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The Loneliness of Distant Beings

(Ventura Saga #1)

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3.49  ·  Rating details ·  875 ratings  ·  238 reviews
'It is that quick, it is that strong, it is that beautiful. And it is also totally impossible.'

Even though she knows it's impossible, Seren longs to have the sunshine on her skin. It's something she feels she needs to stay sane. But when you're floating through space at thousands of kilometres an hour, sometimes you have to accept there are things you cannot change.

Except
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Paperback, 320 pages
Published May 19th 2016 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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Sarah
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Hachette Children's Group and NetGalley.)

“We are responsible for our own survival, for the survival of our species. And it is our duty, every one of ours, to make that our priority.”




This was a YA sci-fi/romance story, featuring a group of people living on a space ship.

Seren was a girl who spoke out about her thoughts and didn’t care what other people thought, even when it got her into big trouble. D
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Aditi
“I want you here. I don't care if it's a hundred degrees and every blade of grass dies. Without you, none of that matters to me.”

----Kami Garcia


Kate Ling, an English author pens a heart-touching and fascinating YA science-fiction in her debut book, The Loneliness of Distant Beings that narrates the story of a young teenager who longs to live life in her own way not by the rules set by the leader of the spaceship that she and her family has been resident of for hundreds of years and will be fo
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jennyliest
Mar 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 sehr gute Sterne von mir! Ich mochte das Buch von Anfang an. Die Idee hat mich total gefesselt und ich konnte Seren absolut nachvollziehen. An manchen Stellen war es mir leider etwas zu schnulzig, aber es ist nun mal ein Jugendbuch und es geht natürlich auch um die Liebe ... Gegen Ende wurde es nochmal richtig spannend und ich freue mich tierisch auf Band 2!! :)
Marcia
Eenzaam en extreem ver weg begon wat te zoetsappig naar mijn smaak, maar gaandeweg werd het verhaal steeds spannender. Ondanks een extreme vorm van insta love heb ik zeker van het verhaal genoten; de wereld van het ruimteschip was erg interessant en zit tot in de details goed in elkaar. Het einde was ietwat voorspelbaar, maar tegelijkertijd heel spannend. Ben ik trouwens de enige die Seren met Ezra shipt? ;)

Mijn complete recensie vind je op Oog op de Toekomst.
Sarah
Seren was born on a spaceship and, along with her entire family, she knows it is where she will die. Her ancestors volunteered to take part in a deep space mission expected to last over 700 years in order to investigate a signal received by earth and hopefully make first contact with a new alien species. Life on the spaceship is strictly regimented, jobs are assigned according to skills and even your future partner is selected by a computer program designed to ensure genetic diversity. Children ...more
Odette Knappers
Jun 14, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
I first heard about this book when all the Bookstagrammers from The Netherlands I follow posted this book and it looks so amazing! I wanted to know what it was about, and I really liked the blurb. I got excited, I love SciFi-ish books!

But by now a lot of those people have read this book and were a bit dissapointed. It was more of a lovestory than the SciFi-story they (and I) expected. So now I don't know what to expect anymore, but at least I'm a bit prepared :)

I really liked the Sci-Fi idea of
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✍Neyla Kunta ✍
Das Buch ist definitiv Kitsch pur. 100%. Allerdings konnte es mich unterhalten, ich mag das Setting und wie alles abläuft. Den Schreibstil mochte ich gerne.
Eigentlich mag ich gar nicht so kritisch sein, aber meine innere Stimme schreit mich schon an. Also rein theoretisch ist das alles der größte Mist und Kitsch und ich verstehe viele Sachen nicht aber.. ein Teil von mir mag die Geschichte einfach. Fertig.
Esther
Oct 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-books
I was so excited when I found this book in my Celebrate Books Box. I read this book together with Marieke, who is also a member of Books Ever After (a Goodreads book-club). So much fun to read books together and share thoughts about this story. There were definitely parts in this book where it was hard to wait and discus the book first, before reading another part. The book is fast paced and easy to read.

A longer review can be found at Bite Into books

The best part about this book is the world-bu
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Chantal Lyons
Jun 17, 2016 rated it did not like it
I'm at a loss to explain how this got published, except that YA sci- fi in space is huge right now, so I guess anything will do.

Romance novels usually have a bit more substance to them than the romance. The main character lives and breathes independently of their love. Seren, the main character in this book, does not. She's a mood-killer for the first few pages before falling in love (yeah, it happens that fast), and after that she's utterly boring. There are too many descriptions of her thinkin
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Tina Morgen [lebe.liebe.lese]
Oh, wie toll.
Ich möche die Reihe unbedingt weiterlesen.
Ezgi Tülü
May 04, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Fleurine
Jajajajajaja!! Dit was zo tof om te lezen en de hoofdpersonage is echt geweldig. Morgen het event rondom dit boek en een skype gesprek met de auteur! Spannend.
E.
Nop, dit was niet het epische avontuur waar ik op hoopte. Het is meer een liefdesverhaal met een spannend einde.
Ina Vainohullu f
Feb 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Auf der Ventura herrschen strenge Regeln, an die sich jeder Bewohner halten muss um die Sicherheit der über 8000 Menschen an Bord nicht zu gefährden und um den Fortbestand der Menschheit zu sichern.
Eine dieser "Regeln" ist die Zuweisung des Lebenspartners, sobald man die Schulausbildung hinter sich gebracht hat und bevor man ins Arbeitsleben eintritt.
Die 17-jährige Seren steht an dieser Schwelle, sollte sich eigentlich glücklich schätzen, in diesem Moment in dem sie erfährt, mit wem sie den Rest
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Steffi
3.5

Das Buch hatte für mich eine durchschnittliche erste Hälfte, in der nicht allzu viel passiert und der Schwerpunkt eher auf der Liebesgeschichte liegt. Diese entwickelt sich zum Teil sehr schnell und passt in das typische YA-Schema der insta-love. Dennoch liest sich die Geschichte sehr flüssig und das setting mit dem Raumschiff fand ich sehr interessant. Es gibt ein paar Hintergrundinfos, aber hier hätte ich mir manchmal noch ein paar mehr Informationen gewünscht.

In der zweiten Hälfte kommt da
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Stefanie Hasse hisandherbooks.de
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Die Ventura ist ein großes Raumschiff, das sich von der Erde aufgemacht hat, um der Herkunft eines fremden Signals zu folgen, dessen Ursprung 350 Jahre entfernt ist. Daher gibt es an Bord strenge Regeln, die von allen eingehalten werden müssen.
Eine, die sich gegen einige Regeln sträubt, ist Seren, deren Großmutter eine der Menschen war. Serens Mutter ist verstorben.
Seren ist alles andere als begeistert, als Lebenspartner ausgerechnet Ezra zugeteilt zu bekommen, der arrogant und selbstgef
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Alannah
Dec 18, 2016 rated it liked it
This book had so much promise but it just didn't deliver. I found Seren to be quite annoying, immature and selfish. While I can completely understand her hatred of her life, she just constantly complains about it and swoons over Dom... and they fell 'in love' straight away!?!?! Ugh!!! Speaking of Dom, he was an okay character, but I actually preferred Ezra instead. The writing needed a lot of work, and I really feel this book could have been improved with a lot more editing. I did enjoy the part ...more
Esther
Aug 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wauw. Ik was misschien in het begin wat huiverig over dit boek. Ik had er hele hoge verwachtingen van. Het boek heeft aan mijn verwachtingen voldaan, want wat was dit een goed boek! Ik hoop dat deel 2 snel uit komt..
Leen Gilis
Mar 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dit boek lijkt op een combinatie tussen de matched trilogie en de honderd! Ik heb er enorm van genoten!
Yomna
May 20, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs, ya
Thanks to Hachette Children's Group and Net Galley for giving me a copy of this book.

I recieved this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

Mixed feelings on this one. I really enjoyed the story but felt the main character's voice was a bit immature. Ezra annoyed the hell out of me, I guess that was the point, but it got pretty repetitive with him.

Was really irritated by the main character's family since they seemed just so flat to me. I also didn't feel like the main character had an
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Vivian
Jun 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wauw! Net de laatste bladzijden gelezen en hoewel ik in het begin sceptisch was, vond ik dit toch eigenlijk wel een heel tof boek! Het is een fijne introductie tot het sciencefictiongenre, ook als dat niet echt je ding is. Ik heb me vermaakt met het verhaal en de personages en ik vind dat Katie Ling de wereld van de Ventura erg goed heeft uitgewerkt. Nu al razend benieuwd naar het vervolg! Volledige recensie: http://thebookreview.nl/recensies/sci...
Joany Vries
Ik heb dit boek al eens beschreven horen worden als een contemporary aan boord van een ruimteschip. Gedurende de eerste helft van het boek was ik het daarmee eens, maar de tweede helft is toch wel stukken spannender dan de gemiddelde contemporary romance (al zou ik nu ook weer niet zo ver gaan om het ijzersterke sci-fi te noemen.

Kwante in Wonderland
recensie volgt op mijn blog!
Zaide
Jan 31, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: sci-fi
I went into this book with such high hopes. Beautiful cover, short yet gripping tag line on the back, a love story set aboard a ship deep in space – this pushed a lot of my buttons. Unfortunately, the summary didn't prepare me for the horrible nature of this story.

I can't really formulate my issues into a spoiler-free review so instead I've decided to list them here and then post more details under a spoiler tag for those who want to know more.
Ok, issues I had:

• Massive case of Insta-love
• Chara
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Madelon
3,5 ster
Wat een tof boek! In het begin deed het me denken aan De 100 van Kass Morgan, maar het kreeg daarna gelukkig een geheel eigen twist. Een prachtig verhaal over liefde en vechten voor je eigen vrijheid. Ik voelde echt met Seren mee en ben stiekem ook een beetje verliefd geworden op Dom. Enige minpunt: je leert de personages niet heel goed kennen, dat vind ik nog wel jammer.

Een volledige review vind je binnenkort op www.thebookdiaries.nl
Jo Hena
Jan 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book! Thought that the idea of heading off into space in search of a new Earth-like planet a very good one. For me, the best part was towards the end, where the action speeds up along with the sci-fi aspect. It's a fast read, mainly because the narration, through the voice of a teenage girl, is so convincing - plus she is a likable character involved in a dilemma and a love triangle. This novel contains all the tricks needed for an entertaining read. Go read it!
Annika
Mar 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I sat down with this book and read it in a matter of two days. It kept my attention till the end, making me think about what I would be like if I was born into the same life as Seren. The way the author describes Seren's feelings and hardships, had me feeling I was going through them as well. The tragic love Seren finds and the plot twist that comes with a love triangle like this has me already excited for the 2nd book.
Marleen | Favoritez
Mijn recensie van dit boek vind je nu op mijn blog: http://favoritez.nl/2016/10/17/eenzaa...
Esra Nazenin
Apr 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: bilim-kurgu, distopya
3.5/5

"Ona o kadar hızlı, o kadar güçlü, o kadar güzel âşık oldum ki...
Ve bir o kadar da imkânsız."

Gündemi takip ediyorsanız alternatif evren konulu haberlere, filmlere denk gelmişsinizdir mutlaka. Son bir, iki yıldır da kitap sektöründe malzeme olarak kullanılan bir konu. Haber dışında genellikle uzayla ilgili şeyleri izlemeyi tercih ederim. Bu nedenle Uzak Varlıkların Yalnızlığı için bu konuda okuduğum ilk kitap olduğunu söyleyebilirim ama iyi bir tercih oldu :).


Efsaneye adını veren Ventura İ
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Lily
Jan 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
‘Seren, this is the way things are. You know they can’t be any different. The only person you hurt by kicking against everything is you’

The Loneliness of Distant Beings is essentially a young adult romance story set in space, following a similar concept to the dystopian elements of Matched by Ally Condie but with the science-fiction space ship setting of Battlestar Galactica. The story follows a contingent of humans residing on a first encounter research vessel sent from earth to explore the de
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