When the 1% and the 99% clash, the fate of the human race hangs on the actions of two teens from very different backgrounds in this thrilling sci-fi adventure.
In the Upperworld, the privileged 1% are getting ready to abandon a devastated planet Earth. And Cam can’t wait to leave. After sleeping through a 1,000-year journey, he and his friends will have a pristine new planet to colonize. And no more worries about the Lowerworld and is 99% of rejects.
Then Cam sees a banned video feed of protesters in the Lowerworld who also want a chance at a new life. And he sees a girl with golden eyes who seems to be gazing straight though the feed directly at him. A girl he has to find. Sofie.
When Cam finds Sofie, she opens his eyes to the unfairness of what’s happening in their world, and Cam joins her cause for Lowerworld rights. He also falls hard for Sofie. But Sofie has her own battles to fight, and when it’s time to board the spaceships, Cam is alone.
Waking up 1,000 years in the future, Cam discovers that he and his shipmates are far off-course, trapped on an unknown and hostile planet. Who has sabotaged their ship? And does it have anything to do with Sofie, and the choices—and the enemies—he made in the past?
It would be easy to dismiss this as yet another dystopian novel in the SciFi genre; another socio-examination of politics, disparate economic issues, and the unfairness that inevitably follows when the minority get to call all the shots for the majority. Somehow the author rose above the stereotypes and clichés to bring something unique; something more than a SciFi-ish version of the Hunger Games.
There is whispers of revenge, anger, and despair but also hope, love and the belief there should be something more than a world where human beings treat each other like animals.
Cam is an interesting teen whose voice comes through as the kind of character the reader will want to get behind and wish more like him existed to bridge the gap between those who have no voice and those who have no conscience. You’re treated to different worlds, different stories, different time periods but the author whips it all together in an easy to read pace.
Though you will be treated to the perfect conclusion, before you get there you’ll have to endure a climatic ride and some intense twists but it will all be worthwhile.
Teachers, librarians and parents will find this a great book for their teens to read and apply the themes to the current socio-political climate particularly in the States. It’s definitely one of those books that will raise questions, peak critical thinking skills and make the reader decide where they stand; would they stay behind or get on the ship?
Thank you to Netgalley and Forever for allowing me to review this book.
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*synopsis and pic from netgalley.com