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The Mayflower Project (Remnants #1)

3.70  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,054 Ratings  ·  86 Reviews
From K.A. Applegate, best-selling author of Animorphs and Everworld, comes a dark and powerful new series that begins with the end of Earth as we know it. The end of the world. Not something most people really think about. Not something we expect to ever really happen. But what if you found out that an asteroid the size of New Jersey was about to collide with the earth? Wh ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published May 1st 2003 by Scholastic Inc. (first published June 1st 2001)
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Jul 05, 2012 Kay rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: the mayan calendar
I've always been a huge fan of Katherine Applegate's Animorphs and Everworld series, and enjoyed every re-reading. It never occurred to me until recently to pick up Remnants, partly because no fan of Applegate ever talked about the series.

After reading the first book, I think I know why.

Plot Summary

The world is ending. Not because of a nuclear meltdown or global warming, which is presumably under our own control, but for cataclysmic events out of our control.


Hopelessly underprepared
Feb 10, 2010 Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nostalgia
Why am I rereading books for teens/young adults? Call it nostalgia - I think I'm trying to recreate the joy I felt as a kid when I read books for fun. Maybe it'll help me get over the automatic lethargy I experience when picking up a book to read nowadays.

Anyways, I picked this book up again primarily to revist K.A. Applegate's vision of the year 2010-2011, and whether her vision from 2001 of the future would match up to today. To her credit, she basically took some of the newer technologies an
A huge asteroid is coming towards the Earth and there’s no way to stop it. For most people, there’s also no way to escape. Only 80 people can leave the Earth before impact. They will leave in a space shuttle using untested technology and they’ll spend the trip in hibernation. Their only hope is finding a new planet to live on. But what are the chances of that happening?

I've seen a couple of movies where an asteroid is about to hit the Earth but in the last moment somebody does something that sav
Rating: 4.5/5

Remnants! A series written by Katherine Applegate and Michael Grant back in 2001 about an asteroid that's going to destroy Earth. NASA gives eighty people a chance to survive; they'll be sent off into space to a planet that they hope is habitable. The series faded off into obscurity fairly quickly after it was written, now being out of print and forgotten... to everyone except me. I'm actually reading this book for the first time, if you can believe it. That just shows you how big o
M Suzanne
Dec 26, 2011 M Suzanne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: kids 12 and older
I realize this a series for older children...early teens? maybe. But i found this book in with a whole set of Animorph books i bought for one of my adopted Grandsons. I found the books at our local Salvation Army store. Now i am hooked! Remnants is packed with good story telling and truly makes you want to keep reading the story. Sigh! i am now searching the used book stores for these books. There are 14 in the series. It starts out with a group of people leaving does she tell this ...more
Aaron Burke
Jan 26, 2009 Aaron Burke rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Julie Decker
Aug 10, 2014 Julie Decker rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In a futuristic world only a generation away from when the book was written, Internet culture has led to people being able to choose their own names and stay interconnected constantly, though some people deliberately withdraw and celebrate the past in their counterculture. Jobs is a teen whose parents are in the aerospace industry, and his best friend Mo'Steel is a thrill-seeking goofball but they get along. Then one day they find out they're all gonna die. Because an asteroid is on a collision ...more
4willauer C
Dec 11, 2015 4willauer C rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book "Remnants" by K. A. Applegate is a thrilling science fiction novel. The main character, Jobs, is a teenage boy who is one of eighty selected to leave Earth when a asteroid threatens to strike and possibly destroy the world. Jobs tells Mo, his best friend, "there's an asteroid that is going to hit earth. I don't want to ruin your day, but it kind of looks like the world is going to end" (19). Mo's response is very calm about this information but later in the book as their fears become a ...more
An okay story, but could've been way better though. Lagging on many parts where there should have been more. Also, too quick. Not enough information to find out what is even going on. An upside, this book had some humor. And actually, I'll admit, made me laugh out loud in some parts. It was comical in places for sure.
May 14, 2008 Haruki rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is such a thrilling book! I love it 100%! It was hard for me to ever put this book down but now I've finally finished it. I highly recommend it to those who like suspense and action. You'll get so into it once you want to find out what happens to the earth when the asteroid comes and certain characters as well.
Matt Mazenauer
Jul 10, 2007 Matt Mazenauer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Better than her previous series, Animorphs, this is a solid sci-fi intro to a new world. Modern, believable protagonists are thrown into an interesting situation, and I enjoy her vision of the world in 10 years.
Andrea Gratton
I am trying to start reading science fiction books, and I thought The Mayflower Project would be a good introduction to the genre; however, I was disappointed. Although the premise of the story was interesting and even enjoyable, I found that this book had too many characters for me to easily follow the plot. Each chapter seemed to focus on a different set of characters, which I found confusing. Characters would come in and out of the plot so often that I had trouble remembering whom everyone wa ...more
I picked up this book at a garage sale when I was about ten and I was TERRIFIED. Later, I tracked it down at the library so I could read the rest of it and I was STILL terrified. (view spoiler) I couldn't get through the rest of the series...probably just not my thing.
Feb 17, 2014 Catherine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
This one messed with my head.
It’s supposed to be for younger readers, 9-12 years, but the tone is more than I think I could have handled at nine years old.
First published in 2001, the Remnants series is set a few years in the future. The world is about to be destroyed by a huge meteorite impact, and humanity has no way to survive. As a last ditch to stop our species from dying out, 80 people are chosen to board the Mayflower – a ramshackle space shuttle fitted with deep sleep capsules – and are
Shell Hunt
Can this book really be classified as YF?
The Mayflower Project is a short story about several different characters and their journeys to get off Earth before a big asteroid destroys the planet.
The book surprised me as a YF, the ideas and sub-plots are super dark. Some very sad issues are touched on that are probably more fact-filled than the average person wants to admit, bureaucracies and life-preservation. I don't really know about recommending this to young YF, maybe after like 15 or someone
Jul 29, 2013 M rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is surprisingly dark for the audience it's aimed at - even darker than Animorphs, really. The deaths can be rather graphic, and Applegate does a very good job of making the reader feel the pervading sense of dread and hopelessness caused by the imminent end of the world. The plot moves quickly, perhaps a little too quickly - despite including the destruction of Earth, it somehow ended up feeling like not a whole lot happened. Of course, this book is mostly set up, and it's not till the next ...more
N.T. Embe [Moved to Leafmarks]
Dec 20, 2012 N.T. Embe [Moved to Leafmarks] rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Sci-fi, Dystopian, Thriller, Suspense lovers and more.
Recommended to N.T. Embe by: My Sister, Michelle

Holy this is not a book for kids.

This book may be under two hundred pages in length but it is intense in a way very few books I've read have ever been. It's still got my heart racing a little bit to be honest. My heart is RACING! Holy crap! Do you know how odd it is that a book would thrill me this much?! And this is a middle-grade or young-adult book? THIS is a book for young teens?! This book is INSANE! In the best, most gripping, suspenseful, thrilling, horrifying, amazing, disgusting, shocki
So when I'm choosing a book to read, I have to be honest, I get the book that has a cover that attracts me. The cover for this isn't the worst, but it's not something I'd normally go for. I gave this book a chance because K.A. Applegate and I had loved her Animorphs series.I'm glad I did.

The font type and spacing made this extremely easy to read but I found the broken sentences distracting. The POV changes a lot and I can see what the author was trying to do but I found that the voices blended t
Madison Salem
Hmm, suppose it's okay... I kinda prefer her other series, Animorphs. With Remnants, you pretty much have to read the books in the correct order so you can understand everything; you don't have to do that so much with Animorphs, not until the very end at least. My local library doesn't always have certain books avalible because all copies are checked out or destroyed or whatever, which makes it hard to read series like this... Anyway, getting off topic. Remnants is sort of unrealistic right now, ...more
Mar 29, 2008 Wendy rated it really liked it
I picked up the first 4 books in this series because I absolutely loved Applegate's Everworld series. So I thought I would try this one as well. I love sci-fi and like to read 'end of the world' books so this sounded right up my alley. I decided to go ahead and start the series even though I only have the first 4 and there are a total of 14, because my dd read this book and said that she did not care for it.

I am currently on #4 and all I can say is 'Waaahhhhaaaa!! I don't have anymore of the ser
David Upshall 205 English class
Did you find that the book fulfilled your expectations? Where you disappointed?
The book definatly fulfilled my expectations I thought the book was amazing, i saw the cover and was automatically interested. I was disappointed by the ending, because it ended so abruptly. I thought it was going to end dramatically like the rest of the book.
Did you enjoy the book? Why? Why not?
Yes. I enjoyed it. I enjoyed it because it was different. It wasn’t like other book where i
Chad Poker
The book "Remnants" was not the greatest of the many books i have read but it was still a legit novel. I chose this book to read because my when i read the summary it seemed very interesting. The summary basically said it was about an asteroid that was going to destroy earth but there is one shuttle that will leave earth and only take a few amount of people, including Jobs the main character and his family. This book had lots of action, adventure, and suuspense all which i like in books. The aut ...more
Luis Carlos
Feb 09, 2014 Luis Carlos rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I LOVE IT!!!!I was given this book at such a young age(and never read it).......So one day,in my early teens,I read it and...I LOVE IT!!!!It was actually one of the couple of books that made me cry because of a sad scene..well actually 2..but in case...I can't wait for the day I am going to read the 2nd book..I hope is filled with action and death(and possibly a little romance).My fav. character was 2face...loved her from the beginning.
Azri Gladstone
Apr 01, 2016 Azri Gladstone rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I personally think this is the most interesting book of the series that I've seen. I'm just a few in though, so perhaps another will come that I prefer. This book read very quickly after I got started on it. It's so short that I kept putting off sleep because there was only x number of pages left and I "might as well just finish it". Good though. A bit of a wacky book of course, but a fun read.


I picked this up because I loved Applegate's Animorphs series and thought it would be interesting to have a look at her other work. It was fine, but didn't really stand alone. It was more like a prologue to an overarching narrative. As a book on its own, it's not that good, but since it's only the very beginning, you have to read a few more books before you make a judgement on the series.

One thing that has to be said, this is pretty terrifying. Exhaustive descriptions of death and apocalyptic sc
Aiyanna Eileen
Oct 19, 2010 Aiyanna Eileen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was five when I read this book and I loved it then as much as I do now. I think I might need to reread it though in order to refresh my memory of some of the characters but I know for sure I would recommend it.

This book reminds me of the movie 2012. In this futuristic story the government knows the Apocalsypse is upon us and they begin quickly building a shuttle to another planet with experimental technology including things like hibernation pods. The seats on this shuttle off our doomed plan
This book, or the whole series really, is probably one of the darkest "teen/young adult" books/series I've ever read. I absolutely love it. It was like nothing I had ever read before. Sci-fi, fantasy,'s a bit of everything.
I remember this book. This was one of the first books that actually made me cry when I was younger. I don't even remember how old I was. But I remember it was around Sept. 11.

This book is about a young man who witnesses the end of the world. In a nutshell, a piece of space rock of unimaginable proportions is about to collide with Earth. (view spoiler)

What follows is a sad
Krystl Louwagie
Jan 29, 2012 Krystl Louwagie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I actually wasn't expecting much from this book-short, young adult book where an asteroid is going to hit and destroy the earth. Earth has a last ditch hurried effort to build a type of Noah's Ark of people in pods, technology that's not done being tested, etc. Chapters are short, kind of nice. Jumps around between a lot of different perspectives, but I thought they were interesting and well done-characterization was done pretty well, especially since there was such a short amount of time to dev ...more
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Applegate was born in Michigan in 1956. Since then she has lived in Texas, Florida, California, Minnesota, Illinois, North Carolina, and after living in Pelago, Italy for a year, she has moved back to Southern California. She has an eleven year old son named Jake Mates, although she says the Animorph leader is not named after him. In 2003 she and her husband, Michael Grant, her co-author on many p ...more
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