Immediately thereafter everything goes straight to hell.

Here is a writer who has taken 3-D printer technology seriously to heart and figured out what might be done with it in future. In this case he has facilitated teleportation in a way Alfred Bester and Steven Gould never did. Sixteen-year old Jessica, entirely unwillingly, is teleported from Earth to Carver 1061c, a planet recovering from an extinction-level event. There she is to meet up with her parents who left her behind six years before, and she isn’t sure what she is most resentful of, being left behind in the first place or being made to leave Earth to become their field assistant in the second. It doesn’t help that they never asked her what she wanted. Then they arrive and immediately thereafter everything goes straight to hell. Jessica ends up on planet without many of the skills she needs to survive, in spite of which she becomes the first to learn that her race wasn’t the first intelligent one in residence.

The ending feels a little rushed and not entirely resolved, but otherwise a fully realized world with good characters and some nice writing in a solid YA voice

Gram always says that you shouldn’t shop for groceries when you’re hungry. There should be another rule that you shouldn’t pack for outer space when you’re mad.

and an uncomfortably believable plot. I am never climbing into one of those printers, I don’t care if it is my one chance to get to Alpha Centauri in six days. Just saying.

Book Review Monday Chatter

Dana View All →

Author and founder of Storyknife.org.

Leave a Reply

%d bloggers like this: