Do You Dream Of Terra-Two? Review
This is an impressive debut novel set in an alternative recent past of 2012, when an elite group of six British teenagers are selected to go on a long space journey. Along with a crew of four adults, their destination is Terra-Two, an earth-like planet three light years away which they are tasked with colonising. The only thing is, it will take them 23 years to get there… and 23 years is a long time spent cooped up with the same people, and a long time for things to inevitably go wrong.
As even the launch is tinged with tragedy, the teens, soon to be adults, find themselves struggling to adapt to life aboard the ship and with each other.
The chapters are told from different characters’ points of view. Jesse is an outsider who’s not initially selected for the mission, but comes in late as a replacement. Poppy is a linguist from a northern, working class background. Twin sisters Astrid and Juno have very different approaches to the mission – Astrid is inspired by prophets and her vivid dreams of Terra-Two, whereas Juno is more practical. Eliot is a quiet but brilliant computer programmer, and the self-assured and privileged Harry is an ace pilot.
As even the launch is tinged with tragedy, the teens, soon to be adults, find themselves struggling to adapt to life aboard the ship and with each other. Will they make it to their distant goal, or is the mission doomed to fail? And if they do make it, will it be worth it? The novel explores the terrible pressures society puts on its young people, and how this can manifest itself in different kinds of mental and physical illnesses. Their story is both a physical and metaphorical journey towards adulthood, and there are plenty of tense and suspense-filled moments along the way.
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