I don’t plan to write book reviews on this blog too often anymore, but when I come across a really good book, I can’t help but share it. Do You Dream Of Terra-Two? is nothing short of a masterpiece, and I am seriously in awe of Temi Oh’s incredible story-spinning skills. With complex character arcs and a thrilling plot, this science fiction novel is a must read.
About the Book
A century ago, an astronomer discovered an Earth-like planet orbiting a nearby star. She predicted that one day humans would travel there to build a utopia. Today, ten astronauts are leaving everything behind to find it. Four are veterans of the twentieth century’s space-race.
And six are teenagers who’ve trained for this mission most of their lives.
It will take the team twenty-three years to reach Terra-Two. Twenty-three years locked 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.
When people ask me “what’s your favourite book”, since I review and absolutely love books, I actually have a hard time giving a response. The truth is, I’ve read some pretty incredible books, but there’s isn’t a singular book that stands out as my all time favorite.
However, I’ve got to say, this book has definitely made my favourite books list. The tippy top of it.
The book started off somewhat slow. Not enough to let me forget about it, or leave it to the side, but it took me a few days to get through. While the beginning parts were quite interesting, overall it wasn’t necessarily pushing me to read it all in one sitting.
But to be honest, the best books I read, I don’t finish in one sitting.
What makes this book stand out is its incredible complexity, and the level of depth and humanness of its characters. Oh seamlessly weaves in existentialism and the fleetness of life while exploring the nature of humanity. It’s truly a thought provoking book, and really stands out from the typical YA novels.
This book is very much driven by the characters, who are all so skillfully developed that there almost doesn’t feel like a “main character”. The character arcs are beautifully done, with carefully crafted conflicts and resolutions.
The ending of a story is often the deciding factor between a disappointing book, a good book, and an amazing book. I come across books that get me really excited because the whole book is stellar, but then I get to the end and can’t help but feel really disappointed. Or I feel nothing. Or I don’t feel enough.
Oh, while not explicit per-say, wraps up each character’s “conflict” really well without outright spelling everything out for you. I’d say that’s the power of a really good book and a talented author.
Overall, I highly recommend this book. It is a must read for this generation, and piques your curiosity for what’s out there in space and how society runs. If anything, Do You Dream of Terra-Two? should become a classic of 21st century literature.