Welcome to 2057, where you can live in a mall, where there aren’t any parks left, students take lessons in ESP and–thanks to an airtight dome–there’s a colony of people on the moon. Fourteen-year-old Aurora couldn’t be happier in her life on Earth, but Aurora’s parents have new jobs on the moon, and now Aurora and her little sister, Starr, must leave their homes and schools to go with them and live on the moon for five years.
First of all, ESP. Extrasensory Perception. You know that feeling you get when people are staring at you? That’s just an example of ESP. ESP is when you get information that are gained not by physical senses–touch, taste, smell, etc.–but rather by the mind. Oooh. Spooky. Anyway, it’s stuff like you would see in the abilities of some X-Men. Telepathy, levitating, clairvoyance, precognition and the like. Sometimes it’s referred to as a sixth sense or gut instinct.
Now to the book. I liked the concept of teenagers in space, since I liked the back story of I am Number Four, the story of Across the Universe and really liked Ender’s Game. I also love YA. Space + YA=Yes, I will read that book and I will like it. I give it three stars. It was just okay, I didn’t like it and I liked it at the same time.
1) The fact that it was written in 1986, meaning 27 years ago. I love old books, and I really liked the language and feel of this book but…I also didn’t. Call me crazy. The world is a really different place than it was 27 years ago. The future, utopias and dystopias that the writers of today envision are different from the writers of 1986. I liked the inventions and stuff of the book, where disks and robots are key components in the lives of people, but compared to the inventions of other books like Feed by M.T. Anderson or even just the tracker and arena of the Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, Paula Danziger’s inventions pale.
2) The characters. I liked Matthew, who was Aurora’s latest boyfriend on Earth, I liked Juna–who’s Aurora’s best friend on Earth and I liked, Hal, who she meets on the moon, but I didn’t like Aurora herself. The things she worries about are petty, her language choice is weird and she is so off and on. Even her relationship with Starr is confusing. One page everything is tense and uncomfortable, then Starr admits she doesn’t’ want to go to the moon either, and Aurora softens for a bit. Then she hates her again the very next page. And so it goes on and on.
3) The on and off-ness of the writing. It was making me mad. Paula Danziger’s writing makes it so that Aurora is the way she is. Aurora is suddenly pulled in decisions, pulled out of moods, pulled into attitudes and pulled out of everything so wishy-washy-like. Sometimes, there wasn’t even a solid reason for these constant shifts in everything.
4) The humor. This was a big reason why I liked this book. Even though this book isn’t just “overflowing in humor and hilarious commentary,” which is a compliment book critics give away far too freely, it was still funny. There were parts that actually made me laugh out loud and smile.
pg count for the hardback: 156