eARC Book Review: Homesick at Space Camp by Francis Gideon

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The planet Zaffre is known for two things: blue sand deserts and the fact it’s number one in robots mechanics and AI software development. Eastyn Ptolemy, a human worker from Earth, patrols Zaffre’s main loading docks during his night shifts. Ever since coming to Zaffre with his sister, Genna, his life has been easier–but also far too quiet.

To break up the monotony on one of his shifts, Eastyn listens to the local radio station where DJ Milo does all-night requests. After many late nights spent with Milo on the phone, Eastyn realizes he is actually Milo Struthers, former guitarist and backing vocalist of the band Lightning Years. Only now, after a bad accident, Milo has been reduced to a sophisticated AI that runs the radio station, struggling for a proper body and autonomy…

I received this book from the publisher on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Eastyn is a security guard on the planet Zaffre in the year 2105. He came from Earth because be believes there to be nothing more for him down there. One night while he’s on duty, he tunes into this radio station, Blue Station Zero, and hear’s the DJ’s asking for requests. Eastyn calls in and so starts their jump into a life that seems slightly strange and different than most people’s.

This book was adorable, amazing and was basically perfect. The mix of AI and human reminded me a lot of movie AI: Artificial Intelligence but with a twist. When Eastyn finds out that Milo is an AI and was actually part of a band that died fifty years ago, this is where it all starts. I thought it was amazing that Eastyn was able to have some sort of feelings for Milo, without ever seeing him and just hearing his voice. The whole concept of this book is what drew me towards it in the first place.

The way the book was played out was fantastic and the writing was so amazing and never once did I narrow my eyes because I found it ‘unrealistic’. The writer made me believe that everything in this book was real and it was believable to think that it was actually the year 2105.

Read: 27 January 2016
Rating: ✮✮✮✮

Publication Date: 24 February 2016
Publisher: Less Than Three Press
Link to Author’s Goodreads Page: Francis Gideon




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