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Do You Dream of Terra-Two? Paperback – 1 March 2019
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- Publisher : Simon & Schuster UK; ANZ Only edition (1 March 2019)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 528 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1471171256
- ISBN-13 : 978-1471171253
- Dimensions : 15.3 x 3.15 x 23.4 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 730,110 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The story is set in a dystopian world in which global warming has moved forward much faster, and there are shortages of major fuels, and resources around the world that we haven’t reached yet. Pars of the world have started to disappear from global warming, coastlines having been swallowed up.
In this different timeline, England has established a special space program into which it is placing young children in the hopes that they will thrive academically, but also in other categories and produce the next batch of astronauts for the UK.
They have also engaged in a searching the stars for other suitable Earth like planets. Without giving too much away, an Earth like planet, nick-named ‘Terra-Two’ has been found, and the UK are sending a crew there.
The first part of the book discusses the political state of the world, covers the state of the planet and the changes that have occurred to the ecological systems, and introduces us to the kids who are candidates to go on the first mission to Terra-Two.
We then get to see the crew in space onboard their ship heading to Terra-Two. I don’t want to give away spoilers by talking about this too much.
The first part of the book is very interesting with a good build up of the back story, events as well as the characters. We get a really good feel for this new world, how things have fallen apart, and just how lucky we have been not to destroy our own planet.
As the story moves into the second part of the book, it continues with the great character work, as well as some parts of it being done well as far as setting the scene. For those that like technical sci-fi, or hard-core sci-fi, are fussy about things, there are going to be a lot of complaints about the space ship and its design, as well as some of the things that happen onboard the ship. It is up to the reader, if you ignore this, the actual story is fascinating in itself.
As the crew get further into their mission, both on Earth and in Space, they each are battling different things in their lives, having been chosen so young and pushing themselves so hard. The interplay between each of the ‘Betas’ as well as the Senior crew is exceptionally well written, and that is what makes this book worth reading.
There is some incredibly powerful scenes and outstanding character relationships between the Sisters, Juno and Astrid, the constant power play that goes on between Harry and Jessie, Elliott battling his own personal demons, as is Poppy. There are significant other relationships as well that I won’t disclose here, that make this a very engaging, powerful, at times beautiful, at others crushing, but a continuously wonderful read for the amazing character relationships.
Overall this is just a great read, and well worth the time!
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Its an alternate reality story where the launch to Earth 2, a trip of 23 years, takes place just outside London in 2012. The teenagers who make up part of the crew appear to be able to run around London the day before launch, (quarantine doesn't appear to matter), then a quick drive up the motorway to the launch site a couple of hours before launch. It appears that in this 2012 its just like catching a plane is in the real world today, though I always leave longer than that myself. That's about where I lost interest though did continue reading for a while till I realised I didn't really care what happened anymore.
Oh isn’t afraid to tackle huge topics in a subtle, at times understated way; utopias, religion, depression, love, who are we? And, of course, who should we be? These questions are made more complex by the voices she chooses to explore these topics with; all of her teenage prodigies come from diverse backgrounds not often grouped in this way in literature. More impressive still are the variety of characters Oh portrays compellingly, her depictions of depression, in particular, are a realistic blend of horrific and mundane; she manages to not give a window into the world of someone depressed, but also show how incomprehensible depression can be to all those around.
I began this book due to the huge numbers of personal recommendations, but on posting this review I was surprised to find that the online reaction seemed a little mixed. Having read Oh’s book, I can only think that this is down to the advertising – it is nothing like either 'The 100' or 'A Long Way to a Small Angry Planet’, though I can see why the allusions were drawn, so if that is the read you want, try something else. To me ‘Do you Dream of Terra Two’ reminded me more of Ishiguro’s style if that helps.
I was completely blown away by Oh’s first book, and I can't wait for more from this author!