Review: Alone Out Here by Riley Redgate

Title: Alone Out Here
Author: Riley Redgate
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Release Date: April 5th, 2022
Page Length: 400
Genre: Science Fiction | Thriller
Age Range: YA
Rating: 4⭐

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Goodreads Synopsis: What do you stand for, when you’re one of the last left standing?

The year is 2072. Soon a volcanic eruption will trigger catastrophic devastation, and the only way out is up.

While the world’s leaders, scientists, and engineers oversee the frantic production of a space fleet meant to save humankind, their children are brought in for a weekend of touring the Lazarus, a high-tech prototype spaceship. But when the apocalypse arrives months ahead of schedule, First Daughter Leigh Chen and a handful of teens from the tour are the only ones to escape the planet.

This is the new world: a starship loaded with a catalog of human artifacts, a frozen menagerie of animal DNA, and fifty-three terrified survivors. From the panic arises a coalition of leaders, spearheaded by the pilot’s enigmatic daughter, Eli, who takes the wheel in their hunt for a habitable planet. But as isolation presses in, their uneasy peace begins to fracture. The struggle for control will mean the difference between survival and oblivion, and Leigh must decide whether to stand on the side of the mission or of her own humanity.

With aching poignancy and tense, heart-in-your-mouth action, this enthralling saga will stay with readers long after the final page. 

Thoughts

I had a lot of fun with this one. I couldn’t get enough of it and, of course, binged it in one day! I have never read a book by Riley before, but she definitely has a way of writing in twists and turns and keeping a reader interested.

I had heard that Alone Out Here had a Lord of the Flies in Space feels, and I can’t deny that. There are Lord of the Flies feels because they are teenagers alone with no contact to civilization and need to survive and create a new society – and yes it happens in space. But I don’t feel like that’s where this story ends. Riley gave it more depth and even though I had read Lord of the Flies (LOTF) recently, I was still surprised with the twists and turns. The main characters I felt had more depth than those in LOTF. I also liked more of the characters here, even the ones that I was suppose to hate I enjoyed hating them (unlike LOTF where I just found all the boys annoying and unlikable). I also like the conflicts that were brought up – more current issues – and how the characters handled – or didn’t handle them. The characters were flawed in a way you expect teenagers to be, not fully knowledgeable to what’s happening but wanting to continue. A lot of mistakes were made simply because they haven’t had the years of experience to see that wasn’t the right decision. At the same time, they seemed aware of the issues the adults had in making these same decisions and would challenge at different points.

Overall, I really enjoyed this quick scifi read, but I could see why some who are fans of LOTF wouldn’t enjoy it as much. I plan on reading more of Riley’s work because I really enjoyed her twists and writing style.

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