Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult
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t’s one kid versus an entire band of space pirates in this cosmic middle grade caper from New York Times bestselling author Dan Wells.
Zero is just one of 20,000 people aboard a spaceship bound for a new planet set to be colonized. The journey is over a century long but luckily, everyone is in stasis, so they’ll be safe and sound asleep during the trip. Everyone that is, except for Zero, whose pod has malfunctioned, waking him up a hundred years early. His initial excitement in roaming the ship alone quickly turns to a heart-stopping interstellar adventure when a family of space pirates show up, trying to hijack the ship and take the colonizers hostage. With everyone he knows fast asleep, it’s up to Zero to think fast and find a way to stop them–all on his own.
The full cast for this production includes Emily Woo Zeller, Margaret Ying Drake, Betsy Hogg, Josh Hurley, Jonathan Davis, Jennifer Van Dyck, Chelsea Spack, Charlie Thurston, David Shih, Eunice Wong, Eddy Lee, Allyson Johnson, and Polly Lee.
©2018 Dan Wells (P)2018 Audible Originals, LLC.
This is very much a children’s book so while it has an interesting concept, the execution is very simplistic. All of the characters are rather shallow and undeveloped. It is entertaining, but probably more so for younger listeners. The author did take a pretty accurate view of most of the science though, which is a plus. However, this colony ship that was supposed to travel for 100 years seemed to have very little planning and contingency plans, with way too many single points of failure in their execution and security, which is perhaps a bit insulting even to child readers.