Teenagers wake up in space, with no memory of how they got there, on a ship that’s out of their control and with no coordinates for charting a course home.
Impossibly far away from Seattle, 16-year-old Noa North wakes up floating outside the spaceship Qriosity. According to the voice inside his helmet, that of a Florida boy called DJ Storm, the ship will explode in 17 minutes unless they repair the leaking coolant conduit and shut off the reactor. Although neither can remember how they ended up in space, they have little choice but to try to survive. Joined by Jenny, a girl from Rhode Island, the three teens navigate threats of explosion, a Quantum Fold Drive that flings them across the galaxy every 19 hours, a time loop, and a monster invasion, all while searching for answers about how they arrived in space in the first place. The plot maintains a fast pace: Every time the team finds a moment of comfort, a new danger throws them back into action. Thrilling twists keep the conflict surprising, and, as the title suggests, a romance simmers between Noa and DJ. Through their love story, Hutchinson explores topics of consent, trauma survival, and the significance of #ownvoices storytelling. While this book stands alone, the openness of the resolution leaves room for further adventures. All main characters seem to be White.
A riveting ride through the stars.(Science fiction. 14-18)