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Nowhereville (Nowhereville #1)

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After his mother's death, sixteen year old Seth Bradley chooses to leave behind his friends, his school, and his entire life within the rusted, broken down space station Ticonderoga. With his sister Jenna in tow, he sets out to join a father he barely knows in the orbital city of Grass Valley, a monument to human achievement floating three hundred miles above the Earth.
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Published June 8th 2011 by Sean Campbell (first published June 7th 2011)
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Lucien
Jun 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing
It isn't often that I am engaged with science fiction works. I generally find them to be too over-thought, over theorized and frankly over indulgent works. So I am thankful and thoroughly entertained when a book takes me to a futuristic world, that is not only plausible but welcomes the reader with excitement and energy. Nowhereville accomplishes that and much more. Great plot, fast paced story telling and some very interesting concepts. A must read.
Laura
Aug 03, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
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Marise Ghorayeb
Jun 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! First of all, the environment was both original and described with enough detail that the settings really came to life. In my experience that’s a rare combination. Furthermore, most of the techno-jargon was completely plausible which always makes a book more real to me. The characters were also both realistic and loveable. But the best part of this story is how quickly it moves along. I love a story that’s full of excitement and adventure. I’m even more impressed when the read ...more
Rachel Coles
Aug 01, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nowhereville is the beginning of a courageous story arc about young siblings who move to an off-Earth colony to start a new life with their previously absentee father, and about a young woman who is trying to find her place in a budding Martian revolution with contacts in the same colony. Nothing turns out the way any of them expect, as the colony becomes a crucible for multiple world-changing events, into which the young people are thrown. Add to this an evolving race of intelligent robots evok ...more
Mandy
Aug 08, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
This was a First Read book I received from the Goodreads Giveaway program.
This was a very easy book to read and I found it difficult to put down, which suprised me as I am not really an avid si fi reader.
The main characters are very believable, and the dialogue between them is what I would expect as typical of siblings. Interesting plot, well thought out, though as this is Part One of a set, this has set the scene, introduced characters, some briefly at this time, and it certainly leaves you fee
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carole
Jul 03, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Right from the beginning of Nowhereville there's so much going on. We have Seth and Jenna who have just faced tragedy and are going to live with a father they barely know. We have Ava who is in trouble or is trouble. All of this happens on a space station that may become the center of a Mars and Earth war that is building in the background. But, even with everything that's going on it's easy to get absorbed in the descriptions that the author administers. The setting of the book is what makes it ...more
Katie
Aug 04, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Let me start by saying I don't read Sci-Fi....it's never been my thing. It's usually hard to follow and there is too much going on for me to really feel as if I am escaping reality. Now that i have gotten that out...let me just tell you how much I LOVED this book. Nowhereville was a surprisingly awesome change of pace from what I normally read. There was a lot of world building in this story which usually detracts from everything else for me...but it didn't in this case. The descriptions were so ...more
Emily
Jun 27, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
A nice young adult Science fiction novel. About two teens who loose their mother in an accident that occurs on the space station where they grow up. Leaving them with no choice but to move to Grass Valley another space station more up to date and larger than they have ever seen, It's like having earth floating about in space. Here they find it hard to settle into the new surroundings especially as the Martian war breaks out . They see their prior home destroyed and then suffer through and deal w ...more
A Book Vacation
This is a very interesting concept. I enjoyed how Campbell set up his debut novel as it is fast paced and shrouded in mystery. We meet Seth, Jenna, and Ava around the same time, but Ava has something to hide, something big. The chapters alternate back and forth between the characters as they go their separate ways and the world around them begins to crumble as Grass Valley is attacked by Martians. Campbell really sets up his novel well, explaining the different space stations and the people that ...more
Ginger Myrick
Mar 03, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is a great little read. Actually more like 4.5 stars than just 4. The only reason not a 5 being a few instances of awkward phrasing at the outset. But once the author hit his stride, it was a believeable romp reminiscent of Ray Bradbury's Martian Chronicles. Fast moving and compelling, you are engaged from the first page. The characters are well-fleshed and relateable, the sibling relationship authentic. The author even tugs at your emotions with a robot who is more human than machine. ...more
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Sean Campbell began writing at the age of fourteen, and it was a complete disaster. A sample Beavis & Butthead script earned him a spot in the Greenville Fine Arts Center’s Film/Video program, where he finished his first feature-length screenplay at the tender age of sixteen. By day, he’s a mild-mannered Broadcast Operations Technician at a local television news station, but by night he writes ...more
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