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I practically devoured the ebook on my Kindle . . . Even with fantastical elements . . . Nagata still touches on themes of humanity, community and family in a very real sense.  But, that's what good sci-fi is supposed to do.


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About the Author

Linda Nagata is a Hawaii-based American author of novels, novellas, and short stories. She has been awarded the Nebula Award, and "The Red: First Light" was a 2013 finalist for Best Novel for both the Nebula and John Campbell awards.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 234 pages
  • Publisher: Mythic Island Press LLC (February 12, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0983110077
  • ISBN-13: 978-0983110071
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,674,234 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Randy Stafford VINE VOICE on November 14, 2011
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In this young adult novel, fourteen year old heroine Skye Object 3270a (the awkward moniker refers to the astronomical designation given to the drifting lifeboat she was discovered in) is found to have "puzzle pieces" in her blood, building blocks for a plague that could wipe out Silk, her home in space.

While Skye's blood contains a potentially lethal infection, Nagata's story has spliced, into the usual literary base pairs of the juvenile, aka young adult, sf story, a more benign packet of information: a collection of memes designed to rewrite the tastes of young readers.

I refer to the usual formulaic elements of the young adult story. There is the group of teens, sometimes cunning and sometimes rather clueless in the operation of the physical and social worlds: Skye, orphan and wild girl who has spent a lot of time under the surveillance of cute companion/robot/pet/city- designated overseer Ord and who lives with the city's oldest citizen; her friend Zia, slightly older than Skye with parents who grow the octopoid lydras, creatures genetically engineered for construction work in the hard vacuum in space; the boisterous Buyu, would-be planetary explorer and victim of unrequited interest in Skye; Devi, a sixteen year old suffering from an overprotective mother who has cloned him from a brother dead far in the past. It will come as no surprise that young romance crops up between Devi and Skye. Adults are, of course, rather clueless to the threat to Silk.

You will note, I didn't say these are clichés. I am not a fan of the young adult stories or, generally, stories with young protagonists, but I liked this story. I found the teen characters realistic and not annoyingly plucky or unrealistically competent.
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It combined the best of both science fiction and young adult: likeable teenage characters struggling to find their place in a high-tech alien world. In particular, I found it fascinating how the widespread nanotech shaped both the society and the universe.

But the story isn't about the technology, it's about the characters, their adventures, and the friendships that form between them. This was what really made the story come alive for me. There's a small amount of wish fulfillment, which may or may not be your thing, but overall I found the characters to be both believable and likeable. It was a lot of fun to watch them grow and learn together.

At times, though, it felt as if the characters weren't challenged enough. The friendship and relationship issues were well done, but it wasn't until the end that they started to have any significant try-fail (or try-almost fail) cycles in their adventures. Also, while the ending was quite satisfying, it was also a little abrupt.

Those didn't detract much from the rest of the story, though. Overall, I thought it was a very satisfying read-the sort of book I wish I'd found when I was twelve or thirteen. If I wasn't already hooked on science fiction by that age, I have the feeling that this book would have turned me into a lifelong fan.
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What's this, a young adult sci-fi novel that doesn't have a post-apocalyptic setting, an oppressive government, a melodramatic but chaste love triangle, a society re-structured on some bizarre and arbitrary thing like personality type, and is not written in first person present tense? You mean it actually does what science fiction does best, imagine fascinating new worlds based on realistic projections of actual science and technologies?

Sarcasm aside, this is a fun adventure story about a girl who seeks answers to her mysterious origin, and saves a few million people on the way. While the characterization and story are not as complex as the best examples of YA speculative fiction, its setting is unique and well-imagined, and satisfying in the end. I loved the harrowing stow-away plan (shiver!)

And please don't judge the book by its cover. Yikes.
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This is a book that I got from LibraryThing some months ago to review, but it sat on my desktop for months before I remembered to move it onto the Kindle, and then it sat there a while longer before I actually read it. I'm sorry I didn't get to it sooner.

This is a nice little YA novel, set in a world where humans have gotten fairly good at using nanotech but not so good that Clarke's Law seems to have taken over, as in Charles Stross' regrettable Glasshouse. Our heroine is a castaway, the apparent sole survivor of a colony ship's contact with the berserker-like Chinzeme, and as the book opens she's fourteen and ready to make a big jump. Literally. From there, things get interesting and don't stop until the end. In contrast to the Hive kids in John Barnes' Jak Jinnaka novels, Skye and her friends have an adolescent innocence about them, which is a nice change of pace, and when the novel comes to an end, you're left wishing there was more to it, or maybe a sequel in the works. Hats off to Linda Nagata for doing a nice job telling the story of a nice young lady who starts her life in the middle of an adventure and looks to be having more in the near future. I particularly liked that the book is tightly written, without a lot of time being spent describing the orbital colony Skye calls home, the planetary base at the other end of the beanstalk, or any of the other potentially distracting things in the background of our heroine's adventures. We get a little background for her friends, and none of it is wasted because everything that's mentioned comes back later and is put to use. I liked it a lot, and I think your teenaged kids might, too.
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