Synopses & Reviews
Seventeen-year-old Joss is a rebel, and a student of time travel at the prestigious Centre for Neo-Historical Studies. This year, for the first time, the Centre has an alien student? Mavkel, from the planet Choria. And Mavkel has chosen Joss, of all people, as his roommate and study partner. Then Mavkel gets sick. Joss quickly realizes that his will to live is draining away. The only way she can help Mavkel is by breaking the Centre?s strictest rules . . . and that means going back in time to change history.
"Seventeen-year-old Joss Aaronson, a brilliant, resourceful student who chafes at authority, narrates this tale of galactic conspiracy unfolding at an elite high school. Joss is one of the few students of time travel at the Centre for Neo-Historical Studies, and her feisty narration crackles with energy ('I remembered a saying that you can never return home. I'd add a rider to that if you do return home, give back your key and get the hell out of there'). Humanity has recently made first contact with an alien race, the intriguingly odd Chorians (characterized by two noses, two mouths and a Borg-like group-think), and a Chorian student, Mavkel, has come to study at the Centre. Because the Chorians do not work alone, Mavkel must have a partner and in grand ceremony, Joss is deemed the chosen one. As the story unfolds, the two play a crucial role in an expansive diplomatic drama. The setting may be somewhat familiar to SF readers in Goodman's future, a vividly realized quasi-nightmare, many of the finest technological achievements turn out to be mixed blessings but the ideas come tumbling out of the narrative with such speed and ease that this world becomes an entirely new creation. Each page seems to offer two or three new ideas, any one of which could give rise to an entire chapter. Indeed, readers will likely find that not only do they need to read this novel a second time in order to catch all the details, they will look forward to it. Ages 12-up." Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.)
A gripping tale in a fully-realized world. A winner. (Kirkus Reviews
, starred review)
Seventeen-year-old Joss is a rebel and a student of time travel. This year, an alien student, Mavkel, from the planet Choria, has chosen Joss as his study partner. Can this very different pair manage to live together--even learn from each other?
About the Author
Alison Goodman was born in Australia and after a bit of wandering, now lives in her beloved hometown, Melbourne. She was the 1999 D.J. O’Hearn Memorial Fellow at Melbourne University, holds a master of arts, and teaches creative writing at the postgraduate level.