The premise of our story is that Earth receives a message that an alien planet is judging the fate of humanity, with the possible (most likely) outcome resulting in the extermination of humanity. While the masses lose their damn minds, 3 young adults all try and deliver messages or visit people important to them while they still have time. On the surface, it’s a basic OHMYGODALIENSWEGONNADIE story. However, the author delivers some great depth and exploration of character and captures the nuances of teens/young adults faced with the possible end of their planet. Pretty impressive stuff, especially for a debut novel.
The story focuses on the three main characters and their particular situations, rather than on the aliens too much. If you’re looking for space action, this is not the book for you. If you’re interested in human connections, crossed paths, and the realities of how people prioritize in possible life-ending situations, give it a go. Double plus bonus for weaving in queer relationships, mental health struggles, and income inequalities with a light hand. There is no “after school special” ham fistedness here, it’s just…life. Real people, dealing with how to wrap up their loose ends while they still have time.
I admit, the very last bit of it a felt a bit rushed. As I was running low on remaining pages, I couldn’t see how all of the loose ends would be tied up and …it could have been a bit more fleshed out. But honestly, the book overall was so well written and engaging, I let it slide. 10/10 would recommend for adults and teens alike.