Book Review: SPACE by Penny Reid


SPACE, the second book in the all-new Laws of Physics Trilogy from Wall Street Journal and New York Times bestselling author Penny Reid, is available now!


One week.
Private cabin.
Famous physicist.
Still an unrepentant slacker.
What’s the worst that could happen?
Mona’s meticulously planned allotment of relaxation is thrown into chaos by the unscheduled appearance of her older brother’s band of friends, including the one person she'd hoped to never face again. Abram still makes her feel entirely too much, which is one of the reasons she disappeared after their one week together. But now, trapped on a mountain of snow and things unspoken, Mona will have to find a way to coexist with Abram, chaos and all.

Laws of Physics is the second trilogy in the Hypothesis series; Laws of Physics parts 1 (MOTION) & 2 (SPACE) end with a cliffhanger.


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SPACE is book two in Penny Reid’s Law of Physics trilogy.

Sadly, I struggled to connect with this instalment for three core, interconnected reasons.

This book begins within the same timeframe of MOTION (book one) before quickly jumping two and a half years into the future. Mona, and in particular Abram go through some significant life events. The jump in time means we get told plenty but experience little. Yes, the ol’ telling instead of showing chestnut. It left me feeling removed from the characters and their story.

Next, I still don’t feel like I know either of the main characters very well. The huge time jump does not help. I was hoping we would get to know Abram a lot more in this book and we did to some extent, but it’s still very much Mona and her point of view that’s front and centre; the same as it was in MOTION. Further, changes to their character at times left me feeling these were not the same people we met in MOTION.

Thirdly, in my review of MOTION I said I felt the relationship was in its infancy. To read that Mona and Abram fell in love with each other in that book just doesn’t ring true to me. Yes, there was chemistry and attraction and a desire to learn more about one another. But love? Eh. I’m not convinced.

It wasn't all doom and gloom for me. There were several enlightening conversations between Abram and Mona that were fantastic but they were few and far between.

It was great to see Kaitlyn and Martin from the Elements of Chemistry series make an appearance; I loved catching up with them. Mona’s best friend Allyn is a hoot, and she provided some much needed humour throughout the book.

All the physics references once again went over my head but I did learn about snoga pants. Who knew such a thing existed? I want a pair even though I have no need for them. 

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Penny Reid is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today Best Selling Author of the Winston Brothers, Knitting in the City, Rugby, and Hypothesis series. 

She used to spend her days writing federal grant proposals as a biomedical researcher, but now she just writes books. She’s also a full time mom to three diminutive adults, wife, daughter, knitter, crocheter, sewer, general crafter, and thought ninja.


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