A teenage boy born in space makes his first trip to Earth in this engrossing sci-fi adventure for fans of The Martian from award-winning author Nick Lake.
He’s going to a place he’s never been before: home.
Moon 2 is a space station that orbits approximately 250 miles above Earth. It travels 17,500 miles an hour, making one full orbit every ninety minutes. It’s also the only home that fifteen-year-old Leo and two other teens have ever known.
Born and raised on Moon 2, Leo and the twins, Orion and Libra, are finally old enough and strong enough to endure the dangerous trip to Earth. They’ve been “parented” by teams of astronauts since birth and have run countless drills to ready themselves for every conceivable difficulty they might face on the flight.
But has anything really prepared them for life on terra firma? Because while the planet may be home to billions of people, living there is more treacherous than Leo and his friends could ever have imagined, and their very survival will mean defying impossible odds.
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Leo was raised on the space station Moon 2, which orbits the Earth; his nearly 16 years up there have revolved around his eventual return to terra firma and establishment of a life with his Earth-bound family. But as these plans go awry, Leo learns uncomfortable truths about himself and his reasons for existence. Nick Lake’s clever first-person narration—which endows Leo’s late-21st-century textspeak with luminous descriptions and palpable aching—drew us right into this gripping, heartrending novel about feeling apart from the world and searching for a place to call home.
Leo lives aboard Moon 2, a space station orbiting Earth, with his lifelong friends, twins Libra and Orion. All three teenagers were born in space and raised by astronauts. Now as the three turn 16, doctors believe that they are strong enough to move from their zero gravity existence to Earth, and all are eager to see the home they've never been to. The story is told entirely through Leo's perspective, and it's clear that he is missing some information Lake (Whisper to Me) drop hints about a conspiracy and public protests, and Leo's mother is standoffish and withholding. The mystery keeps the pages turning, but it's a drawn-out unspooling of information. It doesn't help that Leo narrates in something like text-speak: u for you, dr.ate for doctorate, and an aversion to capital letters that marks him as different from the very first page but that may test readers' patience. But for those who embrace it, Lake's novel raises many difficult moral questions to consider. Ages 12 up.
so far so good
i didn’t realize that this is a young adult book as ibooks has it classified as Scifi. It’s a pretty good read though if you’re into internet speak. most, if not all, of the sentences are not punctuated with periods or capital letters. lots of c u later and i instead of I etc. so if u like stuff like that then u'll be gud.
Once you get past the texting language, you get enveloped in the book. It gets hard to stop reading and then you become obsessed with it, waiting to see what happens next. You become part of the story, and then when you finish it, you just start rereading it over and over. I love it and I’m working on round 4.