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Había una vez....

There lived a girl named Petra Peña, who wanted nothing more than to be a storyteller, like her abuelita. But Petra's world is ending. Earth has been destroyed by a comet, and only a few hundred scientists and their children - among them Petra and her family - have been chosen to journey to a new planet. They are the ones who must carry on the human race. 

Hundreds of years later, Petra wakes to this new planet - and the discovery that she is the only person who remembers Earth. A sinister Collective has taken over the ship during its journey, bent on erasing the sins of humanity's past. They have systematically purged the memories of all aboard - or purged them altogether. Petra alone now carries the stories of our past, and with them, any hope for our future. Can she make them live again?

Pura Belpré Honor-winning author Donna Barba Higuera presents us with a brilliant journey through the stars, to the very heart of what makes us human.

©2021 Donna Barba Higuera (P)2021 Recorded Books

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Well-deserving of the Newbery

A dystopia about the importance of diversity and the power of stories. Fantastic world building and a perfect pacing that balances suspense and character building. My only qualm is I want more! I would love to see a sequel.

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Teen tale

Picked this for the narrator whom I enjoyed on a previous listen. This title is definitely for teens and Corzo narrated to that demographic. This was not for me, but would be an excellent choice for a teen girl into speculative fiction.

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  • 06-14-22

Amazing story!

Absolutely loved this book! Great narrator. Excellent plot. Compelling and engaging storytelling. Some sci-fi books delve so exhaustively into the minutae of the setting that they lose the characters (and my interest). Perfect combination of pertinent and interesting details and focus on the character's story unfolding.

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Amazing

I think this book is amazing but I do think it can be scary at times and is not appropriate for younger ages

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  • 08-01-22

Pretty damn good ,well for a book

Over all nice story and the person who said da story had nice storytelling skills so ya

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Out of this World

I had no idea Higuera would transport me to an alternate reality, but I am glad she did. Her attention to creative details, while maintaining family-centured values, guides the reader on an unexpected journey to a strangely familiar place. Bravo!

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Love ❤️ ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️!

Probably the best best book in the world!!!!!!!!❤️❤️♥️♥️❤️I loved it so much.just to good!

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All setup, no payoff.

Just when the story feels like the intro is ending and the good part of the story is about to take off... The book ends.

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LOVE IT!!!!!!!

I really loved this book and I love this narrator! thought that it was amazing used this when I wanted to listen and when I got hurt

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Stories Within Stories? Yes!

listened on Audible and the narrator was wonderful, changing her tone with each character and I could feel the emotion as she read. So many stories by the MC that were told to her when she was on earth woven into this story about her journey to Saga and what she does to survive once there and woken. She lost so much but then gained so much in the end. Heartbreaking, mystical, intense and joyful. An absolute must read, or listen!