Tor, 2020 (2020)
Reviewed by Hilary Williamson
n Parker Peevyhouse's
, seventeen-year-old Lake spends her time searching a virtual reality for fellow teens and finding ways to yank them out of it.
he teens are on a spaceship that was sent into orbit around Earth after a nuclear catastrophe. Most of their families were left behind, unlikely to survive. After awakening from a long sleep, they were enclosed in stasis chambers, spending their time in in shared virtual reality, intended to teach them how to survive after Earth becomes habitable once more.
ow, Earth has recovered, but the ship will not release its passengers until all leave the simulation, and those in the simulation have ended up believing it real. Lake likes spending time there herself, with her beloved young sister Willow, who was left behind on Earth. The situation becomes critical as the spaceship's life support systems start to fail.
ake persuades Taren to leave the sim and he insists on helping her. She also regularly meets loner Ransom in the virtual world, but has been unable to get him out. This tale twists and turns through worlds real and virtual, where little is as it seems, until the shocker of an ending in a new world.
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