The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet meets The 100 in this unforgettable debut by a brilliant new voice.
A century ago, scientists theorised that a habitable planet existed in a nearby solar system. Today, ten astronauts will leave a dying Earth to find it. Four are decorated veterans of the 20th century’s space-race. And six are teenagers, graduates of the exclusive Dalton Academy, who’ve been in training for this mission for most of their lives.
It will take the team 23 years to reach Terra-Two. Twenty-three years spent in close quarters. Twenty-three years with no one to rely on but each other. Twenty-three years with no rescue possible, should something go wrong. And something always goes wrong.
I received this book via Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.
I thought this was such a great concept! I really liked the idea of the UK leading this space race, and how it came about – plus the wrapping of the religious side throughout was very cleverly done. I sort of wanted it to be real lol. For us to still be clamouring to develop out into the universe, to come up with new technologies, encourage new ways of thinking, all to allow us to do that.
I found it really interesting how much the trip changed the characters too – ones I didn’t like at the beginning really grew on me because of it (Harry and Jesse) and ones I liked turned into ones I loved. I particularly liked Juno’s arc – her thoughts on the future and how best to be fair.
I found Poppy’s arc quite difficult – I love that it dealt with mental health, but it seemed so sudden in development and in clearing up. I know some of that is done in the time jumps, but I would have liked to see more on that, and with the doctor.
The time jumps and POV changes were hard for me, but I think that was the poor formatting of the galley, sadly. I’d be very interested to read this in final copy, as I think it would be easier when properly formatted.
All in all, I really loved this story of setting out into space, and hoping for a new future for the human race. I am not sure if there will be a follow up, but I’d love to read it if there is.
Buy Do You Dream of Terra-Two from Amazon UK.