“…but the mere fact that they were still there on either side of him, speaking bracing words of comfort, not shrinking from him as though he were contaminated or dangerous, was worth more than he could ever tell them.“
‘The Last Time’ is a song that I wrote with Gary Lightbody of Snow Patrol. I’d always wanted to work with Snow Patrol, they’re my favorite band. And this was a song that I wrote about something I had been going through, where you’ve got…I picture, like, a door, you know, and you’ve got on the outside of the door, standing outside in the cold, it’s this guy who’s left his girlfriend over and over again and come back and ask for a second chance, over and over and over again. And on the other side of the door you have this girl standing there, with tears in her eyes, wondering how she could possibly turn him away when she loves him this much, but she can’t get hurt again. And it’s both of these people swearing that this will be the last time. She’s swearing it’s the last time she’s gonna take him back, he swears it’s the last time he’s gonna leave her and hurt her. So it’s a really intense song and I’m so proud to have Gary on the record.
In 2035, a violent storm forces NASA’s Ares III Mission to Mars to be aborted but during the evacuation, Isabelle Lightwood is hit by debris and lost in the storm. The last telemetry from her suit indicates no signs of life. Believing she is dead and in imminent peril themselves, her crew take off to return to their orbiting vessel, Hermes. But Isabelle survived and has just made contact with NASA.
Now the race is on for Alec, one of NASA’s astrodynamicists and Izzy’s brother, to find a way to rescue her. With everything stacked against them, including their own mother (the head of NASA) refusing to authorise a rescue mission, there’s only one company, one person with a rocket that could launch in time - and it’s owned by Magnus Bane.
Can Alec convince him it’s worth the risk? What will he have to give him in return if Izzy is brought home safely? Just how many rules will Alec need to break to bring her home?