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The Oceans Between Stars

(Chronicle of the Dark Star #2)

4.24  ·  Rating details ·  384 ratings  ·  82 reviews
It is Earth year 2223, but the Earth, along with the entire solar system, is gone.

Liam and Phoebe, having barely escaped our exploding sun with their lives, are in stasis for the decade-long journey to the rogue planet Delphi, where they hope to meet up with the rest of the human refugees, find help for their injured parents, and pass along the devastating things they disc
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Published February 13th 2018 by Walden Pond Press
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Ahmed  Ejaz
Oct 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: full-lengths, 2018
"Trust is a powerful adaptation of three-dimensional beings...It’s your engine for still making a choice when you don’t have all possible information."
It was so good to be back to this space adventure. It was perfect. I enjoyed it way more than I expected. In the first book, the excitement level was increasing gradually, like one or two steps at a time. But here, it went to peak point from the very beginning. I was so absorbed in this world. But yeah, it took me a good time to finish, becaus
Nova  Syzygy
I read this book over a year ago, so I can't say much about the plot. I also finished reading the third book yesterday. But this isn't a review on book three. I already have one on the topic.
So, even though I can't say much about the story, I will say this: this book got me interested in the multiverse theory. The fact that there may be infinite universes is fascinating.
Also, this cover is my favorite cover ever. Whoever designed the cover did a great job.
Hoover Public Library Kids and Teens
They've left Mars, but they took the drama with them. Outstanding sequel that leaves you eager for the third installment.
Angela Blount
Originally reviewed for YA Books Central:

A trust and friendship-centric second installment in this middle-grade sci-fi series, The Oceans Between Stars is fast-paced follow-up to The Last Day On Mars.

Once again, the book opens with an exposition meant to explain alien things and ideas with manageable human analogies—using a touch of matter-of-fact wit and irony (vaguely Douglass Adams styled, san silliness.) Just as with the vast majority of the first boo
Shaye Miller
I became enthralled with Emerson's Chronicle of the Dark Star series, last year. It's wonderful to see a science fiction series that doesn't dumb down the terminology for middle graders. Additionally, the story is intricate woven, but feels fast-paced. I'm very pleased to learn that my 13 year old son now wants to read it. YAY! Quick rehash from book number one, Last Day on Mars: The story starts in year 2213 and we learn that Earth is gone and all remaining humans fled to Mars. Liam's and Phoeb ...more
Ms. Yingling
Jan 02, 2018 rated it liked it
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After Last Day on Mars, Liam and Phoebe managed to escape the destruction of their adopted planet when the sun went supernova, and they are on a space ship in stasis waiting to get to another destination. When they wake up, their parents are still asleep, and have been injured. Liam fears that his sister didn't make the shuttle in time, and fears that she is dead. With the help of JEFF, a droid in the shape of a panda, they manage to figure out what is going on. Liam sti
James McLaughlin
May 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
I think a theme for this book is that you should always take the safe route, not the fastest. Multiple times in this book the characters take the fastest route and almost die. Then they take the slow/safe route and they end up being faster than the 'fast' route.
Lorie Barber
The second book in the Dark Star series does not disappoint!! Liam and Phoebe’s adventures continue as they try to get their parents back with the rest of humanity as it travels through space toward their new home. Many of my questions got answered in this one, yet I asked so many more and am now biting my nails waiting for book three. Especially after reading THE LAST PAGE!!
Mar 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This sequel begins the task of answering some of the questions that haunted readers of Last Day on Mars. It also opened up some new questions as well. My students and I agree on a few things about this series: we didn't want to stop reading it, we love the changing relationship between Phoebe and Liam, and how both are trying to figure out what the heck is going on, and what they need to do next to stay alive. I love how this series does not dumb anything down for its readers and keeps a complex ...more
Pop Bop
Jan 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
This Sequel Is Even Better than the First Book

This is the sequel to "Last Day on Mars" and is part of the continuing series "Chronicle of the Dark Star. I don't know what's planned, but it feels like it will take at least two or three more books to wrap up the whole series. You could start the series with this book, but that would be an unnecessary challenge. If you are patient and are willing to piece things together you could probably figure out how this all starts. But, it would be a lot easi
Mar 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Love this space adventure!! Will be waiting impatiently for book 3!
Michele Knott
Fantastic sequel. Questions are answered, yet many more pop up. More science explanations/discoveries in this one, but even when it got tough to completely understand, I could figure it out enough - I would tell readers who might not think science fiction is a genre they enjoy, there is so much action, adventure and suspense that makes it worth it! What a ride! Can not wait for book 3!
Liz Overberg
Middle grade sci fi, second in a series.

This sequel is even more sciencey than the first book, with lots of complex time travel.

Fun, fast-paced, and funny, but a little hard to follow. Very well written. Positive messages about friendship and working through differences.
Aug 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I don't read as much middle grade as I used to, but this was phenomenal. Book one really left me wanting more and this one continued the trend. Such a great series for tween and young teens!
Mar 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
This story keeps taking us on interesting twists and turns, showing us beings that we never knew existed but assumed were out there, links between names, times and planets etc. and each time we think that Liam and Phoebe are safe, BOOM something happens.

When we left off at the end of the first book, we were on the path to getting out of the way of the supernova, and plotting a course that would get these two to meet up with the starliner when they docked at the next waystation. Phoebe of course
Jul 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“One unknown at a time.”

Liam’s mom’s words echo in his head as he tries to save his parents, his friend, himself, and all of humanity. Phoebe and Liam have been traveling toward Delphi in stasis for years, hopefully arriving in time to catch the Scorpius and board with the rest of humanity, arriving safely to their new planet. What he doesn’t know is that while he’s been in stasis, Phoebe has been awake carefully manipulating their path so that they arrive late to Delphi. This starts her on a pa
Becky B
Liam and Phoebe are on their way from Mars to Aaru-5, the new home of humans. Their injured parents are in stasis and they're chasing down the ship they were supposed to be on transporting the rest of Liam's family and both of their friends. However, one of them is harboring a secret with major ramifications, someone is out to destroy the human fleet ahead of them, and the group destroying stars on purpose is still out there. Also, the watch they've been using to see the future has started doing ...more
Rachel Meyer
I didn't enjoy the first book in the series that much, but I was hoping the second book would be better. However, it still wasn't my thing.

Things I Enjoyed:
• More serious. One of my problems with the first one was that it wasn't serious enough, but this one had plenty of that. Liam especially seemed to grow in this book.
• Another great time limit. It had me on the edge of my seat as I was reading. (Although if book three has one it will start to feel repetitive.)
• A few more answers. All the tim
Anita McDivitt Barrios
Jul 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: science-fiction
About mid-way through the first book, my son declared: "It's going to end on a cliff-hangar, isn't it? Isn't it, Mom? There's no way they can resolve this in 24-hours!"

He loved the first one, loved counting down the hours chapter-by-chapter, and had to show me when it skips 7 hours or so. He put the second book, this one, on hold at the library. This was a new experience in reading for him, wanting to read something so much that he actually put it on hold (usually, it's me who follows series and
This is the middle third of the single book that is the Chronicle of the Dark Star, and in a way it's more of the same and in a way it's worse.

So, first, the more of the same: the book ends on a cliffhanger and doesn't resolve anything.

The worse part: the two main characters, Liam and Phoebe, spend a remarkable amount of time being done to rather than doing things in this book. Most of the plot is run by high-level NPCs (well, powerful aliens) and powerful magic items (well, science items). It
Nov 24, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens, ya, 2018
I was super excited to read this having really enjoyed the first book so, so much. Unfortunately, I didn't find this sequel as exciting or compelling as the first. For one thing, I felt it really became just too complicated and bizarre. And maybe that's just science fiction and I don't typically read straight up science fiction. I loved the prologue which explained events well before the events of the first book. In fact, much of this book is really about explaining why things are happening (in ...more
Apr 10, 2018 rated it liked it
The Ocean Between Stars picks-up slightly after where The Last Day on Mars ended and continues to follow Liam and Phoebe’s journey to catch the Scorpius to be reunited with their friends and family. However, Phoebe is hiding a major secret from Liam, a secret big enough that it could threaten to destroy their friendship. Despite the secret being revealed, the two quickly realize there is something bigger the two need to overcome that will have a greater impact on everyone they know than Phoebe’s ...more
Jul 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After a flashback explaining Phoebe's back story, this picks up right where Last Day on Mars left off. Phoebe, Liam, and JEFF the bot, along with their injured parents in stasis are trying to catch up to main transport ship. There are so many twists and turns in this book, including trips to the past, future, and alternate realities, that any plot summary can't really do it justice without spoilers. A fantastic work of science fiction!! You must read the series in order. I am eagerly anticipatin ...more
Jared White
So far this has been a solid series which I have enjoyed but though we have it in our juvenile fiction area at our library, it is definitely upper juvenile. This isn't really because of any "mature content" but rather because of the speculative science talked about. This is about a fourth dimension and time travel and, though the person explaining it to Liam tries to simplify it, it was still a little hard to follow. Also, the plot and backstory is a bit more slow moving than most juvenile serie ...more
Jun 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've read the first book back in the summer and now I finally remembered to read the 2nd book! This book is adventures, romance (a little), and also mysterious. It talks about 2 kids, Phoebe and Liam, and a panda look-alike robot, JEFF, that is on the space ship in the space trying to catch up and meet with the other space ship where the human survivors live when escaping Mars. During the journey, Liam had discovered that he could travel back in time with a watch that an alien had left behind, a ...more
Mar 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love this series! I was glad I found the first book rather late as I didn't a have a long wait for book 2! But now (sniff) , have to wait for books 3! So our solar system is destroyed by the sun going super nova and humanity, having been on Mars, begins it's final escape into the universe. I did not see the beginning of this book coming at all. But what a wild ride this book begins on- so much more depth is added by it. Love the characters and root for them all to make it "home." So good. Scif ...more
A solid sequel to the Last Day on Mars. The story continues to get more complicated as Liam and Phoebe learn more about the watch, what it means to move backward in time, and how that impacts their lives. Some serious sci-fi topics are included like parallel universes, tesseracts, and the Other. This is a sci-fi option for the more nerdy, science oriented reader who will love the complexity of the story. Mind you, this is a middle grade book, so adult sci-fi readers, remember this is for younger ...more
May 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Like any continuation of a series, this did get a little weird. However, it wasn't too weird I got turned off. I did feel like their run in with one of the characters was just a chance for an info dump. But I don't know how he could have written in any differently.

It was a really quick, but exciting read! I cannot wait for the third book to come out!

Regardless of this being aimed for the younger kids, it's got a lot of backstory and a pretty good plot! My only issue I have is how in the world
Diane Whittaker
Oct 02, 2018 rated it liked it
I liked this book. Time travel, robots, outer space, close friends, Aliens, and danger all around. The descriptions of what was happening with people, places and time was amazing. Friends have to
figure out where they are where they need to be and how to get there. In this second book of the series the starliner Liam and Phobe are following runs into a bomb placed in an engine. A million people in
sleeping in their pods are now in danger of not making it to a new place to call home. Read the boo
May 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
I’m really enjoying this middle grade sci fi series! It’s not life-changing, but it’s a very engaging story. Emerson does a fantastic job of conveying the suffocating feeling of traveling through endless space. There are some interesting ideas about time travel throughout the series that mess with your brain.

This second book dragged a little bit through the middle, but picked up at the end. The author includes a mean cliffhanger at the end of each book that makes you want to continue. I have se
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Author of sixteen novels for children and young adults, most recently LAST DAY ON MARS, BREAKOUT, and the ATLANTEANS series. His books have been published in ten different countries. Formerly a science teacher and a creative writing teacher, Kevin is also a singer and drummer. He has won a spelling bee, lost a beauty pageant, and once appeared in a Swedish TV commercial.

Other books in the series

Chronicle of the Dark Star (3 books)
  • Last Day on Mars (Chronicle of the Dark Star, #1)
  • The Shores Beyond Time