Book Review: Prime Meridian

Prime Meridian by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
Rating: 3 stars
Published: 7/1/18
Genre: Science Fiction
Read: 1/26/17

Summary from Goodreads:
Amelia dreams of Mars. The Mars of the movies and the imagination, an endless bastion of opportunities for a colonist with some guts. But she’s trapped in Mexico City, enduring the drudgery of an unkind metropolis, working as a rent-a-friend, selling her blood to old folks with money who hope to rejuvenate themselves with it, enacting a fractured love story. And yet there’s Mars, at the edge of the silver screen, of life. It awaits her.

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

I started off really, really disliking Amelia. She was so whiny and negative and frankly kind of bitchy about everything. But as I got to know her story, I found myself really empathetic toward her, as I’ve been a similar (though not nearly as bad) situation – she wanted to be a scientist, but had to drop out of college and is now unable to get any permanent job (I’m just having trouble breaking into my field, but I have spent some time unemployed and it sucks so much). I realized that the author actually very well captured the mindset of someone who feels stuck and unable to do much of anything to improve their situation.

Amelia dreams of going to Mars, but has no way to earn the money for it. She works as a rent-a-friend and whatever other gigs she can find. One day, her ex requests she meet him through the rent-a-friend app. Her ex who basically ghosted her when she left school. Understandably, she’s quite angry with him. After their time is up, she vows never to see him again. She does. Quite a few times.

{Sort of spoiler alert, but I’m still trying to be vague}

I absolutely loved the ending of this story. It’s so different from what I see in just about every book, movie, TV show, and even in real life – the girl does not give up her dreams and desires for the sake of the boy. It’s wonderful. I mean, I’m not against love, not at all. I just don’t think it’s fair that women always have to give up what they want for the men they love, or that they’re always portrayed being so driven and career oriented, just to meet a man and suddenly only want to be a wife and mother. That isn’t what every woman wants, and it’s nice to see it happen in media every once in a while.

Have you read Prime Meridian? What did you think? Who are your favorite characters that refuse to stick to the status quo?

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