Book Review- Waste of Space

Thursday, 20 July 2017
Title: Waste of Space
Author: Gina Damico
Published: 11th July 2017
Pages: 400
Genre: YA, Sci-Fi

Rating: 4/5 stars

Cram ten hormonal teens into a spaceship and blast off: that’s the premise for the ill-conceived reality show Waste of Space. The kids who are cast know everything about drama—and nothing about the fact that the production is fake. Hidden in a desert warehouse, their spaceship replica is equipped with state-of-the-art special effects dreamed up by the scientists partnering with the shady cable network airing the show. And it’s a hit! Millions of viewers are transfixed. But then, suddenly, all communication is severed. Trapped and paranoid, the kids must figure out what to do when this reality show loses its grip on reality. -Goodreads

My thanks to Net Galley and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers for the review copy.
I really enjoyed this YA novel, it is a fascinating and unique premise for a novel, and it was very fun to read! It's also easy and quick to read, I managed to read it all in one day, and it kept my interest the whole time. 
The premise of the novel is set up like a Big Brother style show, with cameras following the kids the whole time. As well as being an entertaining method, having it be told as a collection of evidence gathered by someone looking back on the events definitely helped hype up the excitement and the action that would come at the end of the novel.
Damico is a humourous writer, there were many moments where I actually laughed out loud. The novel is also a good satirical narrative on reality tv, and the society that spends its time watching it. 
Damico has written a nice cast of characters, she has captured the voice of teenagers well, the teenage characters who's voices we hear seem realistic and believable for their ages. But I did think that the characters were quite stereotypical , which I wasn't so keen on, it seemed a little lacking in imagination and creativity from Damico to think of any characters that weren't quite so obvious.
I was also a little disappointed by the ending of this novel. There's a specific event (no spoilers!!) that occurs that takes the novel from a "fairly" realistic premise to utterly ridiculous!
But with the exception of the ending and slightly disappointing character stereotypes, the novel was otherwise enjoyable, and I gave it 4/5 stars.

Happy reading!! 


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