Book reviews are subjective. I tend to rate books not according to how “perfect” they are, seem to be, or are said to be in general but rather to how perfect they are to me.
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
(Click the title to find the book description/blurb.)
Mae McNair, orbiting Mars in the Solace Station, is on her last mission in space before retirement, joined by her son, Michael. But when a malfunction locks Mae out of Solace, Michael and Mae’s coworker, Abel Onizuka, must work together to save her before her oxygen runs out in Circular Horizon by author Bokerah Brumley.
A few pages into this short story, I realized I’d tried it years before in a ChristFic anthology. I didn’t finish it then, but I did this time.
The first half or so was pretty slow for me, but this is more of a story of human connections and a Gospel message in a futuristic space setting, not an action-packed sci-fi adventure. Once the action/danger does come into play, the “heart and soul” aspects of the plot are what make the danger more consequential.
A little comedy, a thread of romance, a touching familial bond, and a prominent theme of faith tie this sci-fi story together. I plan to go on and read the second McNair short in the near future.
Here’s my review of the second McNair short story, The Teacher and the Astronaut.