- Paperback: 368 pages
- Publisher: Entangled: Teen (November 6, 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 164063424X
- ISBN-13: 978-1640634244
- Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.9 x 7.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 15 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #178,222 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Lydia Kang is an author of young adult fiction, poetry, and narrative non-fiction. She is a practicing physician who has gained a reputation for helping fellow writers achieve medical accuracy in fiction. Her poetry and non-fiction have been published in JAMA, The Annals of Internal Medicine, Canadian Medical Association Journal, Journal of General Internal Medicine, and Great Weather for Media. She believes in science and knocking on wood, and lives in Omaha with her husband and three children.
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Seventeen year old Hana awakens aboard the sentient ship, Cyclo, wondering what happened to her mother. You see Hana has been hidden from the rest of the crew aboard Cyclo her whole life and after a week her mother has not checked in on her. Cyclo informs Hana that the crew and her mother have gone packing up and evacuating the ship.
Fenn has always been a bit of a trouble maker and a huge disappointment to his family. With his sister in desperate need Fenn decided instead of stealing and getting caught again he would earn money and make his family proud by volunteering for a job studying a dying biological ship. The trip for Fenn is one way as he and his crew will not be able to leave Cyclo after it dies but the death benefits to his family would be worth it but the crew never expected to arrive and find a human girl alive on the ship.
Obviously by my rating on this one I completely enjoyed this and found it extremely creative and one intense read. However, I would warn readers that this one is a case of the old insta-love if that were to bother them, along with hints at sexual activity. For myself though I thought the romance was one that I could forgive for being rushed in the situation and the action more than made up for any hesitation I’d had on it. To me the characters were all well developed and the world building quite elaborate but done at a fast enough pace the story never stopped. When finished I’d definitely recommend checking this one out.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
The story takes place on a living space station that is failing. The main character, Hana, has lived her whole life on this ship, and never met anyone other than her mother and the ship. She's a secret since she isn't supposed to exist. The novel opens when she gets up and her mother never shows. She learns the ship has been evacuated and she is now left behind. A research crew sent by the company who engineered/owns the ship has specific objectives to study and figure out where the ship went wrong and why. This research is a one way trip they are well compensated for.
Once on the ship, they encounter Hana and everyone is on a wild adventure of a lifetime.
I loved the advances in science imagined by this book. There are a lot of new and neat concepts I'd like to see more of. They are well fleshed out for what the book actually needed, and was a fun way to see science advance that wasn't super technology/computer based.
“I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own."
Enter Fenn and his crew, who have taken this one-way trip to Cyclo ship to find out why it is dying. Their mission is to collect all the data they can, and literally go down with the ship. In return, their families might get some money (but probably not because clearly this mission is not on the up-and-up). My one qualm with the book is that Hana acclimates to other people a little more quickly than I’d have thought. I expected a bit more awkwardness, a bit more… social inappropriateness, I suppose. But instead, she finds love in a hopeless place (sing it with me!) and at first I was skeptical because it is a little insta-lovey? But I guess it makes sense. She’s never seen a human dude before, and he thinks he’s about to die so… why not, right?
It gets pretty intense as the crew races against time and a dying ship to try to save themselves. But then stuff goes…. off the rails. And that is about all I can say about that. It’s definitely high stakes, I really never felt like either main character was safe- and certainly no one else was. There are lots of secrets to uncover, and mysteries to solve, and I was absolutely invested in both the characters and the story itself.
Bottom Line: Quite an enjoyable ride with sympathetic characters and a really unique sentient ship story. Definitely recommend!