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Goldilocks (Hardback)Laura Lam (author)
The author of the bestselling The Pantomime returns with a bold and chilling high-concept thriller. The future of the planet Earth hangs in the balance, and an all-female space mission is sent out to investigate new territories suitable for human habitation. But is there a traitor amongst them? Dark and stirring, Goldilocks depicts the slow decay of trust in a race against time, environmental disaster and the patriarchal forces of oppression.
Ravaged by environmental disaster, greed and oppression, our planet is in crisis. The future of humanity hangs in the balance - and one woman can tip it over.
Despite increasing restrictions on the freedoms of women on Earth, Valerie Black is spearheading the first all-female mission to a planet in the Goldilocks Zone, where conditions are just right for human habitation.
It's humanity's last hope for survival, and Naomi, Valerie's surrogate daughter and the ship's botanist, has been waiting her whole life for an opportunity like this - to step out of Valerie's shadow and really make a difference.
But when things start going wrong on the ship, Naomi starts to suspect that someone on board is concealing a terrible secret - and realises time for life on Earth may be running out faster than they feared . . .
This is The Martian by way of The Handmaid's Tale - a bold and thought-provoking new high-concept thriller
Publisher: Headline Publishing Group
Number of pages: 352
Weight: 560 g
Dimensions: 236 x 160 x 42 mm
Goldilocks is a terrifyingly contemporary variation on the Dying Earth sci-fi subgenre, a timely commentary on society's treatment of women, a reiteration of the hope that the stars can save us, and a very human story where even the grandest
of schemes can be brought low by human foibles. Best of all, it manages to be all these things at the same time and, like the planetary habitable zone its title references, it gets the balance just right.
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