Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Living Hell

Living Hell by Catherine Jinks

Cheney is a 17-year-old who has lived his entire life on the spaceship Plexus. He and thousands of others on the ship are traveling through space searching for a new planet to call home. He's never been to Earth, nor does he know much about it except for what he's experienced in the virtual chamber. Life on the Plexus is uneventful...until the radiation wave hits.

Even though the ship was able to maneuver away from the center of the wave, it still absorbed some of the radiation. Directly after impact it appears the ship and its inhabitants came away unscathed. But quickly Cheney notices that the ship is beginning to undergo horrific changes. It is turning into an independent being that views Cheney and the others as enemies that must be killed.

Not knowing the extent of the threat or whether his family and friends are alive, Cheney must lead the few survivors left in a fight to stop the ship from extinguishing the last of the human race.

I'll admit Living Hell had a slow start and I almost gave up on it, but being a fan of Catherine Jink's previous books I decided to keep reading. I'm so glad I did because I loved this book! I could perfectly imagine the ship's grotesque transformation; the dread and horror felt by Cheney and the others felt palpable. For me, this is one of those stories that doesn't leave you right away. I'm going to be thinking about Cheney and what happened for quite awhile.

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