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What Goes Up Hardcover – July 18, 2017
This month's Book With Buzz: "The Lying Game" by Ruth Ware
From the instant New York Times bestselling author of blockbuster thrillers "In a Dark, Dark Wood" and "The Woman in Cabin 10" comes Ruth Ware’s chilling new novel, "The Lying Game." See more
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"Katie Kennedy has invented a young cast so sympathetic and disarmingly funny that even science-indifferent readers will resolve to understand the laws of physics . . . What Goes Up isn't so much about what's out there as about what's down here: the miracle of unlikely friendships, the mixed blessing of privilege and the stigma of social class." - starred review, Shelf Awareness
"A good choice for science fiction readers who . . . enjoy humor, adventure, and realistic characters." - VOYA
"It’s a complex plot and a great one; the concepts feel fresh, the humor and fear factors are perfectly balanced, and there are plenty of nifty sci-fi elements for genre buffs . . . a worthy second outing." - BCCB
"Kennedy again shows a knack for portraying real teens dealing with extraordinary circumstances. . . . Smart science, plenty of action, and no small amount of snarky banter round out an exciting and poignant read." - Publishers Weekly
"Kennedy has a confident hand in her sophomore novel, particularly when deploying the complicated quantum physics and rocket science that infuse her snappy plot. Along with light cliff-hangers, a geeky atmosphere, and quip-heavy dialogue, her well-defined characters and a sprinkle of romance keep the story’s feet on the ground. Fans of smart, funny sci-fi should get their hands on this one." - Booklist
"Competitive, sweet, and downright hilarious . . . Likable characters and laugh-out-loud dialogue will make this a winning choice for reluctant readers and science-fiction fans alike." - Kirkus Reviews
"A refreshingly down-to-earth interplanetary adventure . . . Kennedy offers an excellent blend of believable teenage angst and well-explained physics and astronomy conundrums. The pace is blistering and will keep readers quickly turning pages." - School Library Journal
"A funny, introspective story featuring a diverse cast of likable and relatable characters." - School Library Connection
"At turns sweet, funny, moving, and suspenseful, this is a book to devour. I fell in love with the endearing, maladjusted genius Yuri, and held my breath--fault of the all-too-real and terrifying threat steadily mounting throughout the story. A fantastic read!" - S. J. Kincaid, author of the Insignia trilogy and THE DIABOLIC on LEARNING TO SWEAR IN AMERICA
"The science Kennedy weaves throughout the story is fascinating and accessible, and Yuri and Dovie’s gentle romance is pitch-perfect. This novel is made to savor--readers will want to catch every nuance of Kennedy’s multidimensional characters." - starred review, Publishers Weekly on LEARNING TO SWEAR IN AMERICA
"The balance of wit, romance, danger, and one huge philosophical and ethical dilemma is brilliantly managed here. . . . A nail-biting climax with a cinematic aftermath and an even more nail-biting resolution round out this thoroughly entertaining sci-fi disaster, romance, action/adventure mashup." - starred review, BCCB on LEARNING TO SWEAR IN AMERICA
"Katie Kennedy is an author to put on your watch-for-and-read list!" - USA Today on LEARNING TO SWEAR IN AMERICA
"An end-of-the-world romp that will prompt readers to think and to laugh." - Kirkus Reviews on LEARNING TO SWEAR IN AMERICA
"An entertaining, genre-bending mix of quirky romance and realistic sci-fi, with some thought-provoking questions about adulthood thrown in for good measure." - Booklist on LEARNING TO SWEAR IN AMERICA
"Will appeal to many types of readers. Its NASA setting and sarcastic lead echo The Martian, while its quirky, whip-smart characters and sweet romance will capture Green and Rowell fans. . . . Recommended for all collections." - VOYA on LEARNING TO SWEAR IN AMERICA
"Katie Kennedy writes with incision, fire, and euphoria. Savor this one." - Christian Science Monitor on LEARNING TO SWEAR IN AMERICA
About the Author
Katie Kennedy is the author of Learning to Swear in America and a college history instructor. She has a son in high school, and a daughter in college. She lives in Iowa--where the Interworlds Agency might be--and has a cornfield in her backyard. She hopes Rosa and Eddie land in it someday.
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This is fun fast read for young adults or older readers.
"For everything that went up, something had to come down. Eddie just didn't know why the thing that went down was always him."
This was the first book I've read by Katie Kennedy and I'm glad to say that I consumed it like there was no tomorrow. I even debated whether sleep and work were important enough to make myself stop reading. I admit, I was extremely nervous before diving into this book. For one, I am not one that is interested in anything related to space and these characters already sounded super smart which left me intimidated.
We follow Rosa and Eddie as they apply to a secret NASA program named Interworlds Agency in the middle of Iowa. This is a world where humanity has been able to confirm intelligent life in other worlds and are looking for a way to communicate with them; Rosa and Eddie are trained to be among the teams that help that procedure along.
This book is told in the third person but the chapters rotate between Rosa and Eddie's POV. They never ceased to amaze me with how unbelievably smart they were.
My heart went out to Eddie, time and time again. His backstory was one of the most tragic in this story and it sparked a massive feeling of over protectiveness in me. I wanted to chase all of his pain away so only happiness remained in his eyes. I was deeply invested in this character development the most.
Like I said, I never cared for space but these characters made me WANT to be into it just because they were. I cared about them so much that I was basically interested in whatever they were interested in. They felt incredibly real to me and I couldn't help but experience their emotions as my own.
The only reason why this isn't a full 5 star review, was because I felt like the stakes weren't as high as I'd expect for a novel that dealt with other worlds. I get that there's so much you can do with YA but I still would've loved to have seen the characters go through worse situations. On the other hand, my expectations didn't impact my reading experience whatsoever and for that, it almost gets the 5 stars.
This story was the perfect blend of humor, heartbreak, and adventure. I cried with joy and I cried with sorrow and then pride. The ending was even more emotional and it left me a crying and blubbering mess. It was interesting right from the start and I loved that the pace picked up right away. I can't wait to read more by Katie and hopefully revisit these spectacular characters in the future.
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