Saturday, July 8, 2017

ARC Review: What Goes Up by Katie Kennedy

What Goes Up
Author: Katie Kennedy
Publication: Bloomsbury (July 18, 2017)

Description: Rosa and Eddie are among hundreds of teens applying to NASA's mysterious Interworlds Agency. They're not exactly sure what the top-secret program entails, but they know they want in. Rosa has her brilliant parents' legacies to live up to, and Eddie has nowhere else to go--he's certainly not going to stick around and wait for his violent father to get out of jail. Even if they are selected, they have no idea what lies in store. But first they have to make it through round after round of crazy-competitive testing.

And then something happens that even NASA's scientists couldn't predict . . .

From the author of the acclaimed Learning to Swear in America comes another high-stakes adventure that's absolutely out of this world.

My Thoughts: WHAT GOES UP was an exciting science fiction story filled with great characters and lots of adventure. NASA is looking for the best and the brightest high school juniors to become part of an Interworlds Agency team. They start with 200 but will be weeding it down to 2.

The main characters in this story are Rosa who is the child of scientists and who feels she needs to live up to their accomplishments; Eddie who was raised by his physicist grandmother while his violent father has been in prison; Theo who is the son of medical professionals; and Brad whose father can buy or sell NASA and thinks he deserves special privileges because of it.

After a series of tests both normal and abstract, the two hundred are narrowed down to Rosa, Eddie, Theo and Brad. They are being mentored by Reg who is recovering from a plane crash. Barely into training, something happens that puts them right on the front line when aliens appear.

I enjoyed the all the characters but my favorite was definitely Eddie. He was smart but dealing with lots of difficulties in his life. He was used to being distrusted just because of who is father is. He also is essentially on his own and aware of his own loneliness.

Fans of adventure and science fiction will enjoy this story.

Favorite Quote:
"What am I hearing?" Reg demanded. "Are you kissing? Damn it, we have two more ships to scuttle."

"In the movies, romantic scenes have a better soundtrack," Eddie said. It came out a little muffled, because she was still attached to his lower lip.
I received this one for review from Bloomsbury. You can buy your copy here.

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