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This is a suspenseful, powerful, and captivating sci-fi fantasy story that dramatically explores the tension between a privileged 1% and the rest of humanity. Seventeen-year-old Cameron Newell awakens in 3151 from a deep sleep of a thousand years. He is part of a privileged group seeking to build a life on a new planet while facing many challenges and attacks from deranged people and robotic creatures. Those left behind in the “Lowerworld” are not happy to be excluded, and they launch an uprising. Throughout the story, he grows into a self-reliant social-justice advocate who learns to think about more than himself and gets invested in more important issues. The book is well written and the structure of the story works very well. The Sophie character isn’t well developed, and I wish she had been. The chapters move between 2150 and 3151 as the action and the characters unfold. Cameron develops from a selfish and not quite likeable guy into someone you can root for. It has a fantastic ending. This is a great book for anyone who likes dystopic or science fiction that boosts our faith in humanity. I recommend this book for teens 13 and up, especially those interested in environmental issues, politics, and our planet.

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Author Joshua David Bellin
Star Count 4.5/5
Format Hard
Page Count 368 pages
Publisher Margaret K. McElderry Books
Publish Date 2017-Sep-26
ISBN 9781481491655
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Issue April 2018
Category Young Adult


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