In the future, the Earth has been annihilated and humans live in space cities orbiting the radiated Earth. 100 hundred teen convicts are sent to Earth to determine if the planet is now inhabitable. The future of the human race depends on it.
This book is coming out in September and it is already being developed into a series for the CW. This was an entertaining read. Not great quality literature, nothing incredibly new, but it should be a hit with teen readers. I read it in a couple of hours and was completely satisfied when it was over. With Ender's Game coming to the big screen soon and the show coming to the CW, I imagine this will be mega popular. Plus, it was nice to have some legitimate science fiction. Pair it with Across the Universe with Beth Revis and Ender's Game by Orson Scott card and you have an interesting look at life in space. Also, it would make an interesting pairing with the short story All Summer in a Day by Ray Bradbury, one of my very favorites and if you haven't read it you should.
My only quibble, it goes from being an awesome space adventure to another dystopian once the teens are on Earth, but there is still stuff happening up in space and I am sure in future books they will keep going back there for the politics, etc. This is book 1 in a new series. A solid 3 stars because it is an entertaining read and should be popular. Coming in September from Little, Brown. ISBN: 9780316234474.