Date finished: Thursday 2nd March 2017
First time reading?: Yes
From Goodreads: “Carys and Max have ninety minutes of air left. None of this was supposed to happen. But perhaps this doesn’t need to be the end…”
They say, ‘Don’t judge a book by it’s cover’ but I am a sucker for covers that I think are stunning, and I purchased this book based solely on the aesthetic of the cover. I hadn’t read any reviews or blurbs about this book, but it was blue and plastered in stars and was just pretty.
For a debut novel this book was pretty good: an original idea with our two leads, Carys and Max isolate in space from their ship with just ninety minutes of air remaining. The novel jumps back and forth between flashbacks of their relationship and them trying to logic their way out of their current predicament, with each chapter titled according to how many minutes they had remaining.
I think given time and experience, Katie Khan will be a cracking novelist. The ideas and world creation in this book were pretty solid, but you cannot shy away from the fact that she works for Paramount Pictures. The novel reads like a movie, and is very dialogue heavy. While this doesn’t take away from the character development at all, it does feel as though this story was intended for the big screen and not as a novel.
A lot of the science seemed a little bit far reaching in the book too: I’m not a space scientist or anything but aside from the book reading more like a novelisation of a movie this was my only other real gripe with the book. I can’t really go into detail because as I said, I’m not a scientist, but it just felt a little bit outlandish sometimes.
That said, for a debut novel this book is actually pretty good. The alternate endings at the end round the book off nicely and show you the different ways things could have ended up for our couple, and by the end of the 304 pages you find you have really become attached to Carys and Max. I sense great works from future notes from Katie Khan.
My rating: 6.5/10