- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Penguin (5 Mar. 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 014103971X
- ISBN-13: 978-0141039718
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.6 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,068,359 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Journey into Space Paperback – 5 Mar 2009
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About the Author
Toby Litt was born in 1968. He is the author of Adventures in Capitalism, Beatniks, Corpsing, deadkidsongs, Exhibitionism, Finding Myself, Ghost Story, Hospital and I Play the Drums in a Band Called Okay. In 2003, he was named one of Granta's Best of Young British Novelists. His website can be found at www.tobylitt.com
Top Customer Reviews
August and Celeste are two of the first children born on the ship, closely related through blood and with interests that differ from the rest of the crew. While the crew continue with their lives August and Celeste meet at the abandoned tennis courts and dream of a world where only they exist. It is through these descriptions and their relationship that the seed is sown to forever change to future of the Armenia and its crew.
Journey Into Space is split into five sections, four large and one small epilogue-type. With the first focusing on August and Celeste and the remaining ones then following their descendants, we have a story that covers a long period in the life of the Armenia.
My first impression of Journey Into Space was that it was a very descriptive novel, one where you could feel yourself getting lost in the images it bought. This was very much to do with August and Celeste and the way their exchanges and daydream-like sections separated them from the reality of life on board a never-changing colony ship. Their relationship - two blood relatives of the same age - is not unusual in one sense, but because of the situation they are in they become ever closer which leads to the inevitable sexual attraction.Read more ›
This is a stunning piece of work. A study of life on a generation starship and the repercussions of the rebellious behaviour of two teens. The writing is hypnotic throughout and keeps you gripped in it's velvet claws and refuses to let you go. The storyline may be slightly predictable at times but when the writing is of this quality I don't care.
The title says it all. This is a perfect book. You need to read it.
This is not a rollicking high octane work of sci-fi with two-headed mutants chasing the hapless crew round a doomed ship. This is a thoughtful, insightful examination of humanity under extraordinary circumstances. August and Celeste are beautifully realised as characters but are allowed to fade out of the story as their children and grandchildren take centre stage. the prose is smooth, slick and absorbing throughout. Litt's focus shifts effortlessly from the intensly personal to a godlike perspective which allows him to skim years in sentences (He skims years in a few sentences near the start as well but not on the same scale as he does later). This book is IMHO brilliant.
If you like your sci-fi to be more thoughtful and serious, you have to read this book.
The events/relationships on the ship at times are described in a very unemotional, matter of fact monologue, much like you would get with a narrator while watching a tv documentary on Auschwitz. Not sure if this was intentional or not. It is fairly easy to read, though keeping up with the cousins, nephews etc was a little challenging at times but didn’t affect the following of the story.
The book does approach a couple of moral dilemmas; namely that of religion with the massive problems it can cause. Also, perhaps a bit more on the controversial side, how older people can adversely interfere with good looking young people and their personal life’s. The older people doing this simply because they want to, they can and feel they have a right to do so.
For those thinking of buying this book for the sci-fi space journey perspective then I would think twice. The book is barely about space or anything sci-fi. The story could be just the same if it was some big building that no one was allowed to enter or leave on planet earth.
This book is an almost exact copy...in both ideas and plot to James Follett's "Earth Search" series, only without the imagination and story telling. Pathetic and for the first time I can remember I threw it in the recycling bin after ...with a sigh of relief, finishing it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
No wonder the crew left earth on a space journey planning never to return - presumably after reading this book. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Bobg
In brief: a critique on the inevitability of human folly, with some exceptionally gripping description. Really enjoyed it... highly recommended!Published on 6 July 2014 by Sally
...in more ways than one. I'd read Toby Litt before and didn't expect this kind of book from him. Still good fun.Published on 17 Jun. 2014 by Mr. J. A. F. Turner
I love sci-fi but sadly this book didn't make the grade. I have recently adopted the `Rule of 50' if after 50 pages I am not enjoying the book I just put it down. Read morePublished on 19 Aug. 2010 by BristolVoyage
Toby Litt is one of my favourite authors, largely as a result of Corpsing - a crime novel I really, really enjoyed. Read morePublished on 18 July 2010 by Federhirn
Well up front in this one - this is a strange book, predictable in that ark/generation ships get a predictable going over as humans over a period of time and generations seem to... Read morePublished on 23 Mar. 2010 by A. J. Sudworth
With what could you compare this highly original SF novel? Maybe the closest thing is 'Space Odyssey 2001'. Read morePublished on 24 Nov. 2009 by Jan Dierckx
Once I started I could not stop till I had finished. It struck me within 20 pages of the book that, yes, this would be what it was like to be one of the middle generations in a... Read morePublished on 20 Nov. 2009 by Ransen Owen
Toby Litt uses the science fiction genre to put his characters in unusual situations that would be difficult or impossible to achieve in any present day or historical literary... Read morePublished on 5 Aug. 2009 by Keith D. Brown