What's Out There?

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What's Out There?

"The stars are like the trees in the forest, alive and breathing. And they're watching me.” -Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the Shore

The wide vacuum of space: black, never-ending, mysterious and beautiful. Haven’t you ever wondered what could be lurking among the stars? These YA novelists have a few ideas, and not all of them involve peaceful alien alliances or inter-dimensional romance.
 
The Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James
Romy Silvers did not want to be captain of The Infinity, a state-of-the-art spaceship traveling faster than light in search for inhabitable planets in far-off galaxies. But after her parents and the rest of Infinity’s crew die mysteriously, the fate of humanity rests in Romy’s hands. That’s why she’s so excited to learn that another spaceship, The Eternity, is about to join her own, taking some of the weight off her shoulders and relieving her ten years of loneliness as the Infinity’s sole passenger. Romy exchanges messages with Eternity’s captain, a kind-hearted, honest young man named J. Romy has never felt like this about anyone before—she’s never even met anyone before—but she can’t seem to shake the feeling that something about J just doesn’t seem right.
 
These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman
It’s a night like any other on the luxury space liner Icarus when catastrophe strikes, yanking the ship out of hyperspace and sending it hurling towards the nearest planet. Only Lilac LaRoux, the wealthy daughter of an intergalactic business mogul, and Tarver Marendsen, a young war hero who comes from nothing, survive. Together, they must make the perilous journey across the eerie, deserted surface of the planet they find themselves on if they ever hope to survive. But chilling whispers haunt their every step and eyes seem to be watching them from every shadow. Lilac and Tarver only have each other, and they may find a way off this planet. But they won’t be the same people they were when they landed on it.
 
Contagion by Erin Bowman
17-year-old Thea Sadik values her highly coveted internship at futuristic Hevetz Industries as her way out of her disastrous home life. She has her future planned out perfectly: do well enough at her internship to get a job on Achlys, a planet far away from her foster family and make enough money to stay there and become independent. But when a distress call from deep space puts her in the path of a deadly disease, a secretive stranger, and hurls her off into the cold recesses of space with no way to communicate and no way to get home, Thea has to rethink her carefully planned out future. After all, she might be infected.
 
The Tomb by S.A. Bodeen
“Your world is as you see it to be. Until it isn’t.” Kiva and her classmates thought they were growing up in ancient Alexandria. That’s what their parents, their teachers, and everyone they trusted led them to believe, until Kiva’s friend Seth woke up two years ago. They’ve been in a sleep chamber in deep space—their entire experience in “Alexandria” has been virtual reality, and now that their ship is in need of an engine part to ensure that it keeps running, Seth and Kiva must journey out into space and communicate with other ships that have been silent for years.
 
Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray  
Noemi Vidal is a teenage soldier from the planet Genesis, a colony of Earth that is now fighting for its independence against an infinite robot army full of mechanical soldiers called mechs. After a surprise attack, Naomi finds herself on an abandoned enemy space craft where she meets Abel, an enemy mech who should be trying to kill her, but whose programming has instead forced him to obey her every command. Together, Naomi and Abel embark on a daring voyage throughout the galaxy that could end up changing their opinions on the intergalactic war and each other.