An NPR favorite book of 2019
Winner of the ALA/YALSA Alex Award
When an Earth-like planet is discovered, a team of six teens, along with three veteran astronauts, embark on a twenty-year trip to set up a planet for human colonization—but find that space is more deadly than they ever could have imagined.
Have you ever hoped you could leave everything behind?
Have you ever dreamt of a better world?
Can a dream sustain a lifetime?
A century ago, an astronomer discovered an Earth-like planet orbiting a nearby star. She predicted that one day humans would travel there to build a utopia. Today, ten astronauts are leaving everything behind to find it. Four are veterans of the twentieth century’s space-race.
And six are teenagers who’ve trained for this mission most of their lives.
It will take the team twenty-three years to reach Terra-Two. Twenty-three years locked in close quarters. Twenty-three years with no one to rely on but each other. Twenty-three years with no rescue possible, should something go wrong.
And something always goes wrong.
If you’re looking for a space opera or Big Questions sci-fi, look elsewhere. This is a novel about human beings drifting in the void and second chances. Went into it expecting a completely different story, but I stayed because of the characters, specially Juno Juma. As someone who understands orbital mechanics and the logistics of space travel, there were more than a few implausible turn of events. If the characters hadn’t been as believable, I would have been more distracted by these jarring instances of illogical space flight. Thankfully, the crew kept me coming back till the end. Hope this is the last we see of these astronauts.