Losers in Space by John Barnes

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It is the year 2129 . . . and fame is all that matters

Susan and her friends are celebutantes. Their lives are powered by media awareness, fed by engineered meals, and underscored by cynicism. Everyone has a rating; the more viewers who ID you, the better. So Susan and her almost-boyfriend Derlock cook up a surefire plan: the nine of them will visit a Mars-bound spaceship and stow away. Their survival will be a media sensation, boosting their ratings across the globe. There's only one problem: Derlock is a sociopath. Breakneck narrative, pointed cultural commentary, warm heart, accurate science, a kickass heroine, and a ticking clock . . . who could ask for more?

About John Barnes

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John Barnes is the author of Tales of the Madman Underground, as well as many science fiction novels for adults. He lives in Denver, Colorado.
Published April 12, 2012 by Viking Books for Young Readers. 448 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Above average
on Jan 04 2012

...some dialogue is heavy with math and science particulars, and less scientifically minded readers may find themselves skimming conversations about the mass and acceleration of mud or the statistical likelihood of a distress call being received. Overall, accessible, gripping and poignant.

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NY Times

Reviewed by Jonathan Liu on Apr 06 2012

Barnes succeeds marvelously in projecting the 2129 future of our media-­saturated YouTube society.

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Publishers Weekly

Feb 27 2012

What keeps this book rolling is Barnes’s unfailing ability to draw readers into his characters’ lives and perils

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Reviewed by Antonia

Scientifically sound, ethically dubious and utterly brilliant

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Once Upon a Twilight

Below average
Reviewed by Deitre on Apr 15 2012

Unfortunately, I made no major connection with the characters as I feel that their development was not the biggest goal here.

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Reviewed by Angela Leeper

He also knows how to tell a thrilling story

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The Readventurer

Below average
Reviewed by Tatiana on May 04 2012

...this novel could have been such a riot, if Barnes didn't choose to force the infodumps down the readers' throats

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Notes From the Bedside Table

Reviewed by Rene' Kirkpatrick on Sep 26 2011

Such an adventure-so much fun to read. Kept me on the front porch for hours, sitting in one spot until I was done. I hurt later, but it was worth every popping joint and tight muscle.

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Mysterious Galaxy

Reviewed by PMH

Losers in Space is in keeping with the old Heinlein juveniles, only with more of today’s sensibility and scientific knowledge.

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