Space City is a spacecraft designed to mimic life on Earth for everyone onboard. While on board, everyone feels like they are on a planet, instead of a ship. From a distance it looks like a floating city in space, complete with an artificial atmosphere and gravity.
The characters: Neil Ericson (wild red hair; MC), Riagan (a viewpoint character) and Rois Byrne, Maellyn Travena, and Jaya (a blue-skinned Azzaro alien) form a close-knit group of friends, but nevertheless trust is a major theme of the novel, especially earned vs blind trust.
3D printing plays a large role in this book; the teenagers at the academy use futuristic 3D printers (which resemble black racing batons) to create objects to solve problems, especially in their exams. The group uses wrist-comps (like small tablets strapped to their left arms) to control the 3D printers, scan creatures they encounter in their explorations and then tap into Space City’s knowledge base to learn about those creatures, and perform body scans to check for vitals or measure the severity of injuries, among other things.
The tone and plot are intended to appeal to a broad YA audience. Think Harry Potter meets the new Star Trek films; Starfleet Academy for young teens.
• Dimensions – 9.5 x 6.25 inches. 304 pages long. Half inch margins on the edges for text.