Mother Go

  • by James Patrick Kelly
  • Narrated by January LaVoy
  • 9 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.

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What the Critics Say

"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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Fantastic read!

What made the experience of listening to Mother Go the most enjoyable?

If you like complicated parental relationships, plans with limited survival odds, extreme body modification, life on the moon and on mars, and strong female characters, then this is the book for you.


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- Maura Kelly

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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- Daniel

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-11-2017
  • Publisher: Audible Studios