Maisie Danger Brown has big dreams; dreams that seem impossible since she only has one arm. However, she wins a contest and gets to go to a private space camp. While at space camp she meets other kids and becomes part of the fireteam that wins a trip into space. In space, Howell, the director of the program, shows them alien tokens. When the kids touch the tokens they are implanted into them and give the kids special abilities. Now that the kids are superheroes they begin to train together and learn about their powers. The alien technology isn’t safe and it starts changing the kids. Soon they are pitted against each other. When one dies their token gets absorbed by the kid touching them. Maisie accidentally absorbs a second token and takes off scared. There are groups trying to control the kids; there are alien invasion threats; and there are threats to Maisie and her family. She doesn’t know who to trust or if she can trust herself.
This book seemed ridiculous from beginning to end. It was really difficult to finish it because the story was just so out there. I usually love Shannon Hale’s work, but this one just didn’t work for me. The kids are mature way beyond their years. The alien technology thing was just bizarre. The relationship between Maisie and Wilder made me cringe every time they were together. And then came the alien invasion and Maisie’s single-handed work to stop it. I want my science fiction to be at least a little plausible and this one just wasn’t.
I received a copy of this book from Netgalley.