• Do You Dream of Terra-Two?

  • By: Temi Oh
  • Narrated by: Nneka Okoye
  • Length: 14 hrs and 19 mins
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (112 ratings)

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Do You Dream of Terra-Two?

By: Temi Oh
Narrated by: Nneka Okoye
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Publisher's Summary

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, 10 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.

©2019 Temi Oh (P)2019 Simon & Schuster UK

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Terrible

Weak plot and character development. The most uninspired monotone narration I have encountered. I could not finish it.

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  • K
  • 04-07-19

This is literary (not flashy) speculative fiction

This is a psychological science fiction novel and not a space opera or tech-driven novel. The technology is only a smidge into the future. Instead, this is about ethics, making human decisions, and choosing to explore.

I read (actually listened to) the book because Audible suggested it had a bit in common with Becky Chambers' Wayfarers series. I think that is accurate (although, even Chambers' series has more high-tech flash). I also thought this book was similar to Meg Howrey's The Wanderers (although, Howrey's book also has more tech than Oh's).

Bottom line -- the book is beautiful. This is true literary speculative fiction But, perhaps not for you if you like flash in your sci-fi.

The characters are racially and class-wise diverse (I think, they are British, so this American has a difficult time "reading" some markers). Sadly, the crew seems overly straight/cisgendered. There is a bit of neurodiversity among the characters.

The reader was good w/ a light British accent that was understandable to my American ears. She portrayed a lot of emotion well.

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I was hooked and was sad when the book was over

Absolutely enjoyed the book. Would love to have a part 2.

While the book is superficially a sci-fi book about travel to another planet, it's really a study of psychology.

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awkward pacing, poor characters, illogical choices

I don't demand realism from my sci fi, but I want the characters to make logical choices according to who they are, and I feel like that's lacking in this book.
The pacing is awkward, too slow to be truly engaging.

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Slow Start but Picks Up Nicely

The premise -- teenagers being sent into space with a seasoned crew to shadow for a 23-year trip -- felt logical and reasonable to me. Liked how main characters were developed. Teenage angst made story believable as well. Appreciated the inclusion of the subject of spirituality, a topic much of sci-fi avoids.

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DNF, couldn’t get that into it

I didn’t finish. I got about six hours in finally decided that I couldn’t tell you what the story was about.


There’s nothing particularly wrong with it. The characters are well drawn. The world seems interesting enough. Though pointlessly so up to the point I reached. There was plenty of social discomfort. Possibly too much.

I just couldn’t see where it was going in any way that interested me. Everyone’s goals and how they were going to play against each other just wasn’t clear to me. And I was tired of waiting for it to become clear.

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NOTHING like the wayfarers series

Don't believe the description. This book has none of the same themes and a different tone from Chambers' works and lacks any sort of LGBT rep. If you're coming for a book similar to hers, you're in the wrong place and you have been lied to.

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Space teens

So it was a fine book. Like I didn’t hate it, and sometimes exciting things happened, but most of the young main characters are hard to like. They all have annoying things about them. There was just a lot of drama and not a lot of interesting things for most of the book. It did start slow, but the end was alright. If you like drama and space, you might like this book; if not, the book is okay. Also the narrator js British if that is important.

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Needs a different narrator

The narrator is licking their lips after every sentence… I’d love to get her a glass of water. I really want to finish the story but I just can’t as this sound is so repetitive.

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a pretty decent 1/3 if a book

fairly well told story that suffers a bit from inconsistent pacing....and then ends.
maybe this was a set up for sequels bit if the author thinks this suffices as a full novel they are wrong.

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  • Simon
  • 01-11-19

Are We Nearly There Yet?

I left our intrepid crew of astronauts after about seven hours into the book as they were trying to decide how to cheer one of their number up on their birthday. I felt as if I had heard enough and this simply isn't a book that suits me at all. I've had a quick check and reviews are mostly more positive than mine with an indication that if I keep listening for another three of four hours then things might start happening.

I'm probably, therefore, rating it a little harshly but I can't give a book that didn't grab my attention enough that I at least finish it any better! What is certain is that this is a very character-focused work, there is a lot of internal wrangling by the multiple characters whose point of view we see the story through. The plot kind of limps along behind a lot of angst and if this will appeal to anyone it's those that enjoy a lot of in-depth character development in a sci-fi setting.

I'll definitely pop back to see if others have got more out of it and to see if I have made a mistake by abandoning ship at this point as the performance by Nneka Okoye was pleasing enough and Temi Oh invests a lot into her characters rounding them all out very fully.

It just felt lacking in terms of plot development and eventually, my patience ran out, like a child on a long distance car journey I kept asking, are we nearly there yet?

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  • TheDr
  • 01-21-19

Do You Dream of Terra-Two? I do now!!!

I love this book. What a brilliant story sci-fi with a human interest story. I was not expecting those plot twists and now I can’t wait to know what happens next. There must be a sequel! What a brilliant new voice.
And the narrator was wonderful too! She brought the characters to life.
Excellent debut novel. I loved it.

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  • hobbes
  • 03-04-19

Listenable, but flawed

Firstly, I could have done with it saying somewhere in the description that it's a book for teenagers or young adults as I believe they're called now. That way I'd have been far less disappointed with the sketchy characterisation and simplistic development.
Once you realise it's a kids book, then the stereotypes and standard tropes make more sense and the book transforms from a vaguely irritating listen to a middling one.
On that basis it just about stays the right side of silly (were it a proper hard science fiction novel it would cross the line into downright ludicrous.)
That said, the narrator does a passable job of bringing two dimensional characters to life and it's nice for a change to see a publisher promote a book that's not written by or read by white middle aged men.

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  • S.Hope
  • 01-28-19

Growing pains & the meaning of life in space!

Excellent story, great idea with so much potential but just way too slow in pace!

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  • caroline
  • 01-16-19

Good listen

I enjoyed this book it’s well read and has a good story line it’s a easy listen which doesn’t take much concentration to follow
It’s down sides are no real twists or surprises that you don’t see coming a mile off
And it spends a lot of time filling out the characters
In some cases unnecessarily
But I did enjoy it for the most part

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  • ISM
  • 03-23-21

A book about the dreamers of a future!

Loved it! Held my breath during the treeplanting day and felt my heart race in the airlock scene.
I would love to read more from the chinese ship and the marscolony!

I almost skipped after reading a comment of it never starting. So glad I didn't! And I don't agree!

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  • Tom Laming
  • 03-22-21

beautiful book

wonderful dreamy story with harshness lingering throughout, was a delight to listen to the narrator

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  • Matterbeam
  • 06-14-19

Masterful writing

Strong characters, rollercoaster plot, gripping descriptions of food (yes) and a sci-fi setting that doesn't take shortcuts around the science.

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  • Phil Rusted
  • 03-26-19

Teen teen teen. Not what I was expecting

Hmmm, could have been good but was just too teen.
When I was a teenager I remember reading Frank Herbert and Clive Barker, great books. This could have been but just missed out. Too predictable, just not as good as I had hoped.

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  • Dennis M. Harrington
  • 02-27-19

Self-indulgent rubbish set in Space.

This story is badly narrated, boring and chaotic. In a strange way, it parodies, without trying, the mawkish sentimentality of our time: Feelings and ideas come before facts, Critical thinking and logic gone out the window. I wasted a credit for this. Avoid.

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  • Dario
  • 08-19-19

Fast paced for teenagers

Didn't enjoy this book. Too unrealistic, bland, superficial and fast paced seemed to targetted at teenagers.

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  • Barry
  • 09-09-22

loved the sense of wonder....

I wasn't sure what it would be like, but I found it hugely entertaining, and thought provoking as to how a second earth should / could be populated.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-21-21

Simple YA

I don’t know whose idea it was to send all these temperamental teenagers into space. I have serious doubts about the psych evals they were tested under. Temi Oh doesn’t seem to have much of a technical knowledge about space and if she does she doesn’t show it much in this book.

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  • Nicole Russo
  • 05-31-19

Beautiful character driven space drame

It ended too soon! I can see this book having a decent sequel. No spoilers, but I've started dreaming of Terra-Two!

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  • Sammy Bernard
  • 05-25-19

needs a sequel already

good story but needing a sequel. moved slowly and is quite large. enjoyed the ideas and the writing though