Worlds Fantastic, Worlds Familiar by Bonnie J. Buratti

Many thanks go to NetGalley and the publisher for granting me access to this book in exchange for an honest review.

I've always had a passing interest in the field of Astrophysics, regularly looking out for big news items like the discovery of evidence pointing to running water on Mars and the more recent haul of exoplanets around the dwarf star TRAPPIST-1. Getting the chance to read a book about how humankind has observed planets and moons in the past and present, as well as a look to the future, was a really exciting prospect for me.

And this popular science book is very informative, it describes a lot about the discoveries of features on the planets and moons, as well as going into a bit of detail as to why Pluto isn't a planet. It was a really fascinating read and was certainly not a complicated read. There is only one mathematical equation, near the end, which Buratti helps break down so it is more understandable.

On a negative note, she comes across as being slightly obsessed with herself, especially the repeated fact that Carl Sagan, the great physicist, was her mentor. Why it was necessary to tell the reader in almost every chapter is beyond my comprehension. Also, mostly in the beginning, and a little later one, she does keep referencing the point that she is a female scientist, as if it's so hard to believe. I understand that the sciences have been portrayed a lot as a male dominated area, and maybe it was hard for her at first to break through, but it only needed a little mention.

That said, it takes nothing away from what is a truly fascinating and engaging read which I would recommend to you if you have any interest in our solar system and beyond!

Star rating: 4/5
This book is due to be published on 27th March 2017