The Smallest Lights in the Universe by Sara Seager ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Thanks to NetGalley and the Publisher for an e-ARC of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.

I review this book in my August 28th, 2020 Friday Reads video

Dr. Sara Seager is a big name in Planetary Science. I am a graduate student studying planetary surfaces which is a bit detached from her exoplanet work, but I have spent some time studying and teaching astrobiology, and her name is a big one in the field. That was why I was initially drawn to this book. I was not sure what to expect as scientists aren’t always the best writers, but I am happy to say this was a fantastic book.

This book is a book about mourning. She opens it up with how she found a group for widowers then she takes a step back to her early stages of her career from her broken home (divorce) to her fathers death and her meeting and eventually losing her husband.

This book was touching from a personal perspective and fascinating from a scientists perspective. We can all relate to her struggle to cope with loss and her fight to succeed. However, I was a particularly interested in her journey to where she is now.

This wasn’t a science book, but science is an integral part of her life. We see it mixed in throughout the narrative in a interesting way that was never too distracting or overwhelming.

Overall, I loved it. 5/5

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