I think my new blog style suits this book review! I’m a little obsessed with space if you couldn’t tell.
Satellite by Nick Lake
Published by Knopf Books for Young Readers on October 3rd 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Science Fiction
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A teenage boy born in space makes his first trip to Earth.
He’s going to a place he’s never been before: home.
Moon 2 is a space station that orbits approximately 250 miles above Earth. It travels 17,500 miles an hour, making one full orbit every ninety minutes. It’s also the only home that fifteen-year-old Leo and two other teens have ever known.
Born and raised on Moon 2, Leo and the twins, Orion and Libra, are finally old enough and strong enough to endure the dangerous trip to Earth. They’ve been “parented” by teams of astronauts since birth and have run countless drills to ready themselves for every conceivable difficulty they might face on the flight.
But has anything really prepared them for life on terra firma? Because while the planet may be home to billions of people, living there is more treacherous than Leo and his friends could ever have imagined, and their very survival will mean defying impossible odds.
Honestly this story is a beauty. There will be no spoilers, so the review won’t be as in depth as I’d like it to be.
The formatting is rather strange at first, it’s written in short hand/text speak and at times can seem a bit disjointed, but trust me. Persevere. I didn’t notice it after a couple of pages and honestly I loved it! I received this as an eARC on Netgalley and I originally thought the copy had corrupted haha but realised it was intentional. I laughed, I cried (a lot actually) and was so invested in it. The detail about what it’s like in space was so accurate (to what I’ve found out myself) that it made the whole thing more realistic. Everything was NOT perfect, in fact, sometimes it was a little bit much how many things went wrong…
There’s even one bit towards the end which makes me think that Nick must have read Chris Hadfield’s autobiography as some details were so accurate to it (not a bad thing, in fact a very good thing).
I’ve had such a book hangover from this I haven’t been able to read in days, as it’s had me thinking about it constantly. Definitely deserves the 5*.
As I’ve mentioned the formatting was a bit strange, however it fit because the story is from the POV of fifteen year old Leo, who grew up in space and as a result would likely have a bit of stunted communication in terms of writing. The story flowed really well and quickly, at no point was I bored.
When the three characters, Leo, Orion and Libra finally came to Earth, Nick described their reactions to gravity and just everything we have taken for granted SO WELL. Things I swear I wouldn’t have thought about. Each section of the book moved at a good pace, there was intrigue and suspicion which also drove the story forward.
I LOVED the characters so much. As it was from Leo’s POV, I don’t feel like we got to see Orion and Libra nearly as often as I’d have liked.
Leo was grappling with his sexuality throughout the story, however I definitely wished there had been a teensy bit more focus on it. I get that he was busy dealing with the whole, you know, experiencing gravity and the world for the first time, but I can’t help but want him to get a bit of lovin’! His voice was so genuine and raw, I really enjoyed experiencing it all through his eyes.
There was even a puppy, Comet! Honestly this was one of my favourite parts, and as things kept going wrong for Leo and co at the beginning I was terrified that the dog was going to die (for no reason other than I can’t cope with it, everytime there’s a dog in a book I start to worry about it dying), so that was pretty stressful for me, but my own doing haha.
Have you read it yet? What did you think of it. I know a lot of people have said that the writing style put them off completely.