The Necessity of Stars by E. Catherine Tobler

This was a quick and interesting read. In a world ravaged by climate change, we follow a U.N. worker who is an older woman with a failing mind. Her inability to remember things is a constant throughout the story. As well as the fact that people tend to disregard women once they’re older.

The ideas of where our use comes from and, in my opinion, how useful we are once we age, especially based on our gender, are the points explored.

It’s not long so there’s not a lot of room for really deep exploration of those ideas, especially when we get into the meat of the story. The ending was okay, a little rushed because it’s a short read but, it wasn’t set up as well as it could be.

I didn’t need another twenty pages, just another sentence added in before we got to the end to really tie it in.

The characters were ok.

Doesn’t make waves but a decent enough read to kill an hour or so.

Of course there’s no real diversity. There’s some queerness in the characters’ relationship which I appreciate but it’s not enough. Everyone is the same race.

And I’m tired of that.

If an author can write a world and come up with a story, they can make it diverse. And if they can’t that’s a weakness on them.

I received this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Two (2) stars.


Author. Reader. Reviewer. Interested in Sci-fi, Fantasy, and everything in between. Ya, and Adult. Looking for representaion where it matters! BIPOC, LGBTQ+, disabled, everything! We all deserve stories!

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