A Complicated Love Story Set In Space

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A Complicated Love Story Set In Space
Age Range
14+
Release Date
February 15, 2022
ISBN
978-1534448544
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When Noa closes his eyes on Earth and wakes up on a spaceship called Qriosity just as it’s about to explode, he’s pretty sure things can’t get much weirder.

Boy is he wrong.

Trapped aboard Qriosity are also DJ and Jenny, neither of whom remember how they got onboard the ship. Together, the three face all the dangers of space, along with murder, aliens, a school dance, and one really, really bad day. But none of this can prepare Noa for the biggest challenge—falling in love. And as Noa’s feelings for DJ deepen, he has to contend not just with the challenges of the present, but also with his memories of the past.

However, nothing is what it seems on Qriosity, and the truth will upend all of their lives forever.

Love is complicated enough without also trying to stay alive.

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A Complicated Love Story Set In Space
(Updated: December 18, 2022)
Overall rating
 
4.0
Plot
 
4.0
Characters
 
4.0
Writing Style
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
N/A
What worked: BLACK MIRROR in space where not all is what it seems. There are so many twists, turns, and quirky reveals in this Sci-fi dystopian novel where two boys fall in love while on the run of their lives in outer space.

Noa wakes up and finds himself floating in outer space and doesn't know how he got there. He only hears a voice that tries to help save him, before he dies. Then he finds himself on a spaceship with no recollection of what happened. This is where the Black Mirror with a hint of The Matrix comes in.

The strength of the novel is Hutchinson's quirkiness, punchy dialogue, and characters that come alive on the pages. One other plus is the sweet romance between Noa and D.J.

I admit though, I was lost a few times and didn't get what was going on. This is especially true during the chapters where Noa's life is an endless Groundhog's day that doesn't seem to end.

Noa comes across at first as very unlikeable, but a reveal of a very traumatic event shows how hard it would be for him to trust or even to love again. D.J. seems too amicable and nonconfrontational even when Noa goes off on him.

The whole premise of this story is surreal. There's a girl who dies and comes back to life only to shout out a puzzling reveal. An alien that shoots acid. A high school where teachers are robots and threaten students to behave or be punished. And a hologram that is both confusing and annoying.

Only toward the end of the novel do readers start to put the puzzle altogether.

One wild ride in a galaxy where not all is what it seems to be. Life indeed is one changing production number!
Good Points
1. BLACK MIRROR in space
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