The cover on this book caught my eye. She looks so dreamy and hopeful and careful on the cover (and she’s POC!) that I got really intrigued. The synopsis was fascinating too, but its the fact that it wasn’t labelled as young-adult that was the final straw in the decision to request it.
This ARC was provided to me by NetGalley and Simon & Schuster UK in return for an honest review. Thank you!
Do You Dream of Terra-Two?
by Temi Oh
Synopsis by NetGalley
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 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.
I really enjoyed this book! The language was beautiful and the characters were deep and very well developed. The story too was a constant surprise and never really went in the direction I predicted. I felt this was mainly a character-focused story which isn’t normally something I enjoy as much as a plot-focused story. However, the book was driven on by both plot twists and characters, so a happy mix 🙂
I have to say it really felt like a TV show. I could picture them all, I could picture the scenes and the events and the special effects when things go wrong. I would love to see this on TV.
The story follows the Beta, the junior crew, on the start of their mission to Terra-Two. Each of the six members has a point of view and will tell you how and why they got there. As the storey gets closer to the day of launch and action speeds up. Disaster happens, but the Damocles take off as planned. They have a few stops within our Milkyway before the 23-year long journey starts. However, not everything goes to plan, and with a bunch of 19 and 20-year-olds, anything could happen.
This story really took me for a ride! I had difficulty expecting the twists and turns of the book which really excited me. When a book becomes too predictable I find the book boring and not stimulating enough. When the book is like Do You Dream of Terra-Two? I keep thinking about the book, the characters, the journey they will be taking and where the book will end, even when I’m not reading it. It’s always in my mind. It ended very differently than what I expected at the start, but I’m very pleased with the ending. I’m overall very pleased with this book 🙂
Its a bit confusing in the start as I wasn’t sure if it was an alternate reality, historical fiction or set in the future, but the author keep referring back to 2012. Once you get your head around that it’s easy. It’s more of an alternative history.
The author herself has a BSc in Neuroscience and the character arcs and mentality was very fascinating throughout. Also, without knowing too much about engineering and space and physics, I felt the sci-fi science were solid and well researched. Lastly, and my favourite point the number of small details related to space travel was immense. I almost felt like I was there with them. She must have done serious research to get the amount of detail. If she made it up, I’ll worship her! What a queen.
The seven narrators are; Harry, Juno, Astrid, Jessie, Eliot, Poppy, and Ara.
My favourite was Jessie and my least favourite were Harry. I felt Harry were a stuck up, mean spirited, rich kid. While Jessie was meant to be there. Yes, he is pretty weird in the beginning but when it comes to it he is solid. I totally shipped his ship (spoilers!) and I’m rooting for him all the way.
Astrid, I found a bit annoying too but fascinating. And I wish there were more from Eliot’s point of view.
in this book, every single narrator has a mental issue they are struggling with which made them into clear and unique individuals. I did feel like the senior crew fell a bit into the background and that they were often left behind.
I love the writing in this book! it contains small bits of fairy dust in it! Small gold nuggets. The author has used words I’ve never seen used before to perfectly describe something. One example that I really love is this: “his knuckles dovetailed into hers” – basically they are holding hands, but its put in a very visual way. I’m imagining a dove’s tail feathers overlaying each other than relating it to the action of holding hands. It makes it so much more effective. It’s difficult to describe fully, it’s an experience!
I had an ARC of this book and there were a few spelling mistakes and missed capital letters like “eliot” was always written with a small e instead of “Eliot”. I expect the final version will have this fixed. I have bought the finished copy now, but I still haven’t check for this.
But I did love the writing. I would love to be able to write like Temi Oh. I should start taking notes.
Having said all that, the golden nugget became less throughout the story, or I became more immune to them, I’m not sure which. Maybe I got too caught up in the story.
I loved this book but it wasn’t perfect. It was an adventure and an experience that will stay with me for a long time. My favourite characters are not the type of characters that are easy to forget. Also, the level of detail in Temi Oh’s writing and research sets a high bar for my writing, but its definitely something I’m willing to aspire to.
Have you read this? What did you think?