Book Review: A Spider Sat Beside Her by K. E. Lanning

A Spider Sat Beside Her by K.E. Lanning

A Spider Sat Beside Her
by K.E. Lanning

I received this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Synopsis: Lowry Walker takes a graduate position on the new International Space Station. Her project involves gathering Landsat data over Antarctica. One day, while working on her project, the ISS becomes the target of a terrorist attack… and Lowry is the only witness. Unfortunately for Lowry, she is drawn into a political nightmare with the corrupt government of Amerada (the merged USA and Canada).

I was really excited to read this book. I love a good thriller, and my background is in environmental science (bonus, I used Landsat data in my master’s thesis). So, it sounded like something right up my alley. Sadly, I did not love this novel.

I liked Lowry, but she seemed more naive than she should have been based on her past. She made some decisions that didn’t seem likely from a strong, smart woman. Maybe it was supposed to show she had weaknesses, especially since she’s coming off a recent divorce.

I was interested in the science, but that wasn’t really a main point in the book. I was a little confused on what happened with the melting ice caps and population migration. The political climate of Amerada seemed toxic, but it also wasn’t explained very well.

I did enjoy some parts of the novel, but I had a hard time getting into this one. It took me much longer to finish than books normally take me. Partly because I haven’t been reading as much lately, but also because it didn’t hold my interest. Maybe too much was going on, or character development was poor, but by the end of the book I was confused and thinking I must have missed something.

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