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’m in love with this book.
Mere children still when they start their training, Harry, Jesse, Juno, Astrid, Aria Eliot and Poppy have different feelings and reasons for their determination to be part of the beta crew who will spend over two decades in space attempting to colonise a new earth. Revered by the nation, thrown into the spotlight, all of this has an affect on their psyche. Temi Oh is a brilliantly descriptive writer when it comes to characterisation and interaction- you will be absorbed into their world, living and dying with them through every up and down.
As alliances grow and develop, as actions and consequences abound in various ways, as this small gang of pioneer’s go from being classmates among many to only having themselves and each other to rely on, you’ll be hooked, emotional and devouring every page. Do You Dream of Terra-Two is a very human story, in a lot of ways the fact that it is set in space is almost a secondary concern.
What it does is give the author a unique set of challenges and moral dilemma’s to throw at her group dynamic and within that explore every aspect of humanity and personality.
It is a beautiful, sprawling, literary delight with an unforgettable cast undertaking an unforgettable journey.
Completely brilliant, insightful and melancholy, this is a stunning debut and I adored every damned fine moment of it.