the narrator was wonderful as well!

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jackilynn
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Gdsjenny
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It was good, heavy on the science, but not overwhelmingly so. The kibsu is odd and intriguing and the Trackers for that matter. And I felt like I learned something about rockets and the space race in the process.

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Lindy
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A fun mashup of science fiction thriller—aliens on Earth for 100 generations—and factual mid-20th century rocket science development. Told in the alternating voices of mother and daughter scientists, plus entr‘acte scenes from earlier history, this story looks at the ethics of violence & technology. #Audiobook performed by multiple narrators plus two great bonus tracks at the end.

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Lindy
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Do we truly care for people, for their empirical selves, or do we care for how we experience them? Is this a universal question, or is this also about me? Whatever it is, I want more!

AlaMich He reminds me of someone but I can‘t think who...🤔 11mo
Lindy @AlaMich 🤷‍♀️ 11mo
MaureenMc @AlaMich Kiefer Sutherland? 11mo
AlaMich @MaureenMc noooo...I think a young Antonio Banderas? 11mo
MaureenMc @AlaMich I can see that. 🤔 11mo
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Hooked_on_books
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Mia comes from a unique lineage of science geniuses and finds herself in a position to influence the space race. This was a fun novel, exploring some of the same themes as the Themis series, and also slowly revealing a bit more about Mia‘s family. It‘s super female-centric in the best way. I think it‘s the start of a new series and I can‘t wait for the next book!

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akaGingerK
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The Kibsu are an interesting concept, and I am still somewhat interested in how that story unfolds. But there‘s a large section based on Operation Paperclip that includes someone being surprised that the Nazis are fully realized humans capable of loving their families in addition to genocidal monsters. And I just can‘t, right now. #ARC