Light from Other Stars

Light from Other Stars Light From Other Stars Epub Author Erika Swyler From The Author Of National Bestseller The Book Of Speculation, A Poignant, Fantastical Novel About The Electric Combination Of Ambition Wonder That Keeps Us Reaching Toward The Heavens.Eleven Year Old Nedda Papas Is Obsessed With Becoming An Astronaut In 1986 In Easter, A Small Florida Space Coast Town, Her Dreams Seem Almost Within Reach If She Can Just Grow Up Fast Enough Theo, The Scientist Father She Idolizes, Is Consumed By His Own Obsessions Laid Off From His Job At NASA And Still Reeling From The Loss Of Nedda S Newborn Brother Several Years Before, Theo Turns To The Dangerous Dream Of Extending His Living Daughter S Childhood Just A Little Longer The Result Is An Invention That Alters The Fabric Of Time.Amidst The Chaos That Erupts, Nedda Must Confront Her Father And His Secrets, The Ramifications Of Which Will Irrevocably Change Her Life, Her Community, And The Entire World But She Finds An Unexpected Ally In Betheen, The Mother She S Never Quite Understood, Who Surprises Nedda By Seeing Her Clearly Than Anyone Else Decades Later, Nedda Has Achieved Her Long Held Dream, And As She Floats In Antigravity, Far From Earth, She And Her Crewmates Face A Serious Crisis Nedda May Hold The Key To The Solution, If She Can Come To Terms With Her Past And The Future That Awaits Her Light From Other Stars Is About Fathers And Daughters, Women And The Forces That Hold Them Back, And The Cost Of Meaningful Work It Questions How Our Lives Have Changed, What Progress Looks Like, And What It Really Means To Sacrifice For The Greater Good.

Erika Swyler is the author of The Book of Speculation, a national bestseller, Indie Next pick, and a Buzzfeed Best Book of the Year Her forthcoming novel, Light from Other Stars Bloomsbury, 2019 , is about a young girl and an invention that alters the fabric of time Her essays and short fiction have appeared in Catapult, VIDA, The New York Times, and elsewhere Erika lives on Long Island, NY, w

[Ebook] Light from Other Stars  By Erika Swyler –
  • Hardcover
  • 320 pages
  • Light from Other Stars
  • Erika Swyler
  • English
  • 21 July 2017
  • 9781635573169

10 thoughts on “Light from Other Stars

  1. Elyse Walters says:

    Wow I was left with a big lump in my throat as I turned the last few pages I sat quietly just staring out the window.It s not a book one easily jumps away from and walks off quickly.It s a book that transforms we continue to reflect It brims with heart pleasures and pain between parents and their children It s a highly imaginable story one that expands our horizons between earth and space This novel is wonderful extraordinary incredibly ambitious..and as ambitious as its heroine Nedda Papas Eleven year old Nedda wanted to be an astronaut She wanted to go to the moon, walk on its craters She wanted her own space shuttle and to feel what weightlessness was like The story begins when Nedda has already been in outer space for two years Aboard Chawla There are three years left before arrival Meet the other crewmates Evgeni His eyesight was suffering It was progressive astigmatism due to lack of gravity Amit Singh Mission CommanderLouisa Marcanta physician Dr Stein psychologist From Outer Space Nedda remembers home..remembers her family mom, dad, and close friend Denny.and others in her community Nedda remembers running between rows of orange trees, bare feet against rough soil, the dusty yellow dirt, crabgrass where the trimmers couldn t reach, flies She missed Denny There are parts of his memory she would never be privy to Yet they were tied together by the orange grove from a trauma as much as friendship Yet they hadn t talked since she left for...

  2. Dorie - Traveling Sister :) says:

    NOW AVAILABLE This was a 4 star read for me.This is my second book by Ms Swyler and it is really quite different I believe that The Book of Speculation was magical realism and this one is science fiction I think it might be important for readers to know that I do not read science fiction and some parts of this novel were just plain frustrating for me The believability factor was a problem for me at first but then I thought I would just sort of turn myself over to the book and just see where it would carry me.We are thrown into the future right at the beginning of the book as Nedda Papas is waking up on the spaceship Crawla, to the sound of birdsong from her now long ago childhood She and her crewmates are on a several years journey to another planet where they will build a base and determine whether this may be a planet suitable for human life since earth is slowly dying The science part of this section and a lot of the book is what dragged for me and some of the descriptions were quite long It was in the frustrating scientific details that this book lost me a little, I just wanted to get on with the story I however did learn, and you should know it now because it will appear many times in the book that Entropy is the measure of randomness or disorder in a system wikepedia or as Nedda had learned from her father, Is it about entropy .He told me that s what the machine was for To control it To speed it up, o...

  3. Angela M says:

    4.5 starsScience fiction is not a genre I typically read, but there was something about the description of this book that appealed to me I am than a little surprised at how much I loved it Most of the sci fi stuff was beyond me and while I didn t find most of it believable, the author did a fabulous job of helping me to imagine it Eleven year old Nedda loves space travel and astronauts and science and her heart is broken when The Challenger crashes Nedda s love of space travel and her ambition to go to space is realized in this dual time narrative The story begins from her present on a spacecraft on a journey to a planet to explore whether it could be a safe haven as the earth slowly is destructing It moves back and forth to 1986, when she is eleven, the time of an experiment that alters time, when so much changes Her father, a professor who has lost his job at NASA has also had his heart broken by a loss that he and Nedda s mother have kept from her Theo is on a mission to extend her childhood What an incredible thing it would be to hold on to that precise moment where ge...

  4. Debra says:

    Eleven year old Nedda Papas wants to be an astronaut Her father once worked for NASA was laid off and she is devastated when she watched the Challenger Catastrophe at her school I could relate to this part of the book as I also watched the Challenger break apart 73 seconds into its flight live in my science class But that is not where the book begins, the book begins when an adult Nedda is in space aboard the Chawla She has been in space for two years and has several to go before they land The crew is in search of a new place to live as Earth is slowly dying While in space she is looking back at her childhood, her parents, her father s experiment, her friend, Denny, the Challenger explosion, her school and community This book was a bit of a struggle for me and there were times that I thought of putting the book down and not finishing But I pushed through I am on the fence with Science fiction I either love of or just can t connect with it As I stated I struggled with this one The science parts really slowed this book down for me...

  5. Hannah Greendale says:

    Intriguing premise but innefective execution Would recommend Light from Other Stars to fans of The Sunlight Pilgrims by Jenni Fagan or Borne by Jeff Vandermeer She d been little when he d told her about the beginning of the universe and how the solar system was born How the sun wa...

  6. Bkwmlee says:

    I don t normally read science fiction and I m usually not too keen on books about space travel either, so I surprised even myself when I decided to pick up Erika Swyler s latest work Light from Other Stars It s hard to pinpoint exactly why, but when I first read the summary, I was drawn to the story and was curious how it would turn out While I did end up liking the story as well as the characters a lot, I have to admit that all the science and space stuff went way over my head, to the point that I considered abandoning this than once and moving on to something requiring less struggle I persevered however and I m so glad I did, as the story was definitely worth it, especially the aspects of family, relationships, love, and humanity that were so deftly explored through the events that unfold around the main character Nedda Papas in both the past timeline which took place in 1986 and the future, inside the space shuttle Chawla Speaking of which, the dual timeline format utilized in this story was unique and unlike many of the other books I ve read before two seemingly unrelated narratives that went off on very different tangents, but then converged in a way that surprised me The writing was the other aspect of this novel that stood out it was incredibly descriptive for sure, but significantly, there was also a gentleness to it, with the author taking a delicate ap...

  7. Evelina | AvalinahsBooks says:

    Light from Other Stars is certainly not an easy book to review It holds a lot of meaning and very deep emotion, and the idea behind it is definitely interesting a science experiment gone wrong that sends the whole town into a temporal bubble and makes it effectively disappear for some 50 years, after which it surfaces like some real life nostalgia in a futuristic world of our day So while it s a great premise, it s just So, so sad.Light from Other Stars is largely about the trauma the main character went through in losing her dad, her childish innocence, her best friend and the tether to a safe, carefree reality something we all lose sooner or later, as we grow up Those kinds of topics are no walk in the part, so I kept stopping as I was reading because it would just keep bringing me down.Light from Other Stars is told through two perspectives, the past and the present for the same character, Nedda She witnesses the deaths of a group of astronauts during a NASA launch, but than that the very next day something terrible happens in her town and her father is to blame It s also something really, really weird and nobody will even believe her at first, and she has to deal with it both physically as well as emotionally The other perspective is also Nedda, but years later, on a colonizing ship to Mars, trying to not die with complications of the trip Things on Earth also don t seem to be going that...

  8. Jypsy says:

    I loved the premise of Light From Other Stars when I read it The story lost me, unfortunately It s not a bad story or badly written I got lost somewhere in the scientific stuff, and I just couldn t maintain interest enough I skimmed through probably half of the story If sc...

  9. Jennifer says:

    This is a deeply beautiful book like a 4.5 for me , although it has a promotional pitch that is perhaps misleading Indeed this book consists of two parallel stories Nedda s father s science experiment going array when she is a child and flash forward scenes aboard a space ship when Nedda is older and an astronaut What I think you DON T get from the promotional copy is that this book is sci fi and those elements will figure prominently into one and ultimately both of these plot lines.I only mention this because when this book first went into that sci fi direction, it threw me for a loop Nedda and her friend Denny have an exceptional morning as many kids in my generation did watching the Challenge disaster on TV at school Being that this is a story about a girl who ultimately becomes an astronaut who adorable muses to herself as a child, it was stupid to send grown men into space when a girl would be a better fit , it feels like this desire to go to outer space will be the main narrative thrust of the plot However, after the crash the kids encounter a small monkey that s captured in a kind of space time bubble and things get decidedly weird very fast If you re down with that sort of thing, then buckle upyou re in for a fascinating ride If however, you were expecting of a family dra...

  10. chan says:

    5 5 starsContent includes depictions of child death, depression, family violence, psoriatic arthritis and vision loss

    This book is dedicated to the Hubble Space Telescope, which opened the universe to me It is also dedicated to the teachers who did not believe a fifth grade girl could speak knowledgeably about the Hubble Space Telescope You remain embarrassingly wrong.

    I feel the need to start my review by thanking Carla Carla s Book Bits , since it was her review that made me request this book from NetGalley as well immediately I was never gladder to add another book to my already stressfully big pile of unread eARCs, because long story short, Light from Other Stars is one of my new favourite books and one I will keep thinking about for a while The story follows Nedda Papas In the first timeline she s a space obsessed eleven years old, living in a Space Coast town Florida, USA who can t wait to grow up to become an astronaut herself In the second timeline, decades later, she achieved her long held dream, living and working aboard a space shuttle with three crewmates Their mission is to colonize another planet by the end of the decade, because earth is increasingly uninhabitable.When the crew faces a seri...

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