It is here! The first book review of 2021! Yes, I know I wrote a fuck ton of book reviews at the end of 2020 but this is the first of 2021 and it is almost the end of January, so I think that is a lot of control for me lol.
The premise of this book is following the journey of looking for life on Mars. It also has some of Sarah Stewart Johnson’s life sprinkled in there also but the main focus is on Mars.
In the book there are a lot of facts and a lot of historic science references in this book, that unless you have somewhat of a science background might not understand. To be honest if you don’t think space exploration is cool you probably wont like this book.
I really like all things science and space so I was really drawn to the book.
When I go and try to find a new book to read, I am really just scrolling through my library on an app. Unless I have a book that I have requested, this is how I find most of my books. Sometimes I read the synopsis, sometimes I borrow it based on the name, and sometimes I borrow it based on the cover. Yes, I judge books by their cover.
For this book I picked it based on the name. Most people don’t know this but I fucking love space like I said earlier. Like I wanted to work for NASA and was going to be a physics engineer. Unfortunately, there is a lot of math in that and university math and I did not get along. I recently had a facebook memory pop up literally saying Math could go die in a corner, ahh good old university days. If this doesn’t convey how I felt about university math then I don’t know what would.
As much as I liked seeing an inside view of some of the Mars exploration missions and hearing about all the previous ones that had happened, this book was just not exactly what I was hoping for. I would find myself drifting off into thought as I listened to it.
There were times where it would be talking about something that had happened previously in Mars expeditions and then it would jump back to talking about something that was happening in Sarah’s life. One part I explicitly remember was Sarah talking about dating this person and then the next part was just how she was pregnant and she was sitting there with her husband. I was like is this the same guys as before????? Your relationship was kind of just left there and now you are pregnant?
Needless to say I did not like the jumpiness of the book, I like when things flow nice and are a bit easier to follow.
I did however really like all the knowledge of Mars and all of Sarah’s input. I had never heard of Sarah Stewart Johnson before this book, but she sounds so awesome and has accomplished a lot. She participated in three different Mars missions and that alone is awesome. I think I am just amazed by her because there is not a lot of women in these fields so I fangirl over all of them.
Overall this book was alright, I finished it so that is a good sign but I am also forcing myself to finish books I may not like. I give this a 3 stars out of 5.
And with that, this book review is finished. I promise I won’t spam them as much, well for now. I do have some awesome things going on in February so keep your eyes open for that!
Until next time,