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3.49  ·  Rating details ·  1,051 ratings  ·  298 reviews
Cram ten hormonal teens into a spaceship and blast off: that’s the premise for the ill-conceived reality show Waste of Space. The kids who are cast know everything about drama—and nothing about the fact that the production is fake. Hidden in a desert warehouse, their spaceship replica is equipped with state-of-the-art special effects dreamed up by the scientists partnering ...more
Hardcover, 396 pages
Published July 11th 2017 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for Young Readers
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Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘

TW - Lot of offensive speech

So, I guess the real question is : Was Waste of Space a Waste of Time?

... Alright, I guess that answering this question isn't nearly as easy as I had expected. Never mind, I'll try nonetheless.

Before going further, perhaps you need to know something about me : I breath satire. There's just nothing more satisfying than unhinged sarcasm as far as I'm concerned. And, oh boy, did Waste of Space delivered! Indeed it takes a look at the way people consume reality tv show
Karen’s Library
Jun 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, netgalley, arc
Wow, what a ride! Waste of Space is a really fun read which spoofs the crazy reality shows. Set up much like Big Brother, 10 teens are chosen to head to space ALONE with no supervision while being filmed 24/7. A few of the characters are really outlandish, especially the creator of the show, who is also the TV host.

BUT... Unknown to the cast and to the TV audience, the entire production is fake and the spaceship is actually sitting in the desert with a group of scientists and an elaborate speci
Jennifer Leigh
Sep 14, 2017 rated it liked it
Waste of Space is an interesting look at the extremes of reality television. I really like the way that Damico uses the intern commentary to split up the sections, and the sections themselves. The crazy cast and plot line adds realistic qualities to the book, and I’m sure most people know that reality television is anything but reality. The transcribed format of this book is hard to get into at first, but once I got used to it it was a good read. The ending, though, left me confused and wanting ...more
Manon the Malicious
*4.25 Stars*

I was provided an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Guess who's crying......


Waste of Space doesn’t happen in space. Nope. It’s the story of reality TV show where the contestants are supposed to think they’re in space and so are the TV spectators…
It was told the way Illuminae was, basically… A succession of files and a dude commenting the videos…
I was afraid starting it that it would be too similar to Illuminae but turns out, it wasn’t…

I actually really loved th
Jul 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
WASTE OF SPACE ended up being nothing like I expected, and yet I ended up loving it! Gina Damico's satirical take on a reality television show is absolutely hilarious. She does a brilliant job of poking fun at this entertainment phenomenon in a way that is uproarious and also surprisingly touching.

The character's in this book are exaggerated versions of so many Hollywood and reality television stereotypes, and they are so much fun to read. They had me laughing non-stop through the first half, an
Danielle (Life of a Literary Nerd)
“...Reality is boring; abridged reality is not.”

Waste of Space is easily one of the funnest and most entertaining books I’ve ever read. I can only really describe this as Beauty Queens meets Big Brother. With a satirical eye, Gina Damico tackles everything we love, and hate, about reality tv. Waste of Space follows 10 teens chosen to participate in an out-of-this-world reality show, with the only catch being - everything is fake. We see the teens struggle with their new “reality” as
Jamie (Books and Ladders)
See this review and more on Books and Ladders!

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book and chose to review it. This in no way impacts my opinion.

I actually really loved this??? It is written in transcripts and it just so great! I loved all the twists and turns and everything in between. I thought the ending was super cool and I highly recommend this one if you want like a Reality TV version of Illuminae!
Aug 26, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: humor, ya, sci-fi
“...Reality is boring; abridged reality is not.”

More of a 2.5 star book.

The synopsis describes the book pretty accurately. The book is about a reality TV show "in space" as all of the cast members and America think, but then the cast members start questioning if they are really in space or all of this is fake. There is a mystery going on and lots of weird things start to happen to the spacetronauts.

I feel really disappointed.

About a quarter of the book, I told myself this one would be at le
A perfect book when one has a crappy week (and longer). Space, reality shows, some romance, and hilarious situations involving pigs?

Warning: Chaotic and long-ish review.

I am a big fan of Gina Damico, and so I have been looking forward to this book since it was announced. Especially with that blurb, I just had to read it. I love books about reality shows, and I was curious what twists and turns would be announced.

The book is made up out of phone conversations, interviews, episode transcripts, and
Jan 28, 2017 rated it liked it
I received a copy of this title from NetGalley. It does not impact my review.

Waste of Space will be available July 11, 2017.

This was such a different kind of book than what I’ve read before. While it didn’t quite work for me 100% of the time, I did find it an enjoyable, often humorous read.

I thought this was going to be a Contemporary sort of book, but it’s much more of a satire on reality tv. I have watched my fair share of reality shows and I found much of this to be really spot on – from the
Mel (Epic Reading)
Jul 28, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc-netgalley
This book was... well crazy different.
It's a super ridiculous and humorous premise; that a TV network is going to send a group of teenagers into space and film it as a reality TV show. I really enjoyed the first 65% of this book. It was amusing, engaging, heartfelt and so cliche you couldn't help but laugh. The end however didn't quite hit for me.

Waste of Space is written in the format of video or audio transcripts (for the most part); either of the reality TV show, phone calls, unaired footag
Rian *fire and books*
3.5 stars.

A solid opening salvo (for me!) from Gina Damico.

I won't lie, this novel was like the crumbs at the bottom of a bag of Cheez-it's. Salty and wonderful and their own special snack on their own. It was like reading a trash train wreck (not the writing!) with crack in the air. I. Couldn't. Get. Enough.

It was flat out hilarious that these characters and honestly America, would believe so much of what happened in this novel. It was a trip! Oh gosh I'm just shaking my head in amusement be
Feb 18, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dnf
This book wasn't for me. The humour was too zany, the characters drifted too far into caricature. Well, most of them. It seemed like the book couldn't decide if it wanted to be completely absurd satire, or to actually have serious and heartfelt. The result is a painfully stereotypically hillbilly character with a pet pig searching for his abducted tractor sharing page space with an introverted young man who's recently lost his parents and is struggling to connect with his older brother slash gua ...more
Lisa Mandina
Jul 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Once again Gina Damico has written a story that is so much fun! I love her characters, the snarkiness, the silliness, all of it. And it's not just that the characters are so great, the story itself is full of all kinds of great scenes, and extremely edge of your seat action at some points! While you know there is something going on, I didn't quite guess exactly what it was until it was actually happening in the story. In a way, this is almost a tribute to stories like Illuminae by Amie Kaufman a ...more
Ashley Urquhart
Jul 08, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
DNF 99 pgs (24%) - It just felt overwhelmingly cheesy and unrealistic. I get that the book is supposed to be those things to an extent, but it just felt like too much. I didn't care about any of the characters because even 99 pages in, we hadn't really gotten to know any of them. The way the author tried to use different formats and mediums was interesting and a good concept, but I found the use of a no-name intern narrator to be a little strange. I usually love reality TV books, but I just coul ...more
Nov 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
I love Gina Damico. I say that in every review of every book, but I do. Her sense of humor, plot creation, lovable characters...she's just great. While this isn't her strongest book (some of the jokes and references are a bit on-the-nose), it still is a worthwhile read. I requested the ARC expecting another Gina Gem--and I got it. A fun ride, a slap in the face of reality TV, and some incredibly memorable characters. ...more
Laura (bbliophile)
I feel like I can't properly rate it since I gave up on this book after only having read 40 pages. The synopsis was really intruiging, and I'm still super curious to see what happens in this book plot-wise, but I really didn't like the writing. At all. And I didn't want to force myself to suffer through that for 350+ more pages just because I'm curious. ...more

Gina Damico is one author that I read EVERYTHING I can find by her, so WASTE OF SPACE is a must read for me.  In her latest, she takes 10 teens and places them in a reality show on a space ship. What can possibly go wrong?  Well, with Damico, almost everything and then some.  The teens all are chosen in a random, reality-show faithful casting much like a younger Big Brother mixed with Kardashian product placement.  Of course, with plans to broadcast 24-7, something goes awry when the
Jul 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
When it's just not enough to do a reality show in a crammed apartment, Chazz Young, CEO of the DV8 network, decides to put ten teens into space. Like in a rocket ship. Except it really isn't going into space, but the spacetronauts don't know that. Thanks to a little known group of scientists who go by the acronym NASAW, a set is created, complete with anti-anti-gravity. The contestants are challenged with both physical and totally mental tasks, and one by one, are slowly eliminated. Snarky and f ...more
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4 ⭐
When I first picked this up I was expecting it to be a 3 star at best, if i didn't end up DNFing it. So, the fact that I'm honestly considering rating it between 4 and 5 stars is wild to me. I loved the whole concept of this book and I need a tv show asap. I honestly loved everything about this and I will be finding every excuse to recommend it!
Sylvia (Serial Bibliophile)
Aug 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017-challenge
4.5 stars!

This book is GOLD! It's basically "reality tv" satire and I was loving EVERY second of it! (The ending wasn't as strong as I was hoping, and the tone was kind of different from the rest of the book, but it's still good.)

There's a TV show set in space (except it's not really space) and the world is eating it up! It's so bizarre and full of mockery of reality TV. It goes from the way the cast is chosen, to the way things are manipulated to make for a good show!

To make things simple, the
Cindy Huskey
Oct 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Hilarious! I was crying from laughter several times throughout this book, and loved every minute of it. I was forced to read several passages aloud to my family in order to explain my outbursts, which only invited them to get on the waiting list to read this book after me.

This is reality TV at its best and it’s worst. Truly a biting satire on reality TV, its stars, producers, and the American public who consumes it.

May 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
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fleur ☆
Nov 16, 2017 marked it as did-not-finish
Over the past few months, I developed an unease with rating books despite not finishing them which is the only reason that this book doesn’t have a Goodreads star rating. If you’re interested in why it makes me uncomfortable, let me know and I’ll make a blog post about it! Anyway, despite not giving the book a rating, I can tell you that it really wasn’t all that great. If it had to have a rating, I would probably give it something like a 2 or a 2.5.

It’s not a necessarily bad thing if someone is
Jul 14, 2017 added it
This book is a train wreck. It’s a total disaster. And that’s exactly what makes it epic, because it was on purpose. Waste of Space is 100% like the blurb. It’s reality TV style trauma drama with a whole lot of offensive, bigoted, and racist casting, but the point is that by calling it out, by labeling it for what it is in the story, it becomes a sort of crazy satire and social commentary and OMG is it entertaining.

From the initial premise to the casting to the filming, it’s absolute chaos. The
Suzi Evelyn
Aug 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: standalones
4.3333 stars

This book is absolutely sickening --and it's... supposed to be? It's described as a satire, and I somehow didn't fully comprehend that going into the book. The first half, approximately, was entertaining, and that was mostly it. At that point, I had assumed that the rest of the book would be the same and was mentally preparing what I would write about it on Goodreads: "Waste of Space lied to me and said it was going to be a satire...". Naturally, I regretted these words less than 50
Holli Keel
Sep 23, 2020 rated it it was ok
I liked the premise of this book - teenagers sent into space for a reality tv show, but they’re not really in space, and they soon find themselves on their own and have to take matters into their own hands.

But...I hated the format of the story being told via transcripts and show scripts. And the story didn’t even get interesting until about halfway through, and even then, it just didn’t really take off. The characters were either mysterious or unlikeable. It just wasn’t for me. (And it’s YA, so
This woman is a gina-ous

this book is one of the best books I've read all year
Samantha (WLABB)
Jun 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, contemporary, arcs
Rating: 3.5 Stars

Take ten strangers, cram them into a faux spaceship (which they think is read), add some special effects, and a new reality show sensation is born. But there is more than meets the eye on Waste of Space. The producers are lying, the scientists are lying, and most of the contestant are lying. With this level of subterfuge, something interesting is bound to happen....and it does.

I had a lot of fun reading this novel. I have always had a love/hate relationship with reality TV, and
Jun 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: yallwest-2017
Waste of Space is a satire focusing on the ridiculousness of reality TV. As someone who despises reality TV, I was 100% on board with this sentiment. I don't watch Dancing with the Stars, The Apprentice, The Bachelor, Survivor, Real Housewives of [Blank]..... every once in a while I'll watch My 600 lb. Life or Hoarders if my mom has it on, but I will not seek it out. Reality TV is ridiculous.

Waste of Space is ridiculous in all of the best ways. The show's creator is totally disconnected from rea
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