The Highest Frontier

The Highest Frontier

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In the 22nd Century, Jennifer Kennedy, the shy and tongue-tied counterpoint to her charismatic brother Jordi, is left stunned when Jordi drowns in a flood brought on by advanced climate change. Bereft and fearful, Jenny departs Earth to enter her freshman year at Frontera College, based in the world's first permanent and self-sustaining space habitat.

In a future when the deadly microbes that caused AIDS and anthrax have been modified to power elevators and cure disease, Jenny just wants to study and play slanball in peace. But as the endless war on the ultraphyte, an invasive alien organism, rages on, Jenny begins to notice that things aren't quite right--not with her socially disabled roommate, nor at the college, nor in American politics. An accidental discovery reveals that "ultra" has infiltrated to shocking levels of society. Reluctant as she is to enter the spotlight, Jenny must step up to save her school, her country, and the world.

Publisher: New York : Tom Doherty Associates, 2012, c2011
Edition: 1st mass market ed. --
ISBN: 9780765367723
Characteristics: 481 p


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Apr 28, 2012

I gave up on this book after 85 pages. Poor Jenny goes to college in space, only to be hounded by her helicopter parents, celebrity TV news, and enough critters to cause me claustrophobia.

Mar 08, 2012

I put off reading this at first, because neither the cover art or the title really grabbed me. Once I started it, I was hooked! It has a bit of a YA feel, with a young girl going off to college. The book has nice details, like the tax system that is entirely gambling based (the government takes the house share). It was a lot harder SF than I expected from the cover, and I really enjoyed it! Give it a try; this book is a hidden gem.

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