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Do You Dream of Terra-Two?

By: Temi Oh
Narrated by: Nneka Okoye
Length: 14 hrs and 19 mins
4 out of 5 stars (81 ratings)

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Summary

The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet meets The 100 in this unforgettable debut by a brilliant new voice.

A century ago, scientists theorised that a habitable planet existed in a nearby solar system. Today, 10 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.

©2019 Temi Oh (P)2019 Simon & Schuster UK

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Are We Nearly There Yet?

I left our intrepid crew of astronauts after about seven hours into the book as they were trying to decide how to cheer one of their number up on their birthday. I felt as if I had heard enough and this simply isn't a book that suits me at all. I've had a quick check and reviews are mostly more positive than mine with an indication that if I keep listening for another three of four hours then things might start happening.

I'm probably, therefore, rating it a little harshly but I can't give a book that didn't grab my attention enough that I at least finish it any better! What is certain is that this is a very character-focused work, there is a lot of internal wrangling by the multiple characters whose point of view we see the story through. The plot kind of limps along behind a lot of angst and if this will appeal to anyone it's those that enjoy a lot of in-depth character development in a sci-fi setting.

I'll definitely pop back to see if others have got more out of it and to see if I have made a mistake by abandoning ship at this point as the performance by Nneka Okoye was pleasing enough and Temi Oh invests a lot into her characters rounding them all out very fully.

It just felt lacking in terms of plot development and eventually, my patience ran out, like a child on a long distance car journey I kept asking, are we nearly there yet?

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Listenable, but flawed

Firstly, I could have done with it saying somewhere in the description that it's a book for teenagers or young adults as I believe they're called now. That way I'd have been far less disappointed with the sketchy characterisation and simplistic development.
Once you realise it's a kids book, then the stereotypes and standard tropes make more sense and the book transforms from a vaguely irritating listen to a middling one.
On that basis it just about stays the right side of silly (were it a proper hard science fiction novel it would cross the line into downright ludicrous.)
That said, the narrator does a passable job of bringing two dimensional characters to life and it's nice for a change to see a publisher promote a book that's not written by or read by white middle aged men.

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Do You Dream of Terra-Two? I do now!!!

I love this book. What a brilliant story sci-fi with a human interest story. I was not expecting those plot twists and now I can’t wait to know what happens next. There must be a sequel! What a brilliant new voice.
And the narrator was wonderful too! She brought the characters to life.
Excellent debut novel. I loved it.

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Masterful writing

Strong characters, rollercoaster plot, gripping descriptions of food (yes) and a sci-fi setting that doesn't take shortcuts around the science.

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Good listen

I enjoyed this book it’s well read and has a good story line it’s a easy listen which doesn’t take much concentration to follow
It’s down sides are no real twists or surprises that you don’t see coming a mile off
And it spends a lot of time filling out the characters
In some cases unnecessarily
But I did enjoy it for the most part

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Wonderful

An absolutely wonderful narrative, beautifully told. A charecter driven sci-fi reminiscent of Ishiguro's work. Oh's charecters are brilliant, compelling, and flawed in the best possible way. A coming of age story set in space. Oh poses sharp and interesting questions, seamlessly juggling the huge broad questions of society with the more individual personal perspective allowing them to interplay and inform each eachother.
WonderfuIy performed, I can't wait to listen to Terra 2 again and again.
And I at least will be looking out for whatever Temi Oh writes next!

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Growing pains & the meaning of life in space!

Excellent story, great idea with so much potential but just way too slow in pace!

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Teen teen teen. Not what I was expecting

Hmmm, could have been good but was just too teen.
When I was a teenager I remember reading Frank Herbert and Clive Barker, great books. This could have been but just missed out. Too predictable, just not as good as I had hoped.

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Self-indulgent rubbish set in Space.

This story is badly narrated, boring and chaotic. In a strange way, it parodies, without trying, the mawkish sentimentality of our time: Feelings and ideas come before facts, Critical thinking and logic out the window. I wasted a credit for this. Avoid.

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Skip to the last two hours.

Nearly gave up on this after it seemed to be going nowhere but the last few hours were not too bad and I found it quiet intresting and well put together. Unfortunately, the many hours at the beginning did mot make the ending any better and could and should have been shortened without losing much. Only my opinion tho.

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  • naruvoll
  • 23-04-19

DNF, couldn’t get that into it

I didn’t finish. I got about six hours in finally decided that I couldn’t tell you what the story was about.


There’s nothing particularly wrong with it. The characters are well drawn. The world seems interesting enough. Though pointlessly so up to the point I reached. There was plenty of social discomfort. Possibly too much.

I just couldn’t see where it was going in any way that interested me. Everyone’s goals and how they were going to play against each other just wasn’t clear to me. And I was tired of waiting for it to become clear.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 21-09-19

I was hooked and was sad when the book was over

Absolutely enjoyed the book. Would love to have a part 2.

While the book is superficially a sci-fi book about travel to another planet, it's really a study of psychology.

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  • Stephen
  • 12-01-19

Terrible

Weak plot and character development. The most uninspired monotone narration I have encountered. I could not finish it.

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  • K
  • 07-04-19

This is literary (not flashy) speculative fiction

This is a psychological science fiction novel and not a space opera or tech-driven novel. The technology is only a smidge into the future. Instead, this is about ethics, making human decisions, and choosing to explore.

I read (actually listened to) the book because Audible suggested it had a bit in common with Becky Chambers' Wayfarers series. I think that is accurate (although, even Chambers' series has more high-tech flash). I also thought this book was similar to Meg Howrey's The Wanderers (although, Howrey's book also has more tech than Oh's).

Bottom line -- the book is beautiful. This is true literary speculative fiction But, perhaps not for you if you like flash in your sci-fi.

The characters are racially and class-wise diverse (I think, they are British, so this American has a difficult time "reading" some markers). Sadly, the crew seems overly straight/cisgendered. There is a bit of neurodiversity among the characters.

The reader was good w/ a light British accent that was understandable to my American ears. She portrayed a lot of emotion well.

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