Published: May 4th 2021
Tags: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Dystopian
| Synopsis from the Publisher |
Cee has been trapped on an abandoned island for three years without any recollection of how she arrived, or memories from her life prior. All she knows is that somewhere out there, beyond the horizon, she has a sister named Kay, and it’s up to Cee to cross the ocean and find her.
In a world apart, 16-year-old STEM prodigy Kasey Mizuhara lives in an eco-city built for people who protected the planet―and now need protecting from it. With natural disasters on the rise due to climate change, eco-cities provide clean air, water, and shelter. Their residents, in exchange, must spend at least a third of their time in stasis pods, conducting business virtually whenever possible to reduce their environmental footprint. While Kasey, an introvert and loner, doesn’t mind the lifestyle, her sister Celia hated it. Popular and lovable, Celia much preferred the outside world. But no one could have predicted that Celia would take a boat out to sea, never to return.
Now it’s been three months since Celia’s disappearance, and Kasey has given up hope. Logic says that her sister must be dead. But nevertheless, she decides to retrace Celia’s last steps. Where they’ll lead her, she does not know. Her sister was full of secrets. But Kasey has a secret of her own.
Keywords to describe this book: Dual POV, Plot Twists, Bittersweet
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, mostly due to the fact that it’s built on such a unique take on science-fiction that focuses on environmental activism and climate change. I also haven’t read too many books set in the future, so I enjoyed seeing He’s take on what a future where the world is wracked with climate change-related disaster events, where eco-cities exist, filled with people who have proven themselves to have the lowest carbon-footprints or have contributed major environmentally conscious ideas. The rank system in this book was particularly interesting, and it fits into the central conflict of the main characters ultimately struggling over whether the human race deserves to go on because of the mess they’ve made on the planet.
This brings me to the main reason I enjoyed this book. I really love the philosophical discussion of humanity: good or bad. There end up being two major believe systems in this book. On the one side, a character is fighting to save humanity because it deserves to be saved (because of someone they love) and another character believing humanity is the problem, the disease and should not be saved (because of someone they love). Without saying too much to ruin the plot, this book really delves into the messiness of humanity. This plot has a driving plot, but it take its time unfolding while the main characters struggle with this problem.
I enjoyed the characters, too, and I felt like they were believable and relatable. I like that Kasey brings some neurodiversity to the cast and her relationship with her sister is a really dynamic element to the book. Having a sister myself, I found myself really drawn to their story. I also appreciate that the romance elements to this story are minimal and don’t detract from the main plot and the arc of the main characters’ journeys.
Ultimately, I think this is a really beautiful and moving story. It’s sci-fi like you haven’t seen it before, especially in the YA realm. The eco-activism is another element that makes this book stand out. He explores some really harsh truths about humanity in this book and she will take you on a real roller-coaster of a ride. I would recommend it if you like thought-provoking, emotionally-charged sci-fi stories.
| My Rating |
Definitely Worth the Read
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