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Do You Dream of Terra-Two?

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When an Earth-like planet is discovered, a team of six teens, along with three veteran astronauts, embark on a twenty-year trip to set up a planet for human colonization—but find that space is more deadly than they ever could have imagined.

Have you ever hoped you could leave everything behind?
Have you ever dreamt of a better world?
Can a dream sustain a lifetime?

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Paperback, 544 pages
Published August 13th 2019 by Gallery / Saga Press (first published March 7th 2019)
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Squirrel Even the print editions are messed up. I' holding an ISBN already listed on goodreads, but the goodrids listing shows 12 pages more than the actual bo…moreEven the print editions are messed up. I' holding an ISBN already listed on goodreads, but the goodrids listing shows 12 pages more than the actual book. It is not allowing me to correct that data online. Seriously, the page number is very clear. Even in grade school you learn not to count pre-numbered pages, post-numbered pages, etc. (which adds 14 pages, not 12.) How challenging is it to enter this data correctly? Did they edit out a dozen pages at the last minute? >lol< The modern world - no real difference from the 'old' world, it seems, when all is said and done? (less)

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Feb 02, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020-reads
The premise sounded awesome, especially for yours truly who really is fascinated with the idea of generation ships or at least long space voyages. People stuck in close quarters on a long and perilous voyage, needing to be able to work together and not go crazy, and eventually build a (hopefully) functional society elsewhere. The potential for things to go wrong and go right, the claustrophobia of a tiny closed society, the stakes involved — all that is my space brain candy.

That’s what I thoug
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin

Shit! This effing book made me cry 😫

This is definitely NOT what I thought it was going to be and it’s not what you’re thinking it’s going to be. This is about a handful of young adults and adults leaving Earth to go live far far away. Yes, that’s kinda what it says in the summary ..BUT.. this IS NOT some book about getting somewhere and all kinds of shit ensues. This book is about the voyage and the shit everyone goes through on the trip. A lot of people are going to be turned off by this book j
Éimhear (A Little Haze)
publishing this week

from the blurb...A century ago, scientists theorised that a habitable planet existed in a nearby solar system. Today, ten astronauts will leave a dying Earth to find it. Four are decorated veterans of the 20th century’s space-race. And six are teenagers, graduates of the exclusive Dalton Academy, who’ve been in training for this mission for most of their lives.

It will take the team 23 years to reach Terra-Two. Twenty-three years spent in close quarters. Twenty-three years wit
The Captain
Aug 13, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: walk-the-plank
Ahoy there me mateys!  I received this sci-fi eARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.  So here be me honest musings . . .

I wanted to read this debut ever since I saw it described as "The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet meets The 100."  I know nothing about The 100 but sadly this book did not live up to the comparison to the Becky Chambers work.  In fact this book walks the plank!


- The author's writing shows promise.  For a debut novel, I felt the writing style itself was dec
Mogsy (MMOGC)
5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

Not that such a great book deserves to be pigeonholed in any way, but Do You Dream of Terra-Two? by Temi Oh is a bit of a tough one to categorize. Like its title, there’s an element of the illusory, a pensive quality about it that inspires wonderment and hope, loses you in thought. Yes, it is a space adventure, but one that emphasizes the human drama rather than the action, though the plot also features a space disaster tw
Sep 02, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Do You Dream of Terra-Two? by Temi Oh is a young adult science fiction fantasy. The story is set in the future at a time when the “space race” era has been renewed as all around the globe countries tested the boundaries of just how far and what could be discovered in space as it had come to be believed someday the Earth wouldn’t be habitable.

The British have discovered a planet far off that just may be able to sustain human life in Terra-Two. The journey however to actually travel to this new wo
Liz Barnsley
Sep 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm in love with this book.

It is a hugely compelling character driven drama, from the feet on the ground to the start of an epic journey through space, by the time you come to the end of this gorgeously immersive debut you will almost certainly be dreaming of Terra-two.

Mere children still when they start their training, Harry, Jesse, Juno, Astrid, Aria Eliot and Poppy have different feelings and reasons for their determination to be part of the beta crew who will spend over two decades in space
K.J. Charles
Group of teens are hand picked for the first mission to a new habitable planet, which involves 23 years travel in a small spaceship to get there.

This is space opera setting but it's entirely a character piece, very much focused on the individuals and the effects their journey and being shut up together starts to have on them. It's a brilliant concept, well executed and well written.

Unfortunately I stuck on nitpicky issues. The teens have been hand picked as the best possible candidates but of
I could not get past how badly this space program is run, and I've listed some of the issues below (lots of spoilers!):

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Jun 25, 2019 rated it it was ok
Putting people in space suits does not make it science fiction.
Lisa Wolf
Aug 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Do You Dream of Terra-Two? is set during our lifetime, but in a world in which space exploration has advanced much further than in our own. There have already been successful human missions to Mars and Europa, and now, the ultimate goal is being frantically pursued.

Terra-Two is an Earth-like planet light years away, uninhabited but with atmosphere, geology, and natural resources suited for human life. With advanced technology, it will be possible for an initial expedition to reach Terra-Two with
laurel [the suspected bibliophile]
3.5 stars
Terra-Two. A planet just like Earth. Habitable. Sustainable. A new beginning. And about to be colonized by six teenagers and six adults, who will launch into space and travel twenty-three years through deep space to reach their new home.

I wanted to like this a lot more than I did. And I did like it.

However, I felt like there were some serious issues with the book that could have been resolved with some heavy editing/pacing adjustments.

I loved all of the space stuff. The preparations to
Jeann (Happy Indulgence)
I loved this character exploration into a group of young adults who are launched into a space mission to populate a distant planet - covering everything leading up to the point where they form a crew and learn to work with one another. Definitely more character-driven than action-packed and I really enjoyed it!

Trigger warnings: anxiety & depression, suicide

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There were issues, but this was also an advanced proof copy, so maybe these will be fixed in the final copy?

There were some problems with pacing around the middle, though the last 100 pages rushed by. Some characters were a lot more well-formed than others, and I did NOT have a clear picture of the ship in my mind.


I will say, this was not what I expected going in, but I am glad to have read it. It's something of a space-romp but with a lot of introspection and character explo
Apr 10, 2019 marked it as will-probably-not-finish  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
There is nothing wrong at all with this book - it just couldn't hold my attention. I read around 20% before calling it quits and those took me months to get through. I found the narrative tone too juvenile; it reads like a YA novel and as such is sure to appeal to lots of other readers. I am not in a good enough reading mood this year and I have too much going on outside of my bookish life to continue reading books I am not enjoying.

I received an arc of this book courtesy of NetGalley and Simon
Taking a different approach to the standard space exploration story, Temi Oh's characters, while astronauts, are just barely out of adolescence when they are sent to colonize a distant, Earth-like planet named Terra-Two. This is a journey of many years, and the main characters won't arrive at their destinations till their middle age. So, this is a voyage demanding a mental and physical toughness, and a willingness to leave all Earth ties behind.
Oh's cast of young characters are put through the w
Feb 20, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
this was nearly physically taxing to read. My chest is still heaving from some of those descriptions. The writing and pacing and character development and relationships and the psychology of isolation and community and human bonds is explored expertly here. Magnificent !!! I felt that the ending sentences to chapters often felt contrived though. The limited setting and time period of this story is really well worked out and constructed. This took a long time for me to be able to digest, like typ ...more
Rachel (TheShadesofOrange)
3.5 Stars
While this science fiction novel was classified as adult, it read much more like young adult contemporary fiction. The focus of the story was on the characters and their personal struggles when I wished more time had been spent focusing on the mission itself. My biggest issue was that the book required a lot of suspension of disbelief because I didn't understand how these teenagers could have possibly passed their psychological examinations. However I did appreciate the eating disorder
Bookphenomena (Micky)
2.5 - 3 stars

This sci-fi appealed to me on a number of levels. The idea of six young adult astronauts trained from early adolescence for the mission of their lives, alongside seasoned and more mature astronauts really excited me. Add that to a one-way trip to Terra-Two in another star system and I literally asked netgalley to sign me up! The concept was pretty amazing but slow to get off the ground, quite literally. I thought at one point they were never going to leave earth.

You’ll be glad to kn
I really enjoyed this one! Like others have mentioned, this isn't a nail-biting, exciting space adventure, although it does have its moments for sure. It's more of a slow burn that focuses on the mindset of this young group of astronauts and shows how they deal with all this crazy space stuff.

I thought it was very well done, and it made me think about a lot of things. It also has one of the best descriptions of death I think I've ever heard.

Nov 01, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hmmm. I don’t think the elevator pitch captures this book at all. Those hoping for a Wayfarer vibe are likely to be disappointed. If I’m honest, this didn’t really work for me; I found it a mixed bag of intriguing character drama followed by unconvincing/convenient right turns. I’m conscious I read an early ARC, so possibly some of these things will polish up in a final edit? Even if this isn’t the case, there’s plenty to enjoy along the way, and I’ll keep an eye open for more books by Temi Oh i ...more
Shaun Hutchinson
This might be the last book I read for the year, and it was a great book to end on.
Di Maitland
'"We need to start again.[...] We're supposed to make things better," she said, heading towards the ladder. "We're supposed to build a beautiful new world. No violence. No arguing. No selfishness."

2.5* I will not deny that this book has merit, but it is not fun reading and has left me rather miserable.

Do you dream? is a book about what it means to set off on a journey when you must leave all you love behind and everything ahead is but a dream and a hope. In 2012, ten people leave Earth for Terra
Jan 09, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Do You Dream of Terra-Two? follow six teenagers as they prepare to embark on a once in a lifetime mission of discovering a new habitable planet with the goal of getting it ready for future generations. Since the journey will take twenty-three years, these teenagers have been extensively trained for years for their future roles.

Maybe it was my own misunderstanding of the synopsis, but this is book is not what I expected. This is both good and bad. The trope of discovering and exploring a new plan
Tamsien West (Babbling Books)
Do You Dream of Terra Two? was SO incredibly good. It's a debut character-driven sci-fi novel by a woman of colour that features a diverse cast, and I couldn't get enough. ⠀

It's being described by the publisher as "The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet meets The 100", and I couldn't agree more. The characters are all really well developed, and given a share of the focus via switching perspectives.

The premise is not particularly unique - a group of teens train in a special academy and become the
Ms. Woc Reader
I finished reading Do You Dream of Two-Terra and I'm still trying to put my thoughts into words. This is a character heavy sci-fi story containing multiple povs. 10 astronauts are chosen to embark on a journey to inhabit a new world. 4 of the 10 are decorated veterans and 6 are teens on the brink of adulthood. The story alternates in chapters between Jesse, Poppy, Astrid, Juno, Harry, and Eliot. It's a lot of people to follow and I was glad I got the ebook and audiobook. The smooth narration kep ...more
Eleanor (bookishcourtier)
This book consumed me from the moment I began reading the first page at midnight one night, not sure what to expect from a book I’d picked up on a whim from the library, and now it might possibly be my favourite book of the year so far. Do You Dream of Terra Two is the riveting story of six young people selected to go to space on a 23 year long mission to colonise the first known ‘earth-like’, Terra Two, and while it is heavy on the science (at least for me, and my poor, English Literature foc ...more
Mar 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The nitty-gritty: An exhilarating, character-driven debut that touches on such themes as mental illness, the tenuousness of life and death, and the power of true belief. If you’ve ever dreamed of traveling beyond the stars, Do You Dream of Terra-Two? is a must read. It left me breathless.

It occurred to Astrid, in a disembodied instant,
Lauren Stoolfire
Aug 21, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
Do You Dream of Terra-Two is a a brilliant sci-fi character study and is an absolute must-read. I enjoyed getting to know the cast of characters, their relationships, and seeing them grow over the course of the story. It's also a pretty good as an alternate history read as well. My only issue with the novel overall is that the middle drags a little too much. I also wish we got to see more after the ending as well. If you liked The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers, I have a fe ...more
John Rennie
I don't like to give negative reviews, but it's hard to think of anything good to say about this book. It's a young adult book, but a young adult book of the sort we used to get before The Hunger Games and Divergent raised the bar. The young adults are around 20 years old but behave more like 14 year olds. The book is series of short chapters in which they take it in turns to talk about themselves, proving mostly how self centred they are.

The six young adults are allegedly the result of a five y
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Temi Oh was born in 1993 in London, to Nigerian parents. She studied at Bishop Thomas Grant and then Emanuel School, Battersea. In 2015 she graduated from King’s College London with a BSci in Neuroscience. Her degree provided great opportunities to write and learn about topics ranging from ‘Philosophy of the Mind’ to ‘Space Physiology’.

After her final year she decided to pack up and pursue her dr

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