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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
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Genre: Technology, Engineering, Agriculture / Other Technologies & Applied Sciences / Space Science

On Sale: 30th April 2020

Price: £18.99

ISBN-13: 9781472267641


Goldilocks is an excellent, character-led space epic filled with well-researched science, moral ambiguity, and - in place of stereotypes and easy answers - the kind of science fiction that makes me keep reading
Fran Wilde, author of Updraft and The Jewel and Her Lapidary
A more beautiful than usual work of science fiction. Come for the superbly researched escape from a dying plane, stay for the cast of characters and the emotional heart.
Rhys Thomas, author of The Unlikely Heroics of Sam Holloway
Lam makes the personal political in this tense near-future family drama that's fuelled by the climate crisis. Lam expertly evokes the claustrophobia of both tight spaces and taut relationships in the evolving struggle between Naomi and Valerie for the soul of the mission... [A] deeply felt space opera.
Publishers Weekly
The unexpected ending will leave satisfied readers searching for read-alikes in its wake. A slow-burning fire of a novel that begs the reader to keep turning the page.
Kirkus (starred)
Masterful science fiction. An absolutely stunning and compelling story.
K. B. Wagers, author of A Pale Light in the Black
It's bold and explosive, equal parts heartfelt and harrowing. Lam's unflinching prose interrogates you, asking what prices you'd be willing to pay for the future of humanity. It's a book that demands your attention.
Alex White, author of A Big Ship at the Edge of the Universe
A fascinating cast of characters, which from the very start of the story hook you in. Surprisingly dark.
James Oswald, author of the Inspector McLean series
A compelling, character-led science fiction tale. With a perfect balance of beauty, thrills and hope, Goldilocks conjures up the twisty claustrophobia of space-travel, untrustworthy relationships and what we're doing to the planet.
Nick Clark Windo, author of The Feed
Goldilocks grabs your attention from the first page and doesn't let go - a thought-provoking, imaginative call-to-arms featuring brilliant female characters and a terrifying premise
Katie Khan, author of Hold Back the Stars
The end of our world is well-trod territory for science fiction but Golidlocks tackles it with startling relevance, fusing together our social and political anxieties in a tense, taut adventure with rich characterization and care. Interstellar's brain with The Handmaid Tale's heart/
Chuck Wendig, author of The Wanderers
Ultimately hopeful . . . grim and thriller-tense, with plenty of twists and turns