Book Review: Do You Dream of Terra Two? By Temi Oh

 

Publisher: Saga

Publishing Date: August 2019

ISBN: 9781534437401

Genre: SciFi

Rating: 2.2/5

Publishers Description: 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.

Review: Remember how I mentioned in other reviews that the English (UK) style of writing leans towards the verbose, novels almost entirely constructed of dialogue. I think that’s where they find enjoyment…in the carefully constructed interactions of PEEEEEEEEEEEEEEOPLE. So while reading this my mind wandered a bit as self-rumination was preferable to the idiots on the page, yap-yap yapping away.

So where the creative was lacking (finite world building) and the characters were fairly one dimensional (teenagers) the writing was so elegant and perfect. The flow is wonderful and does not lack in technical construction.

So what we have is a good technical writer that lacks some experience in the creative, mainly movement to build characters while enhancing the story line. The story needed to move out of the mouths and heads of adolescents and embrace this new universe and all it’s impossibilities. Attempts were made along the way in the form of a major disaster yet quickly morphed back into the old dialogue toad it was before. Additionally a good portion of the novel should have resided on Terra-Two….just sayin’.

I really think (and who cares, right?) that Temi is going to be a really good novelist once the creative gaps are bridged.

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2 thoughts on “Book Review: Do You Dream of Terra Two? By Temi Oh

  1. Who cares? Me. Just read a glowing 5 star review of this, so yours adds some much needed balance.

  2. Thank you, I appreciate that.

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