In this star-crossed romance, two teenage girls—one from Earth, one from the Moon—forge an unexpected connection, but the secrets they hold threaten to derail a happily ever after. After defying orders and sneaking away from the lunar colony where she’s lived for the past decade, Uma Jamison revisits Earth, where she was born. While there, she encounters Talitha Neva, who makes a living as a scavenger and pseudo-celebrity streamer in AlphaZonia, a privatized city catering to the rich and spoiled. With Uma on the run from her own people and local security, she finds safety and companionship with Talitha, not suspecting that her new crush is looking for a runaway Moonling on behalf of a ruthless corporate overlord with the preposterous title of RayNay DeShoppingCart. The girls’ blossoming relationship loses some charm with its predication on coincidence and the instant-love trope: Talitha is literally the first person Uma meets on Earth. And while the satire of AlphaZonia’s rabid consumer culture is distractingly relentless, Swain’s (Gifted) fast-paced novel offers an engaging story line, a strong narrative voice, and intriguing worldbuilding. Ages 13–up. Agents: Stephanie Kip Rostan and Kerry Sparks, Levine Greenberg Rostan Literary Agency. (June)
Reviewed on: 04/30/2018 Release date: 06/12/2018 Genre: Children's
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