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But when the book comes out I'll be checking for that textspeak because it is obnoxious.
Onto the actual book!
This is told from the perspective of Leo, one of three teens born on a space station, in the not so distant future where 'the company' has taken over NASA and all other space programs. Leo's character growth is phenomenal, and watching him go from an intelligent, if naive, teen to a conspiracy cracker, was beautiful. His story was one of 'what it means to be human', which brings up wonderful discussion points.
The other teens were a bit bland, and never really had growth despite going through the same struggles, although some of the side characters were well written.
The plot was certainly intriguing-2 astronauts give birth in space (and before you say they would've sent those astronauts home, know that there's a reason for this) and those kids grow up in space, and are deemed strong enough to return to earth on their 16th birthdays. The consequences of them returning are well explored. They have almost no bone denisty to speak of, so they're very fragile, and the kids never realized how blue the sky really is down here. The effects of gravity are well noted, as is the taste of bacon. Everything you'd never think about living in space, most things we take for granted down here, Lake notes in fascinating detail.
Some of the plot devices were a bit lazy for me; things just worked out too perfectly because of happenstance. The ending was a bit too well wrapped up and juvenile, but I won't spoil it for anybody else.
On the whole, this book felt like an excuse to explore the consequences of human fascination with space travel-I mean, how often do those sci fi's mention that gravity is constantly pulling us down? And how much of a drag it is? The way certain sayings are taken for granted here, but to somebody who's only ever known space, they wouldn't understand. The discussion points this book provides are fantastic, and my husband and I discussed them for hours on end. Yet the plot was not the best, nor were the characters, so I am dropping a star.
Aside from lacking in the size of the letters and shortened style of spelling some words, the story is about three teenagers who were born on the space station, and now they are coming of age they are to be returned to the Earth surface. The story is set in a not very distant future, but people managed to screw up the ecology and trying to explore possibility of escaping from Earth to another place, so they want to study what being growing up in space did to people.
Also, for some reason the author insisted on describing every man in the book as wearing make up detailed with color. It did strike me as odd, since women in the story did not get this kind of attention, unless I missed it.
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