Rocket Girls: The Last Planet
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From the Seiun Award-winning author of Userper of the Sun
When the Rocket Girls accidentally splash down in the pond of Yukari Morita's old school, it looks as though their experiment is ruined. Luckily, the geeky Akane is there to save the day. Fitting the profile--she's intelligent, enthusiastic, and petite--Akane is soon recruited by the Solomon Space Association. Yukari and Akane are then given the biggest Rocket Girl mission yet: to do what NASA astronauts cannot and save a probe headed to the minor planet Pluto and the very edge of the solar system.
About the author:
Housuke Nojiri was born in Mie, Japan, in 1961. After working in instrumentation control, CAD programming, and game design, he published his first work, The Blind Spot of Veis, based on the video game Creguian, in 1992. He gained popularity with his subsequent works the Creguian series and the Rocket Girl series. In 2002, he published Usurper of the Sun (Haikasoru 2009), ushering in a new era of space science fiction in Japan. After first appearing as a series of short stories, Usurper won the Seiun Award for best Japanese science fiction novel of 2002. His other works include Pendulum of Pinieru and Fuwa-Fuwa no Izumi.
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A joy to read
An excellent follow up to Rocket Girls as a third teen astronaut joins the Solomon Space Association and Yukari and Co. test their mettle against another of the Big Guys of space flight. This is a wonderful antidote to the plethora of supernatural and apocalyptic fiction flooding bookstores. It reads like one of Robert Heinlein's early young adult novels, without the lone hero overcoming all odds. Instead, we have heroines who must cooperate with others to succeed.