Author: Peevyhouse, Parker
Seventeen-year-old Lake seeks the secret heart of the computer simulation that safeguards passengers aboard a ship orbiting a post-apocalyptic Earth, on a quest that will either save or destroy them all.
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Booklist - 10/01/2019 *Starred Review* “You woke in a simulation, and then you woke to reality, he told himself. How do you know, each time you wake, that you’re waking at all?” Peevyhouse’s mind-bending sf thriller takes place in space, on an exploratory vessel that fled a dying Earth, and in the mind, in a simulated, postapocalyptic reality intended to prepare the ship’s inhabitants for their return. The simulation is supposed to end when the ship receives data that the planet is habitable; instead, only a fraction have woken from stasis, and the ship is failing. Seventeen-year-old Lake and her shipmate Taren spend more time in the sim than out, looking for the lost sleepers and helping them find an exit. First, though, they have to convince the sleepers they’re not in the real world, a difficult feat given the program’s immersive environment and tricky manipulations. Lake has multiple fail-safes to protect herself from losing track of reality, but even she has doubts. Peevyhouse presents just enough information about the technology and Earth’s fate to intensify the stakes, then focuses on telling a fascinating story. The intricate, ontological puzzle at the heart is grounded by relatable characters and desperate situations, and the tension increases with each layer of reality Lake peels away. Compulsively readable. - Copyright 2019 Booklist.