Published by Razorbill on June 21st, 2016
Genre: Young Adult Science Fiction
For Tara Krishnan, navigating Brierly, the academically rigorous prep school she attends on scholarship, feels overwhelming and impossible. Her junior year begins in the wake of a startling discovery: A message from an alternate Earth, light years away, is intercepted by NASA. This means that on another planet, there is another version of Tara, a Tara who could be living better, burning brighter, because of tiny differences in her choices. The world lights up with the knowledge of Terra Nova, the mirror planet, and Tara’s life on Earth begins to change. At first, small shifts happen, like attention from Nick Osterman, the most popular guy at Brierly, and her mother playing hooky from work to watch the news all day. But eventually those small shifts swell, the discovery of Terra Nova like a black hole, bending all the light around it. As a new era of scientific history dawns and Tara's life at Brierly continues its orbit, only one thing is clear: Nothing on Earth--or for Tara--will ever be the same again.
What did I just read? Honestly, it was a mixture of science fiction psych, messy love triangle, obvious plot twists. Expectations: I was really looking forward to a space adventure. Where the characters discover a way to communication with Terra Nova, pretty much to the point where they eventually find themselves traveling to the strange, conveniently overlooked planet just on the edge of the Milkyway. Actualizations: I was not expecting to be dragged through a girl's struggles of maintaining her relationships with her delusional mother, best friend, and a new group of popular friends. The story heavily revolved around Tara's grudges and secrets. Terra Nova was pushed aside for the majority of the story. The planet really had no significance at all. It was just something that lingered in the character's thoughts, as well as above their heads. I nothing would change significantly if the planet was never discovered. The only thing this book has going is its cover. The writing was good, but the story took away from that.