- Page Count: 352
- Release Date: June 21, 2016
- My Rating: 1.5 stars
Goodreads book description:
For Tara Krishnan, navigating Brierly, the academically rigorous prep school she attends on scholarship, feels overwhelming and impossible. Her junior year begins in the wake of a startling discovery: A message from an alternate Earth, light years away, is intercepted by NASA. This means that on another planet, there is another version of Tara, a Tara who could be living better, burning brighter, because of tiny differences in her choices.
As the world lights up with the knowledge of Terra Nova, the mirror planet, Tara’s life on Earth begins to change. At first, small shifts happen, like attention from Nick Osterman, the most popular guy at Brierly, and her mother playing hooky from work to watch the news all day. But eventually those small shifts swell, the discovery of Terra Nova like a black hole, bending all the light around it.
As a new era of scientific history dawns and Tara’s life at Brierly continues its orbit, only one thing is clear: Nothing on Earth–and for Tara–will ever be the same again.
So the diversity here was fun to see, but the story was a pretty big letdown. I was expecting some cool plot about the new Terra Nova alternate Earth that was discovered at the beginning, but that was more of a background plot device that served as an excuse for people to do dumb things (like how Tara’s mom flees to California to join some weird cult thing).
Tara’s POV was a serious drag to read from. She had a chip on her shoulder and was just… rather pathetic? Her best friend goes to Argentina for their junior year of high school, so Tara makes it her mission to join the popular group. The entire story was pretty much angsty high school drama with shallow, unlikeable characters.
I’m getting tired of reading all of these books with sad parodies of teen soap opera characters… I’ve never known anyone who’s one of those basic cliches. Who decided that teens are like this and did they ever actually go to high school?!
The writing was ok, but the pacing seriously dragged. The author also used a few lengthy explanations of quantum physics incorrectly, so either she or the characters really didn’t know what they were talking about.
I wish I had called this a DNF. I’ve definitely read books that are waaaaay worse, but this is still not one I’d recommend.
Thank you to the publisher for sending me a review copy!