Format: Paperback, 256 pages
Release Date: September 25, 2018
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Genre: Young Adult / Science Fiction
S. A. Bodeen delivers yet another breathtaking YA thriller, this time set in space, where two teens fight their feelings for each other even as they try to save everyone back on their home ship.
Nothing is as it seems.
These are the first words Kiva's best friend Seth says, after three years of silence.
Kiva thought she was growing up in ancient Alexandria. That's what she and all her classmates had been led to believe by their parents. It turns out she was living in virtual reality, in a sleep chamber in deep space, and three years ago, Seth woke up. Now it's her turn to join him.
Together, Kiva and Seth must take an escape shuttle to search for the engine part their home ship needs to keep running. But it's been a long time since the Krakatoa has communicated with any of the other three ships harboring human civilization.
Hand this to fans of high-concept science fiction and heart-pounding thrillers à la Ender's Game and Passengers.
S.A. Bodeen's The Tomb has to be one of the strangest stories that I have read this year. And, that is saying a whole lot. The story is told in the third person narrative following a girl named Mika Stone. She truly believes that she is growing up in Alexandria. She goes to school, she trains to become a doctor under Alexandria's physician Fai, but she misses her friend Seth, who she hasn't spoken to in 3 years. Then one day, she receives a creepy message from him.
"Your world is as you see it to be. Until it isn't."
After a series of curious events, no, I will not tell you what happens, Kiva wakes up to a new reality. Kiva discovers that she has been a passenger aboard a spaceship (Krakatoa) that left planet Earth. In fact, she's spent entire life in virtual reality while being asleep in suspended animation. It is a reality in which she has been chosen to go along with Seth by adults, IE his father, and her mother, to find a part necessary to repair one of the 4 ships that apparently left Earth a decade or more ago.
In between learning about her new existence, she and Seth argue. They argue some more. Who wouldn't argue when your whole existence has been tossed into space and rearranged and the supposed friend that you haven't seen or talked to in 3 years, has known all along what is happening? Soon thereafter, they meet a creepy scientist onboard another ship, and runs away with a space cat. Nope, not even kidding here.
After escaping from one bizarre situation, they encounter more trouble. Trouble which leads to an open ended ending with nothing available to see if this is part of a series or not. I am pretty sure this book was meant for the younger YA crowd, and those not me who found the characters a bit boring and uninteresting. Then you go and add space pirates, a space cat, a wacky scientist who kills people he doesn't like, and lastly, a witch named Glinda. I kid you not!