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Callisto 2.0 by Susan English

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She had to travel beyond the planet to discover her true self. Will she find the courage to walk through the doorway to a new future? Shambhala Space Station, 2097. Shy physicist Callisto never accepted conventional wisdom. So when she’s recruited to work on faster-than-light technology by a beautiful and mysterious older woman, she eagerly accepts the career opportunity at the women-only research station orbiting Earth’s moon. But her enthusiasm suffers when her first discovery is unexpected heartbreak.

Throwing herself into work on a problematic warp drive prototype, Calli blossoms in the utopian female community that shows her love and acceptance for the first time in her life. But when a diabolical conspiracy, a disingenuous affair, and a disastrous betrayal test her place in this unique environment, the brilliant scientist must dig deep to find her moment of truth.

Will Calli embrace her destiny in an unexplored cosmos?

Callisto 2.0 is the transformative first book in the Shambhala Saga feminist science fiction series. If you like compassionate and empathetic characters, deep-space intrigue, and hopeful visions of the future, then you’ll adore Susan English’s cosmic adventure.

4 out of 5 (very good)

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Callisto 2.0 isn't my usual type of book but I was intrigued. How could I not be? Especially with a gentle thread of Greek mythology weaving through...

Space, science and female empowerment... probably not three things that you would automatically put together but it works really well. An interesting, thought provoking book that breaks through stereotypes. 

Our main character, Callisto, is intelligent if somewhat naïve where people and their agendas are concerned. But I love how on the whole she is fairly self-aware and comfortable with who she is. 

I'm keeping my fingers crossed that this will at least have a second book if not a complete series. It would be great to see where the author would take us if we follow Callisto on the next stage of her life/journey.

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* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and the comments here are my honest opinion. *

Susan English is a born adventurer, a world traveler with an insatiable intellectual curiosity. She holds a master’s degree in physics, was a Peace Corps volunteer in Namibia, and lived for five years on the Big Island of Hawaii, where she owned an off-grid, completely self-sufficient farm in the jungle. Now, she is blessed to be living in Medellin, Colombia with her partner Ximena, whose heart is overflowing with light, love, and laughter.

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