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She is the clone of a famed space explorer, but Mariska Volochkova rejects her mother and her heritage and wants no part of interstellar adventure. Although she is genetically engineered to hibernate through the interminable decades of space travel, Mariska's home is a habitat on the moon, and there she intends to stay.
But the sweep of interplanetary politics and an affair with a Martian catches Mariska up in a conspiracy to commit a bold theft that will alter the future of space colonization. Mariska must put her life on the line again and again if she is to discover who she is and what her true destiny must be.
In his first new novel in more than 20 years, Hugo, Nebula, and Locus Award winner James Patrick Kelly has crafted a hard science techno-thriller that never loses its focus on the conflicted emotional life of Mariska, a true citizen of the posthuman 22nd century.
©2017 James Patrick Kelly (P)2017 Audible, Inc.
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Critic Reviews

"The novel is notable for the economy and clarity of its prose and for the assuredness with which it treats and critiques some familiar SF conventions....what sets Mother Go apart is Mariska herself, not always sympathetic but continually compelling, as she tries to find a way to inhabit the worlds she inherits." (Locus)
"A wonderfully exuberant space opera....January LaVoy... imparts Mariska with a level of dynamism, urgency, and emotion.... a well-rounded and fun trip that harkens back to the optimistic era of golden-age sci-fi." (The Verge)
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By Daniel on 08-27-17

Teen love drama

I really wanted to like this, but it primarily focuses on a young girl's obstinate rejection of familial love due to feelings of abandonment, her wishy-washy sense of ambition and purpose, and on her need to have a boyfriend.

I'm sure these issues will resolve at some point, but I'm more than halfway through and have lost patience with it.

Performance is decent, if there are a few intentional quirks that can either be a benefit to the narration or an annoyance, depending on how you're enjoying the story. An echo reverb for effect and a strange speech impediment for Martians were the latter for me, but probably a big element of that is my disappointment in the story and character development.

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By Amazon Customer on 09-16-17

Hard Science Fiction with Heart!

Here is a heartfelt coming-of-age story about a teenage girl navigating relationships; complicated would-be boyfriends, her payroll father, and her distant "mother" (who she happens to be a clone of). It's a wonderful journey of finding both independence and loyalty among a pretty thrilling conspiracy. Kelly's technologies (including sharing-brain-feeds, deep space travel, print-anything-on-demand) were fully realized, believable, and never got in the way of the story. Not to mention the ending... agh! Highly recommended.

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By brian on 12-05-17

not what I was expecting but pleasantly surprised

like many audible titles there's not much to go on with the sample track it only took about 5 minutes into the story to realise it's actually a teen girls coming of age story ( set in space ) will all the Romance Love Lost and relationship building one might expect. As a 27 year old male this isn't exactly my forte with that said I still found myself pulled into this world the author has wrote a very imaginative but well constructed story with characters you want to route for. the narration was performed beautifully you can hear she put a lot of herself into reading this story overall it's definitely worth the buy

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