Title: Destination Unknown
Series: Remnants #2
Author: Katherine Applegate
Genre: Science Fiction
When the world ended, there was the Eighty. Eighty people given the chance for survival. Given the chance to board a revamped space shuttle programmed to find them a new place to live. Somewhere to start over after an asteroid had destroyed the entire human race. Now, after a five-hundred-year “nap,” the Eighty have landed—but not everyone survived the trip. And some of those who did aren’t quite right. Actually, there are a lot of things that aren’t quite right—especially about the place the Eighty land. Half the terrain looks as if it’s been made of bright, crazy brush-strokes, the other is like a haunting black-and-white photograph. Jobs, 2Face, Mo’Steel, and the other don’t know if they’re on another planet. If they’re dreaming. Or if they are alive at all. But if they are alive, can they survive on this strange, new world…?
“It took less than a year for Billy Weir to lose his mind.”
So begins the second book in the Remnants series. 500 years after the events of the first book, the Eighty have arrived. The ones that are still alive are waking up. But everything is even weirder than expected: the shuttle has landed vertically (and that shouldn’t be possible), the world they ended up on is partially black and white and partially full of colors and there’s a very strange baby among the survivors.
This book is a lot scarier than the first one. The survivors have arrived somewhere, and now they’re trying to figure out what to do and how to survive in this strange place. Not easy when there are aliens challenging you to battle and worms that really like the way you taste. Humans being humans, of course there’s also the fight for power. Even when there are so few of them left, someone has to be in charge. It’s actually really sad. In my review of the first book, I complained about kids being sent to space, but now it turns out that it would be better if there were more kids, because they had a bigger chance of surviving the trip. (But why did Yago have to survive? He’s the worst character and he needs to disappear.)
The strangest characters were Billy Weir and the baby. The biggest difference between them is that Billy is strange but still seems good and the baby seems quite evil. I don’t think I ever read a book with an evil baby before. It’s interesting but insanely creepy. Violet Blake turned out to be a great character, much smarter and a lot more useful than I expected. Her little speech about saving humanity was surprising but awesome.
I suppose the series will just keep getting weirder and scarier. I can’t wait 🙂