Terra lives aboard Asherah, a spaceship that has been in orbit for almost 500 years. It’s destination, Zehava, a planet that may or may not be able to support humans. At sixteen years old Terra must start the job that the council has chosen for her and begin to think about who she will marry. All she really wants to do is become an artist and escape the life in which she has lost her mother, and must deal with an angry and grieving father. Everything changes when she witnesses the librarian being murdered. With just months left to go before the ship lands on their new planet, Terra gets wrapped up in a rebellion and learns that not everything is as it seems in her world.
More spaceship bound YA science fiction? Yes Please! All throughout this book, I had the sick feeling in my stomach that it was going to turn out just like “Across the Universe.” Thankfully it didn’t. Although the similarities are present, so are major plot differences. I liked the characters, and how they were always a bit more complex than it seemed on the surface. It goes to show that everyone is fighting their own battle, and we should not be quick to judge. I liked the setting, in that it was a ship that had to work hard to maintained. It wasn’t just shiny and new, and full of super neat unthinkable technology to solve every problem. It is, after all, five hundred years old. The conflict between the government and the rebels, was quite believable in any society, even today. Despite the fact that it is science fiction, North managed to not go over the top and make readers suspend every belief they have ever known. Also, there was a certain amount of Jewish culture in the book, as the founders of the mission wanted to preserve their own Jewish heritage. I am not sure how much of this was accurate, but it didn’t lay any claims to adhering to present day forms of Judaism. Although I will admit that it seemed strange that most new nothing of the Torah. I wouldn’t mind reading the prequel to this to find out a bit more about the earlier generations aboard the Asherah.