Book Highlight: Nostalgia is Heartless by Sarah Lahey

Title: Nostalgia is Heartless (The Heartless Series #2)

Author: Sarah Lahey

Publisher: She Writes Press

Publication Date: October 26, 2021

Genre: Science Fiction

Earth, 2050. Pregnant, unemployed, and living back home with her father, climate scientist Quinn Buyers wonders how she got to this point in her life. Her famous scientist mother is mysteriously missing, the planet is at risk from a massive solar storm, the Transhumans want to take a colony to Titan, and her assisted living companion, a robotic meerkat, is showing clear signs of anxiety and depression. But her biggest challenge is her partner. How can she reconcile her long-distance relationship with this reserved, enigmatic cyborg?

The sequel to Sarah Lahey’s debut novel and the second book in the Heartless Series, Nostalgia is Heartless delves into the world of near future, exploring a society on the brink of climate catastrophe. This time, Quinn’s adventures take her across the globe to Antarctica . . . where it rains all day, every day. Readers will delight in following Quinn’s journey as she races to save her family, her planet, and—hopefully—her love life.

Why This Book

Nostalgia is Heartless proved somewhat difficult for me to get into since I hadn’t read the first book, but I was completely drawn to it because the main character, Quinn, happens to be pregnant for almost the entire book. It details her tireless work to save her planet and her family, with the use of a bit of time travel, while growing a child and eventually giving birth to it. Having had two children of my own, I really had to hand it to Quinn for being able to go through everything she did and still come out the other end as a new mother who would do anything to protect her child. Even though the child isn’t really much of a character, I’m just in awe of Quinn as a mother-to-be.


My review: “I really enjoyed the ending when it came to her journey into motherhood. Even though it potentially could have been left out or shortened, I loved how it was realistic and really showed Quinn to be human. It was fun to read how her pregnancy impacted the actual journey she and her family and friends had to take to make the time travel to work”

Utopia State of Mind said “Part of what gives my reading that can’t-put-it-down feeling is this pull to the characters. Throughout Nostalgia is Heartless the main pull I felt was towards the action – which kept surprising me – and the world building intrigue

Karissa Reads Books said “There’s a lot going on in Nostalgia is Heartless; a lot of characters and a lot of plot lines and I did feel a bit bogged down in the middle”

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