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Losers in Space Hardcover – April 12, 2012
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Top Customer Reviews
This is a superbly done bildungsroman that does not shy away from serious political questions that are deep in the territory of adventure, nor does it avoid some of the serious questions about what growing up quickly is like or what being forced to be competent or self-reliant are like. All of this is reminiscent of a Heinleinian YA novel, but these are not Heinlein's "competent men" but slackers forced to rise to their level of competence by forces they cannot control. Barnes's argument is the very unheinleinian one that we are social beings who are capable of responding as social beings to disaster, and becoming better for it and from it.
As the young protagonists (and their unexpected companion, Fwuffy, a nicely done plot twist) develop into mature beings before our eyes we learn a great deal about them and their society. We're also given a plausible set of suggestions about human-based space exploration in the next couple of centuries. Altogether, a well-told tale, with Barnes's usual attempts to hint at future slang.Read more ›
Then the characters where introduced. Narrator Susan once wanted to be a scientist, until she realized that fame is the most important thing. Now that's true in the LOSERS IN SPACE world, where a YouTube-like version of reality TV is the easiest avenue of work in a world where most work is valued at nothing. If you want any power over your life, you need to have a salable story. But, true though it might be, I don't want to read about a smart girl who dumbs herself down to be a celebutante. And all her friends seemed to deserve their title as losers.
John Barnes, I apologize for doubting you. I absolutely love this book and regret that I wasted time that I could have used reading it. Please know that I only ever doubted you because I love your work.
Novels like LOSERS IN SPACE don't come around that often. It exemplifies the great possibilities that lie within the young adult genre. At it's heart, LOSERS IN SPACE is driven by the characters. The losers decide to stowaway aboard a ship to Mars in order to gain fame. When things go catastrophically wrong, they must somehow survive alone in space for months. Some of the losers rise to the occasion. Some rise and fall.Read more ›
Losers in Space has a pretty tight plot. You won't be constantly shaking your head at plot holes (yes, I'm looking at you Ms. Rowling). The characters are engaging. The set up works. The pace is steady and flows. The SciFi is interesting and at the same time doesn't get in the way of the story. Probably the best aspect of this book, however, are the insights into human nature and society. Well done.
He writes really cool stuff. And I can see why he likes this book so much.
*** SPOLER ALERT ***
I a bit ashamed to admit I got choked up at the end when they were unexpectedly rescued. I felt sappy like watch the end of a chick flick and tearing up even when you can see the ending coming from 10 minutes into the movie. While the resucre did not surprise, the timing and manner did and Barnes played the heart strings on it really well.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This has been the first "hard SF" book I've read, and I loved it! I appreciated the way the author breaks out the real technical explanations from the story and puts them... Read morePublished on November 10, 2013 by Dan
It's a couple of hundred years in the future and mankind has created a society free from want. Everyone is rich, no one is hungry or without shelter. What's the catch? Read morePublished on November 7, 2013 by Dana Stabenow
Minor details in this review refer to specifics in the book. I do not think they will ruin the read for anyone. Read morePublished on June 16, 2013 by JC
Losers in Space (2013) is a standalone SF novel. It starts more than a century from now in the Oregon/Utah District and concludes over a decade later. Read morePublished on March 16, 2013 by Arthur W Jordin
Losers in Space by John Barnes was terrible. Not only were the facts completely unrealistic (though they claimed to be understandable because it was "in the future", but there are... Read morePublished on October 8, 2012 by AskingAlexandria
Writing reviews for novels that do not receive 3 or more trees is a very difficult task for me. As each novel is carefully crafted by an energy that an author has, willing them to... Read morePublished on September 23, 2012 by A Leisure Moment
Hardcover copy of this book that comes with whatever advertising not to mention the fact that there is an actual object in your hands, namely the book, that costs $11.98. Read morePublished on June 23, 2012 by Richard P. Darby
I expected more exploration of this world. Instead it's a pretty straight forward adventure tale. Barnes is my favorite author but there wasn't enough character arc for me to get... Read morePublished on June 15, 2012 by Adam Dever
Loved the title.
Loved the story.
Loved the characters.
Loved the interaction that the author has with the readers. Read more