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Mary and Joe are young people just graduating from their General Lessons. It is time for them to go to their first Project Day and choose the first Project they will to join. Mary wants desperately to get her boyfriend, Joe, to join her in the NutriSuit Project, but Joe wants just as desperately to do a Journalist Project because a major event is happening and Joe has an opportunity to play an important role.
A space colony called L5Pilgrim is trying to break away from the established ISS (International Space Station) and form their own weightless community. There is a fierce objection by the international community. People in power at ISS are meeting to approve an invasion of the station so they can return it to normal. However, some of the leaders at ISS who are against the colony have their own devious desires for the rebellious space station.
Both Joe and Mary eventually accept the challenge of getting into the rebel community to report on what is happening in an effort to see if they can help end the conflict peacefully, since the invasion is imminent.
This is a story of their adventure and what eventually happens. Throughout the story, a picture is painted of our life on Earth and in space in the not-too-distant future. How homes are designed, how robots evolve, life in space, and lots of other things are described. Also described are the unavoidable major new challenges we will have created with our advancing technology.
What happens in this exciting story and what finally results will surprise you.
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By Tensy on 12-19-14
50s Style YA science fiction story
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First, I was given this audiobook for free for an honest review. This is a short novella with young protagonists. I did not enjoy Simon Vance's narration at all. He made the female characters sound like little children, which irritated me to no end. Someone has already mentioned that the novel has a dated feel to it and Vance's narration sounded like a grandfather telling a story to his grandkids. The character's names, Mary, Joe, Larry, Amy and the use of dated terms such as "bots" will not strike a cord with the current generation of young readers.
I felt too much of the novel was "described" rather than flowing from the action. The old writing adage "show, don't tell" is a technique often employed to enable the reader to experience the story through action, words, thoughts, senses, and feelings rather than through the author's exposition and description. Kirby needs to work on his writing style and do much more "showing" than "telling". The world building was interesting.
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By AudioBook Reviewer on 01-30-15
Now I’m expecting great things from T.J Kirby
I wasn’t really sure what to expect from Our Future Good, it wasn’t a book I had heard anything about and I had never heard of the author. After listening to the audio book I’m expecting great things from T.J Kirby. I’m not sure of the target audience for this audio book but I think that it would be perfect for young adults or anyone that enjoys a good story with a heart. The audio book is only 2 hours and 47 minutes, I was easily able to listen to it in one session, although it was that good, I have actually listened to it more than once. In a future were space travel is normal and people are living on space colonies two of them; L5Pilgrim and ISS are getting ready to head to war with each other, were genocide is a potential outcome. Mary & Joe are heading to their first project day and are undecided what they want to do, they know they want to be together but cannot decide which project they want to join. Mary wants to work on technology developments and Joe has his heart set on becoming a journalist and getting the facts and information to the public about what is really happening on the space colonies. You really need to join this pair of fun, interesting characters to see what they decide and how this adventure turns out. The book also has some very interesting ideas on future technology, which really adds to the story.
Simon Vance does a fantastic job with the narration, grabbing the readers attention and holding it for the duration of the story. I became invested in the characters that were wonderfully performed, and easily identifiable, you just couldn’t help but want them to succeed. The story is inspiring in a way that is quite special and heart-warming, which really shows through with the narration.
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