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Dove Arising

(Dove Chronicles #1)

3.59  ·  Rating details ·  1,746 ratings  ·  308 reviews
Fans of Ender's Game  and The Maze Runner will love this smart sci-fi debut!

Phaet Theta has lived her whole life in a colony on the Moon. She’s barely spoken since her father died in an accident nine years ago. She cultivates the plants in Greenhouse 22, lets her best friend talk for her, and stays off the government’s radar.

Then her mother is arrested.

The only way to sa
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published February 24th 2015 by Viking Books for Young Readers
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DNF at 40%

I was so excited and looking forward to reading this book, and was beyond excited when I was approved through the Penguin First to Read program. Ultimately there were a few too many issues for me to enjoy this book.

I really should start re-reading the summary blurbs before starting the book - it might save me a lot of concerns and issues. Instead, I spent the first 15% irritated that the main character, Phaet, hadn't said a single word or responded in any sort of way to anyone that spo
Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)
2.5 Stars

I am kind of having a hard time figuring out my thoughts about this book. On one hand, it was enjoyable and I liked the characters. On the other hand, there were some flaws and some parts that seemed like they were straight out of Divergent, among other books.

First of all, this book is set on the moon. The moon. That is pretty fantastic in itself. Of course, things on the moon are not all happy and wonderful, because that would be a boring book. But when it starts, Phaet (pronounced lik
Jen Ryland
I'm not the most experienced sci-fi reader, but somehow the idea of a book set on the moon really captured my imagination. While I did find much to like about this book, there were also some things that prevented me from loving it.

For me, Dove Arising started out strong. We see Phaet and her best friend Umbriel working in the greenhouses, where food for her moon colony is genetically engineered. We also see cool futuristic technology -- maybe you joke about your phone being glued to your hand? I
Karen’s Library
Feb 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
This was a decent sci-fi dystopian story set on the moon. 15 year old Phaet (pronounced Fate) joins the Moon’s military for the pay needed to pay her mom’s medical bills and support her siblings. If she makes it to the top of her class, she’ll become a Sergeant which will give her enough pay to continue supporting her family.

There was some really great sci-fi tech in here, and I really enjoyed Phaet and Wes's friendship. The book ended on a bit of a cliffhanger so I need to find out what happens
I liked the story idea of going off to military school to save your mother. I feel the story lagged in a lot of spots. Felt myself bored and withdrawn from the characters. Like how many times did they have to say she was 15. She was the youngest. She was the smallest. Like oh well. I get that. I really wanted to like this one. Just wasn't that into it. ...more
Jessica (The Psychotic Nerd)
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I received an ecopy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I guess I have an odd soft spot for dystopian books. I think I read only the first sentence of the synopsis and immediately added it to my TBR list! A dystopian society on the moon? Yes please! And this was a good book.

Phaet lives in a Moon colony with her sister, brother, and mom. When her mom is taken into quarantine for having a fever, Phaet and her siblin
Jun 08, 2014 marked it as to-read-arc-or-galley
Have a preview galley for this book, so I'll write a brief reflection on this soon. I'm also hoping to be able to read the full work on this eventually, whether by galley or for the actual release. *fingers crossed* ...more
I received Dove Arising from the publisher via from First To Read in return for an honest review. Phaet lives on the moon she works in the garden and hopes to one day be a bioengineer. However that is never meant to happen when her mom becomes sick only to end up on trial and Phaet with her younger siblings is sent to shelter. Knowing the only way to take care of her siblings is to join the Militia Phaet signs up being one of the youngest trainees and not only does she succeed in finishing the t ...more
Ravanna Dee
Aug 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book was a great read. Most books always try to make everything work out. For example, the bad guys lose, and the good guys win...bla... bla...bla...Sometimes I think that books shouldn't always end like a fairy tale. So when an author does something you don't see coming, you get this kind of thrill inside you. Anticipation if you will. And I love when I find a book that does that...Anyway, there was somethings that I think could have been made better, but I still loved this book. I loved h ...more
Jun 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: science fiction lovers
I decided to pick up two books I have never heard of and this is one of them. After reading the premise of this book I decided to pick it up. The idea of people living on the moon is not new but it's still fun to read about especially if the government has major issues like in this book. This "moon city" has some issues, there is disease and shelters that are not so nice.
The main character Phaet, pronounced fate, is really tough she would do anything to help her family. Even though she did not
Anna - Boktycke | the.perks.of.being.anna
Actual rating: 3,5 stars.

A little too easy to predict but otherwise good. An impressive debut.

Review in Swedish at Boktycke.
review originally posted on Rather Be Reading:

I may not be a huge science fiction reader but I am a big fan of eclectic reading palettes and debut writers — especially when those debut writers wrote their book secretly during their senior year in high school. It’s so darn impressive!

I felt a strong Mulan vibe from the moment I started Dove Arising. Main character Phaet (“fate”) and Mulan have a lot in common — both are willing to go to great lengths for the ones they love, even if it means putti
Lauren Stoolfire
Actual rating 2.5 rounded up to 3 full stars.

Phaet (pronounced "fate") Theta lives on Moon Base IV and works as a Greenhouse 22 Gardener Assistant. She hasn't spoken much of anything in the nine years since her father died, but she lets her best friend, Umbriel, do most of the talking for her - and like others she stays off the government's radar. Things change after her mother is arrested because the only way for Phaet to keep her younger brother and sister safe is by enlisting in the Militia a
Feb 28, 2014 added it
Shelves: bea2014, dnf
I am DNFing on page 126. I Just can't be bothered to read anymore. It's SO slowly paced and boring. I do not care about these people. I do not care about military training. I do not care about their moon base. Nothing is happening. It's just page after page of exposition and description. I would imagine that something has to happen eventually, but if it hasn't happened by now, I just cannot be bothered.

This is my first DNF of 2015. I was hoping to not have one so soon.
Sep 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Dove Arising book review.

I think Dove Arising, by Karen Bao, is a really compelling dystopian novel. The setting of this book starts on the moon, where hundreds of people have escaped the crumbling earth to live somewhere else. The technology on the moon is so advanced that the government can send anything to civilians, smartwatches. Phaet, who is the girl protagonist, is an introverted girl ever since her dad disappeared. She lives with her mom (who is a writer for the newspaper), her brother,
⭐Anni⭐ (Book Princess)
3.5 stars
This was a fast, easy and exciting read. I would say Dove Arising is a typical ya dystopia with some sci-fi elements, so just the kind of book I love! But it wasn't enough for me to really love it, because it wasn't anything new...

While the storyline was exciting and there was a lot of action, it felt like I'd already read the same book countless times. The training scenes in the first half reminded me of Divergent, and the beginning rebellion in the last chapters was...well, like in an
Nov 15, 2020 rated it liked it
I don't feel like writing a review so I'll just say this book was meh. ...more
Phaet Theta (first names are all after celestial things, surnames Greek letters--this was published by Viking, so a bona fide publishing house, but is the debut novel of a young college student majoring in a STEM field) is 15 when her mother is taken first into medical care and then arrested. Because they have no father and no income, she is faced with either living in poverty in a filthy area with her sister and brother, or managing to get accepted into the military even though she is rather yo ...more
Rachel Patrick
Feb 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
This review (and others) can be seen in all its proper formatting glory on my blog Beauty and the Bookshelf.

Hmm...3.5 stars, but closer to 3 stars.

Dove Arising had an element I wish I saw in more books: a space setting. Unfortunately, I never really felt like I was in space; the setting wasn't lush enough. With elements reminiscent of The Hunger Games and Divergent trilogies--though not blatantly or in a way that bothered me--this is the tale of a government that's not all it's cracked up to be,
Feb 11, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc, vine, fiction
Generic YA post-apocalypse dystopia... in space!

This book follows what is now an overdone and tired framework for YA dystopias. Precocious girl suspiciously devoid of personality, whose best friend is in love with her even though she has no romantic feelings for him, gets screwed over by the system that she doesn't yet question. She 'grows up', in this case by joining, i mean, The Militia, and starts to learn that maybe her life is built on lies.

About the only thing this book does
2.5 stars
This will be a popular book with youth who enjoyed Hunger Games, Divergent, Maze Runner, and others in the genre; mainly because it feels very similar to them in various parts. Young woman sacrifices her future (her life) to save her younger sibling[s] from a horrible fate, she competes against others in a brutal competition of fighting and weapons, then finds out a terrible secret that has been hidden from her and escapes confinement to an outside world and an adventure (to be continue
Mar 08, 2016 rated it it was ok
Phaet Theta knows only of her life, living in a colony on the Moon. She spends her days cultivating plants in the Greenhouse, as well as spending time with her family and her best friend. All of this changes the day that her Mom is taken away by the Militia. Facing a move to Shelter, where the destitute are forced to live barring any other options, Phaet takes it upon herself to join the training class for Militia. Winning would mean enough money to get her Mom back and allow her family to stay ...more
Jan 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
First to Read gave me this wonderful opportunity to read this book for free before it was published. This book is a new twist on your typical futuristic dystopian novel. Unlike the other reviewers, I'm more like Phaet and don't need to write ten pages about the book.

Phaet (sounds like Fate) lives on the moon with her family. Her mother is arrested, she needs to join Militia to make money for her family- her two siblings and her mom. Her brother is a hacker, and her neighbors are practically fami
Nova Syzygy
One of my favorite series ever.

I loved this book. I started reading it expecting something cliche, but it turned out to be amazing.
I'm just leaving reviews on all of my favorite books.
Is it weird that I kind of want to live on their six bases, but where the Committee is still in power? It seems like a utopian dystopia setting. Perfect. But I don't particularly like handscreens. They make me squeamish.

Everyone should read this really underrated book, which also has real science! Always a great s
Dec 15, 2014 rated it it was ok
(My Advance Reader Copy of Dove Arising was given to me by the publisher as part of the Goodreads First Reads program. Though clearly labeled an ARC, I should mention that the text is clean and free of errors, as far as I can tell, so I think it's safe to assume the final product will be virtually identical.)

Nineteen-year-olds with the writing acumen of Karen Bao are extremely uncommon, though not impossible to find. Fantasy novelist Christopher Paolini was without many superiors at that age,
Jan 06, 2019 rated it liked it
I have a lot of thoughts about this book! I already dumped most of them on my husband in a semi-rant on New Year’s Eve, so maybe I don’t have to record every random thought here?

I think it’s neat that the author started writing this when she was 17. I picked it up from the neighborhood book box when I saw it was a YA sci-fi novel starring an Asian female protagonist. I haven’t read many books with Asian or Asian-American lead characters, and thought it would be worth reading one. The author did
Aug 16, 2014 rated it liked it

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Phaet Theta has lived her whole life in a colony on the Moon. She’s barely spoken since her father died in an accident nine years ago. She cultivates the plants in Greenhouse 22, lets her best friend talk for her, and stays off the government’s radar.

Then her mother is arrested.

The only way to save her younger siblings from the degrading Shelter is by enlisting in the Militia, the faceless army that polices the Lunar bases and protects them from attacks by desperate Ear
Lulu (the library leopard)
3.5? YA dystopian will never really be my jam, but I definitely enjoyed this more than I expected. The worldbuilding was a bit shaky sometimes (mainly the way that the Evil Government™ worked), but overall it wasn't as cliché as I expected. I enjoyed Phaet as a narrator–she's driven, intelligent, and loyal, yet flawed, and the inside of her head never got on my nerves in the way other first-person narrators have in the past.

Also, it was terribly refreshing to read a YA dystopian with a main char
Sep 13, 2020 rated it liked it
I have been fascinated with the moon since hearing the announcer at Fenway Park inform everyone that Neil Armstrong had just set foot on the moon. Those grainy pictures captured my imagination and I started reading sci-fi books. This was interesting about a dystopian society which inhabits bases on the moon. Phaet, our heroine, must join the Militia to earn enough money to save her mother who has been accused of disruptive print. Being only 15 and small of stature, she must work extra hard to su ...more
Aug 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
I LOVED the first 2/3 of this book, but the last 1/3 was definitely a slog. I did appreciate that the main character was flawed - so often protagonists of dystopian stories have perfect instincts for the dangerous, wild situations they find themselves in, but Phaet had some significant errors in judgement that she then had to adjust to. The characters' voices were very realistic teenager voices (definitely an advantage of the author's age!) and I also appreciated the diversity of the characters. ...more
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Karen Bao does science in the lab, then goes home and writes about it. A Ph.D. candidate at Harvard University, she studies mosquito brains by blasting them with a big electron beam. Her favorite activities include cooking, tending her plants, singing, and playing her violin. She is the author of the Dove Chronicles trilogy (Penguin Teen).

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