Review: Do you Dream of Terra-Two? by Temi Oh

Do You Dream of Terra-Two

A century ago, scientists theorised that a habitable planet existed in a nearby solar system. Today, ten astronauts will leave a dying Earth to find it. Four are decorated veterans of the 20th century’s space-race. And six are teenagers, graduates of the exclusive Dalton Academy, who’ve been in training for this mission for most of their lives.

It will take the team 23 years to reach Terra-Two. Twenty-three years spent in close quarters. Twenty-three years with no one to rely on but each other. Twenty-three years with no rescue possible, should something go wrong. And something always goes wrong.

I’m struggling a little bit to know how to review this book, part of me loved it and while I didn’t ‘dream of Terra-Two’ I certainly couldn’t wait to pick it up and carry on reading. I loved the characters, the journey they had both literally and figuratively. The space travel was interesting and watching they crew cope (or not) in their various ways was well written. 

Then I realised I was over 80% of the way through the book and it felt like there should be loads left to come, no problem I hadn’t realised it was the start of a series and I’d just have to look forward to the next one. Then all of a sudden the author wrapped up the story within a few pages (with a dream sequence!) and it ended! No warning, no real resolution to a lot of things. It left me feeling a bit cast adrift, cheated out of a good story.

There was so much more the author could have explored, making this into a series or a longer book, I wanted to learn more about the Chinese generation ship also on the way to Terra-Two. I wanted to watch the Beta grow older, wanted to see more of the Earth and people they had left behind, wanted to see them adjust to life on Terra-Two if they could. Instead I got a dream sequence that barely lasted two pages. It was like your favourite TV show being cancelled mid season and everything being wrapped up in one episode (Angel, anyone?). I’m not sure why the author made that choice but it was an odd one. 

I loved 90% of this book, but the end let it down. I honestly don’t know if I could recommend you go read it, the end was that bad.

With thanks to Netgalley and publishers for a preview copy in exchange for an honest review. Do you Dream of Terra-Two? will be published 7th March 2019.