I received a gifted copy of IN THE QUICK by Kate Hope Day from Random House!
Rating: 4 / 5
IN THE QUICK follows June, a young girl with a special gift for mechanical invention. Her gift is nurtured by her uncle who worked on fuel cells for space exploration. Her uncle passed away when June is only twelve. After he is gone his fuel cells are blamed for the disappearance of the spacecraft Inquiry, but June doesn’t believe he is to blame.
Following somewhat in her uncle’s footsteps, June is sent to a training school so that she can learn to go out into space herself. Younger than most, she works to find a place for herself and her special skills to continue in the hope that the Inquiry is still out there somewhere with its crew in tact.
This was an easy and enjoyable read and I flew through it. I felt bad for June in losing her uncle, the one person who truly understood her. Even when she was among somewhat like minds at school, she was able to make herself useful to them, but wasn’t entirely able to find a place to fit in. The synopsis talks about a romance and I think going into the book expecting that to be a big feature is a disservice. This is really more a character driven story about June herself with the romance being more of a minor factor.
This isn’t necessarily a book I would recommend to everyone. It isn’t going to provide concrete answers to all of your questions along the way. I am okay with a somewhat ambiguous conclusion in a book, but I do know that some of my friends are not!
Overall this was a very fun read and I’m glad that I was able to bump it up my TBR!