Tamara Ruben and ten of her high school classmates are on a field trip in the California desert when they stumble across a long-dormant spaceship. Without warning, the ship takes off with them aboard, stranding them alone in interstellar space with no idea where they're going or what they must do when they get there.
Now they must figure out the ship's workings to keep themselves alive... and Tamara realizes her mind is being taken over by a set of alien Voices that may or may not be trying to help her. Can the inexperienced teenage crew learn to cooperate to solve the unprecedented challenges they'll face on their historic journey?
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T. Jackson King on https://www.amazon.com/review/ROTBQVD0Y115Y/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm?ie=UTF8&ASIN=B01HPLTRMS wrote:
This book was actually great. Classic science fiction adventure for older young adults - an interstellar journey in a mysterious alien craft. The style, written by a teen girl as a journal to her dead sister, worked surprisingly well - much better than I would have ever expected. Engaging and interesting.
Linell Jeppsen on https://www.amazon.com/review/R1VS4TNYESFKXJ/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm?ie=UTF8&ASIN=B01HPLTRMS wrote:
This is a fun, smoothly written novel of unexpected space adventure by a group of 10 high school juniors, half male and half female, as told by the newbie, Tamara Ruben, in the format of a diary. Despite the diary format, the story reads easily and with lots of action and dialogue, so I was at ease reading it. This novel reminds of the early Heinlein juveniles and novels by Andre Norton, written for young adults. This is a perfect YA novel for readers who enjoy science fiction, or are just getting to know the field. This is a fine novel for young women, not just guys. And the sexual references are not graphic, just matter of fact and what any teen would know about today. I liked Tamara's sensible attitude to being kidnapped by a starship with its own agenda. They do meet living aliens later in the novel. Until then, there is a strong detective/figure-it-out story element to the story as these teens figure stuff out since no part of the starship speaks English. I've read SF since a young age and this is the kind of novel that drew me into the genre and keeps me coming back for more! Highly recommended!
Lizzie on https://www.amazon.com/review/R1EUN9Q0BXHNVP/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm?ie=UTF8&ASIN=B01HPLTRMS wrote:
I'm on my Kindle so I'll make his brief. As usual, Goldin delivers in this excellent space adventure. Great action, science, humor and , er, spice in this wonderful story.
Highly recommended! 5 stars!
I really liked this book. It was fun; it reminded me of stories i read in my early teens when I discovered science fiction - Heinlein, Norton - combined with The Goonies. The basic story is a group of teens accidentally enter an alien space ship which attempts to fulfill its previous mission. The "computer" bonds itself to Tamara through the persona of its prior captain and the teens learn to operate it enough to survive in space and discover its origins. It's a mixed group of teens (popular, nerd, athlete, scientist, language arts, new kid in school) who through forced time together discover themselves and each other. It was not overly complicated, simply a good story with kids succeeding. I liked the way it was presented as letters to Tamara's sister updating her on Tamara's life.
I did have two issues that detracted from the story:
1. Tamara's conversation style didn't feel realistic and annoyed me at the beginning of the story. I eventually tuned out all the "likes".
2. The discussion of sex in which there is explicit descriptions of options aside from intercourse. While I would wish teenagers would be frank and aware of sexual choices that avoid pregnancy risk, they don't. Tamara describes acts with the boy she eventually becomes involved with and it was TMI. I think this level of frankness on teenage sex could preclude many readers from purchasing it to read themselves or to gift to a teen.
If not for the above 2 issues, I would have given this book 4 stars. It's a solid science fiction story targeted toward teens, but an enjoyable read for all.
I received this book for free as part of the Read to Review program on Goodreads.