A thrilling, thought-provoking novel from one of young-adult literature's boldest new talents.
January 29, 2035. That's the day the comet is scheduled to hit - the big one.
Denise and her mother and sister, Iris, have been assigned to a temporary shelter outside their hometown of Amsterdam to wait out the blast, but Iris is nowhere to be found, and at the rate Denise's drug-addicted mother is going, they'll never reach the shelter in time. A last-minute meeting leads them to something better than a temporary shelter - a generation ship scheduled to leave Earth behind to colonize new worlds after the comet hits. But everyone on the ship has been chosen because of their usefulness.
Denise is autistic and fears that she'll never be allowed to stay. Can she obtain a spot before the ship takes flight? What about her mother and sister? When the future of the human race is at stake, whose lives matter most?
©2016 Corinne Duyvis (P)2016 Audible, Inc.
The premise was a great one, and the storyline fantastic. I think the autistic aspect kept throwing a wrench in it for me, though. The novel was too wrapped up in the intricacies, habits and mental obstacles the girl faced due to her disability. It slowed down the novel, and made it frustrating. All of the narrative was wrapped up in this character's head, while I wanted to know what was happening with the apocalyptic world. The narration of the novel was hard for me, too. She did the job almost too well. I gave up on the story about two hours in, after all the yelling and panicking and confusion had my blood pressure up - and not in a good way. It was just too chaotic of a story for me. Others might like it, though.
Fantastic plot, characters and performance! A wonderful coming of age story with a surprising twist! Had trouble some of the Dutch words and geography since I don't live in Amsterdam, but that doesn't take away from the story. Very insightful.
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