My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Earth to Dad is a beautiful, moving story about an 11-year-old boy, Jameson, set in a future where the Earth is moving closer to the sun after a meteor brushes past Jupiter, creating a bad chain reaction. Now things are dangerously heating up on the Earth’s surface and the only hope is to create a settlement on Mars, where Jameson’s father and other scientists are working.
I’ve always been a big fan of sci-fi books, television, and movies, and Earth to Dad had me hooked with this seemingly possible sci-fi premise. Krista Van Dolzer seamlessly weaves in the worldbuilding for this future world and it’s struggles. Her breakdown of the meteor event was eerily tangible (I surely hope this doesn’t happen!), and we feel we are there in the heat and confinement of this tragic Earth.
I loved the friendship between Jameson and the prickly Astra, how much they have in common but how different they are. Their escalating adventures kept me reading and hoping they would succeed.
There is something so relatable about the connection Jameson has with his dad. Even in a world that feels so different from our own, Dolzer keeps this deep family connection firmly at the heart of her story.
I loved this book and am looking forward to reading it with my kids.
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