The Sky So Big and Black
Terpichore Murray is growing up on Mars. She wants to quit school and become an eco-prospector like her father. He has other ideas; not only does he want her to stay in school, he wants her along on his next long trip conducting a group of younger kids from the highlands at Mars's equator back to school in Wells City.
Early in the trip, disaster strikes-and it's up to Terry, without adult help, to get the survivors to safety, through several hundred miles of Martian wilderness. In the process, she will encounter the self-engineered "Mars-form" humans, usually shunned by the regular colonists-and One True, the collective intelligence that dominates Earth and from whom the Mars colonists are all separated. In the process she may well come of age and change the course of human history in the solar system . . . if Mars doesn't kill her first.
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Review: The Sky So Big and Black (Century Next Door #4)User Review - Steve Hughes - Goodreads
Seems to be a whole bunch of vaguely disconnected ideas thrown together to make a rather disquieting story. A coming of age teenage adventure story turns into a vague and disturbing dystopia. Not a conventionally put together story at all, but pretty satisfying for hard-core genre fans. Read full review
Review: The Sky So Big and Black (Century Next Door #4)User Review - Gar - Goodreads
Like "Orbital Resonance" this is more of a side-story in Barnes' interconnected Century Next Door books than the main event double ("Kaleidoscope Century" and "Candle"). First-person narration between ... Read full review