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Skye Object 3270a Paperback – February 12, 2011
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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.Read more ›
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.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I am far from the target demographic, but I quite enjoyed "Skye Object 3270a" nonetheless. This short novel is a mixture of the young-adult and science fiction genres. Read morePublished on September 26, 2013 by Clyde M. Wisham Jr.
I need to know what is next. Beautiful plot. Lovely characters. Fleshed out fully. I will be looking for more from this writer.Published on March 28, 2012 by Meggy in AZ
Skye Object 3270a,named for the designation of the life boat she was found in, and her friends discover a secret that can threaten everyone they know. Read morePublished on November 14, 2011 by Jill from Pgh