"Master storyteller Hale takes readers to dizzying new heights . . . A can't-miss adventure." --Kiersten White, New York Times bestselling author of And I Darken
In this thrilling sci-fi adventure, New York Times bestselling author Shannon Hale asks the question: How far would you go to save the world?
When Maisie Danger Brown nabbed a spot at a NASA-like summer boot camp, she never expected to uncover a conspiracy that would change her life forever.
And she definitely didn't plan to fall in love.
But now there's no going back--Maisie's the only thing standing between the Earth and annihilation. She must become the hero the world needs. The only problem is: how does a regular girl from Salt Lake City do that, exactly? It's not as though there's a handbook for this sort of thing. It's up to Maisie to come up with a plan--and find the courage to carry it out-before she loses her heart . . . and her life.
Equal parts romance and action-adventure, this explosive story is sure to leave both longtime Shannon Hale fans and avid science fiction readers completely breathless.
For Maisie Danger Brown, who yearns to become an astronaut despite her missing right hand, winning a contest to attend an astronaut boot camp for teens is the opportunity of a lifetime. Things take an extraterrestrial turn when Maisie and her fellow "fireteam" members are infected by alien technology while visiting the Beanstalk space elevator. Now possessed of amazing powers, they work to master their abilities and uncover the origin and purpose of the "tokens" that granted them. Following a tragedy affecting one of their own, Maisie and her friends go from superheroes to soldiers, their team forever splintered as they race to collect the tokens before they come to further misuse. Hale (Princess Academy) delivers an action-packed SF thriller with plenty of surprises and an intriguing premise. It's a solid story, though it suffers from erratic pacing and a few elements that don't quite gel, including a melodramatic love triangle, an overly complicated plot, and quirky details (such as Maisie's father's love of puns) that jar with the harrowing events that unfold. Ages 12 up.