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Contributor(s): Lake, Nick
ISBN: 1524713538     ISBN-13: 9781524713539
Publisher: Alfred a Knopf Inc
    OUR PRICE: $16.19  
Product Type: Hardcover
Published: October 2017
Annotation: A teen born in space makes his first trip to Earth after being raised by teams of astronauts, a visit that proves to be more treacherous than anticipated. By the award-winning author of In Darkness. Simultaneous eBook.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Science fiction.
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: 2016056933
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 7-9, Age 12-14
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 8.25" H x 5.25" W x 1.25" (1.25 lbs) 453 pages
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q72224
Reading Level: 5.3   Interest Level: Grades 6-8   Point Value: 24.0
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2018 Spring)
Leo, born and raised on space station Moon 2, settles into life at "home" on Earth. He realizes he hasn't been told everything he should know about his role in space research or about the effects of gravity on his body. Gay romance, racial identity, and politics of space exploration and colonization all combine with the poetic theme of a teenager first experiencing Earth and, indeed, life. Copyright 2018 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Reviewed by Horn Book Magazine Reviews (Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2017 #6)
Leo and his friends, twins Libra and Orion, were born and raised on Moon 2, a space station that orbits Earth. Now that Leo is almost sixteen, he and the twins are being flown "home" to Earth, where they look forward to new, "normal" experiences--hearing a live concert; planting a garden; going to high school. But as Leo settles into life on his grandfather's California ranch, he realizes he hasn't been told all that he should know about his role in space research. Nor has he been told that his body, formed in zero gravity, might not survive Earth's gravity long-term. Gradual revelations of plot and the suspense of astronautical near-misses make for steady momentum, and the future setting is cleverly reinforced in the prose style--the book uses text message–like abbreviations and lowercase letters at the beginnings of sentences ("on a screen in front of her i c Moon 2 come into view"). Throughout, the tone of Leo's account is reflective, the poetic musings of a boy who has absorbed a (perhaps improbable) abundance of contextual understanding during his education in space. Gay romance, racial identity (all three teens have brown skin), politics of space exploration, and notions of colonization and home all combine with Lake's overarching poetic theme of a teenager experiencing Earth and, indeed, life for the first time. deirdre f. baker Copyright 2017 Horn Book Magazine Reviews.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2017 August #3)

Leo lives aboard Moon 2, a space station orbiting Earth, with his lifelong friends, twins Libra and Orion. All three teenagers were born in space and raised by astronauts. Now as the three turn 16, doctors believe that they are strong enough to move from their zero gravity existence to Earth, and all are eager to see the home they've never been to. The story is told entirely through Leo's perspective, and it's clear that he is missing some information—Lake (Whisper to Me) drop hints about a conspiracy and public protests, and Leo's mother is standoffish and withholding. The mystery keeps the pages turning, but it's a drawn-out unspooling of information. It doesn't help that Leo narrates in something like text-speak: u for you, dr.ate for doctorate, and an aversion to capital letters that marks him as different from the very first page but that may test readers' patience. But for those who embrace it, Lake's novel raises many difficult moral questions to consider. Ages 12–up. Agent: Caradoc King, United Agents. (Oct.)

Copyright 2017 Publisher Weekly.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2017 October)

Gr 9 Up—Leo has lived his entire life on Moon 2. Born on the space station along with a set of twins, he is anxious to finally visit Earth so he can meet his beloved grandfather in person and see the ranch where Grandpa lives. Leo is a bit of a space prodigy—his mom is a renowned astronaut and scientist, and Grandpa was among the elite crew that last visited the Moon. Leo, excited to bond with his mother, is disappointed with her calculated and distant professionalism. When Leo finally makes it to the ranch, Grandpa is everything the teen had hoped. Leo has a new dog waiting for him and his grandfather is eager for him to learn ranching skills. Meanwhile, the protagonist is frustrated that he can't contact the twins and then finds a flyer indicating that outsiders are willing to help "space boy." Leo isn't sure what help he might need, but after an accident, the doctor notices his bone density is surprisingly low. When Grandpa discharges him from the hospital prematurely, the boy wonders what is really going on, and hints of conspiracy start to unfold. This novel begins slowly and is overly technical, but it adequately creates suspense and will evoke emotions regarding Earth's best experiences. The writing style is difficult, relying on under-capitalized text-speak throughout. VERDICT A decent addition to sci-fi collections that combines elements of Andy Weir's The Martian with hints of Margaret Peterson Haddix's Turnabout.—Leah Krippner, Harlem High School, Machesney Park, IL

Copyright 2017 School Library Journal.