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ARC Book Review: The Trajectory of Dreams by Nicole Wolverton
The Trajectory of Dreams
Author: Nicole Wolverton
Publisher: Bitingduck Press
Release Date: March 1, 2013
Note: I received a review copy of this book free from Nicole Wolverton. The review posted below is based on my personal thoughts while reading the book.
Ratings: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
The Trajectory of Dreams focuses on Lela White, a hard working woman whose main goal in life is to protect all the astronauts while in space. She believes by studying the sleep patterns of astronauts, she is helping NASA to achieve a successful program for all their space missions. When Zory Korchagin, a Russian cosmonaut, sees Lela for the first time, he immediately falls in love with her. Something his grandmother has predicted before going to the U.S. for NASA's space program. I loved Zory. He is nice and very sweet. Oh I love Russian men. I thought Russian men are sexy and very nice to look at. And the accent! Hmm yummy! The author also wrote about Russian beliefs, superstitions and traditions which I thoroughly enjoyed reading.
The Trajectory of Dreams is not your typical psychological thriller book. Lela, the main character is suffering from a mental disorder but she looks normal to the people around her. The plot and Lela's character is definitely intriguing, I was hooked from the beginning until the end of the story. I find it interesting to see how a person with mental illness is able to fool "normal" people and even cover up her crimes.
You can never stop once you start reading. You really have to pay attention or else, you'd be confused as the book has an extremely complicated storyline. Reaching the last 50+ pages, everything is revealed with too many shocking twists, found myself re-reading some parts of the book as I missed something important in the story.
Definitely a 5-star for me. Readers and bloggers, you shouldn't miss this one.
About the book:
For Lela White, a Houston sleep lab technician, sleep doesn’t come easy—there’s a price to be paid for a poor night’s sleep, and she’s the judge, jury, and executioner.
Everyone around Lela considers her a private woman with a passion for her lab work. But nighttime reveals her for what she is: a woman on a critical secret mission. Lela lives in the grip of a mental disorder that compels her to break into astronauts’ homes to ensure they can sleep well and believes that by doing so, she keeps the revitalized U.S. space program safe from fatal accidents. What began at the age of ten when her mother confessed to blowing up the space shuttle has evolved into Lela’s life’s work. She dreads the day when an astronaut doesn’t pass her testing, but she’s prepared to kill for the greater good.
When Zory Korchagin, a Russian cosmonaut on loan to the U.S. shuttle program, finds himself drawn to Lela, he puts her carefully-constructed world at risk of an explosion as surely as he does his own upcoming launch. As Lela’s universe
unravels, no one is safe.
About the author:
Nicole Wolverton is a freelance writer and novelist living in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Her debut novel, The Trajectory of Dreams, will be available in March 2013 from Bitingduck Press.