A man and a woman revisit memories of their love affair on a utopian Earth while they are trapped in the vast void of space with only ninety minutes of oxygen left.
After the catastrophic destruction of the Middle East and the United States, Europe has become a utopia and, every three years, the European population must rotate into different multicultural communities, living as individuals responsible for their own actions. While living in this paradise, Max meets Carys and immediately feels a spark of attraction. He quickly realizes, however, that Carys is someone he might want to stay with long-term, which is impossible in this new world.
As their relationship plays out, the connections between their time on Earth and their present dilemma in space become clear. When their air ticks dangerously low, one is offered the chance of salvation—but who will take it? An original and daring exploration of the impact of first love and how the choices we make can change the fate of everyone around us, this is an unforgettable read.~Goodreads Blurb
Straight into this book, and I have to say that I was expecting more sci-fi than romance from this book. I'm not sorry at all that I kept reading though as I need to be open to more books. If you enjoy your sci-fi with minimum romance, than this book might not be the best bet for you. I would encourage you to give it at least a try though as I was pleasantly surprised at the sheer world building work put into this romance. If you are willing to read outside your comfort genres though, I would send this your way. Author Katie Khan has definitely done her homework on this world building. She has created an Utopian world that has a not so great restriction on love amongst its younger members. This is the real problem for our young protagonists. Well, that and the fact that they are running out of air.
I really enjoyed the way that even with this Utopian society, not everything was perfect. Let’s be honest human beings are a mess and even in literature things don’t always go the way we want them to. I was with Khan right up until the last part of the story. I understand why she went the path she chose but as a reader I feel like I’ve been cheated of something though it’s difficult to say just what. The sci-fi parts were well thought out and her world building deserves at least a prequel to let her fully describe her world and how it all came to be. The romance works in ways I didn’t think it would and I’m happy that I took the time to finish it before posting a review.
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