Release Date: February 12th, 2012
Finished Date: May 4th, 2012
Publishers: Tor Teen
Source: For Review
The Review: I’ll admit, I had never heard of this book before I was asked to review it and after looking into it, I found out that it had already been released way back in 1983. I know what you’re thinking 1983? For me I was shocked because I wasn’t even born until 1985 and this is probably one of the oldest books I’ve ever read, so I admit I was intrigued to find out why this book was being re-released, when it was released the first time around such a long time ago. And when I found out why, I was pleasantly surprised to hear that the movie rights for the book have been sold…so Earthspeed could be coming to a cinema near you very soon!
Earthseed takes you on an intense and thrilling ride as we join Zoheret and her shipmates; who live on a spaceship called “Ship” that was created by the dying people of Earth. The ship was created in order protect the child and find a habitable planet for them to live and continue their lives on – safely. As Zoheret and friends prepare to survive on their own, the pressure becomes unbearable and Zoheret can not help think can they really survive? And mostly, can her friends stop themselves from turning on one another?
I did like this book, more than I would have thought to start with. I’ll admit, I did struggle with the first 50 pages or so, but once I got used to the authors style of writing and got used to the space reference’s, I found I started to really enjoy it. I don’t know why but I always struggle with sci-fi books more than anything else but I thought the author did a great job bringing creating something new and interesting.
My reason for my 3 star rating was even though Zoheret was my favourite character, I felt that were wasn’t much character development with her or the other characters. It was hard to connect to them and I honestly love characters that I’m really able to root for all of them. But with this I couldn’t, so I didn’t really mind who took Zoheret’s heart or who survived.
Overall, Earthseed is an ideal read for science fiction fans that are looking for something different from your typical YA novel. It wasn’t a favourite of mine but I’d still love to watch it on the big screen.