Today I am a stop on the Debris Dreams blog tour, hosted by Bewitching Book Tours. I apologize to both the host and the author for missing my original date, and thanks to them for letting me post late!
Title: Debris Dreams
Author: David Colby
Release Date: November 13, 2012
Publisher: Candlemark & Gleam
Source: Publisher for blog tour
Genre: YA, Science Fiction, LGBT
Page Count: 292
1.5 million kilometers above the surface of the Earth
Drusilla Xao has only seen a tree in movies and vid-games. She has never breathed air that wasn’t recycled, re-filtered, and re-used a hundred times over again. She has never set foot on the Earth.
And now she never will.
When a terrorist attack by a radical separatist group on Luna destroys the space elevator that had called so many – including her parents – to live permanently in space, Dru is cut off from any hope of ever reaching Earth and her beloved girlfriend, Sarah. The Chinese-American Alliance declares immediate war on the rebels and conscripts everyone they can get their hands on…including Dru.
Cast adrift, forced to become a soldier, trapped in a nightmare of vacuum and loneliness, Dru’s training will help her survive, but only Sarah will be able to bring her home. (summary from goodreads)
I have to admit, I was initially drawn to Debris Dreams because the summary mentions that the main character, Drusilla, has a girlfriend. I haven’t found a lot of YA science fiction with a gay main character, so I excited to see it here. Now that I think about it, I haven’t found a lot of YA science fiction, either.
Debris Dreams is a fantastic book. It’s the kind of YA book that makes me happy because it’s about something important: war and the effects of war on soldiers. Even better for me, it doesn’t delve into too much romance. Yeah, Drusilla has a girlfriend, but that relationship is something that helps keep Dru sane in a very insane situation, not the entire focus of the book. So refreshing!
Dru is conscripted into a war she doesn’t want to fight after Lunar terrorists attack the space elevator that connects Earth and the Hub, effectively cutting off any chance Spacers have of returning to Earth. Dru herself has never been to Earth; she was born in space. But she dreams of going to Earth one day, to meet her girlfriend, Sarah.
I loved how real Dru was. After her parents are killed in the attack, she can’t help but be glad they died, and not her. I gotta say, if a big disaster happened, and heaven forbid, something happened to people I loved and I was alive … yeah. I’d be happy I was alive, too.
The science aspects of Debris Dreams aren’t dumbed down for the YA audience. A lot of it, especially the physics explanations, kind of flew over my head, but I appreciated the effort the author put into explaining space combat. It helped me imagine how each battle played out, as well as imagine the horrors of those battles.
And that’s the message behind Debris Dreams: war is horrible. I cared about Dru and her fellow cadets, and rooted for them every time they got into a shitstorm. And unfortunately, there were plenty of those with the dunderheads in charge of the war.
The only nitpicking I have with Debris Dreams is that the slang used by Dru and other characters isn’t translated. Usually I can figure out what slang words would relate to, but in this book, it’s a mix of Mandarin, English, Cantonese, and even some Swahili.
While the book is aimed at teens, I’d recommend it to an older audience as well. Admit it, no matter how old you are, you’ve always wondered just how astronauts go to the bathroom in space … now you’re about to find out.
Lastly, if Debris Dreams piqued your interest, or you enjoyed it, I’d recommend Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card for further reading.
Rating: 4 owls
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