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Do You Dream of Terra-Two? by Temi Oh

I love scifi but rarely read anything in the genre that isn’t a Star Trek novelisation. I’m trying to change that so I was thrilled to get the chance to read and review Do You Dream of Terra-Two? by Temi Oh

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, 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 twenty-three 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 enjoyed Do You Dream of Terra Two? but it was a very different book to what I expected. There were many moments throughout the book when what I thought would happen next wasn’t. It’s not what I’d call a rollercoaster of a book, but it’s definitely one where there’s no point in even trying to guess where it’s going.

Almost a week after finishing reading it I still can’t decide if I liked the way it ended and whether or not I want there to be a sequel (because a part of me really does want to read more of these characters and this universe and another part thinks that might ruin the magic of a brilliant book). I’m worried saying that makes it seem like I didn’t like the book as a whole. I did, I really loved it.

The setting/timeline of this book is a really clever idea. It’s set in London 2012. It’s the London we know – famous landmarks are mentioned and the Olympics are about to happen as it starts. The characters eat Galaxy chocolate and watch University Challenge. But it’s also not the London or the 2012 we know because space travel (and therefore technology) is much more of a thing so it;s all a bit different and just brilliant.

I am really keen to see what Temi Oh writes next.

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