I actually put off reading this book for a long time because I was afraid it wouldn't meet my expectations, but it blew them all out of the water anyway. I resonated with so many of Elma's struggles despite her character being very different to what I often read. Kowal is a master of the craft!
Terrible. Poorly written, kept rehashing the same old plot points over and over and character development was confined to one character. So disappointing. I look forward to the Hugo award winners each year and I love female authors so I am really questioning what went wrong with this one.
The audiobook I listened to is narrated by the author herself, and it's a great narration. This is an alternate history of the space race, kicking off with a meteorite strike that catastrophically alters the earth's climate. The story follows Elma, a pilot, and her drive to have women included in the astronaut corps. It's a steadily moving narrative that covers a fairly long period of time, and at times includes a reasonable amount of mathematical and technical detail (Elma works as a "computer", calculating rocket trajectories etc by hand on paper) - so it's not a constant thrill ride of a book, but a really engaging story.