- Book: No Space Like Home
- Author: Dell Tunnicliff
- Genre: Fiction/YA/Science Fiction
- Release Date: September 4, 2019
If life were only as simple as following a yellow brick road. Gail’s quiet life among the Kansa Station turbines ends with a hug, a prayer, and a shove… into space.
She thinks she knows who she is, but she’s wrong. Who is she really? She’s about to find out.
Of course, landing on the wrong planet is complicated enough without crashing into things. Add to that spybots, waspbots, and cyberwolves and it’s no wonder Gail just wants to go home. Back to a life without this interplanetary circus and its flying monkeys.
Intrigue, secrets, and more than a little danger turn a “simple mission” into a hair-raising adventure as Gail—and three friends she meets along the way—accept a mission to save O-Zoras.
In the end, Gail wants nothing more to go home. She’s just not sure where that is anymore. “I’ve decided that home is more about who than where.” Well, that’s a good thing, Gail, because you’re not on Kansa anymore. It’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz meets Firefly in this fresh, a little zarbi, but totally licit YA space adventure. Grab your copy today and see what ALL that even means!
It is fun looking for the elements in No Space Like Home that matched the Wizard of Oz book and movie. Most of the characters and plot action were similar but there were a few surprise twists to characters, plot, and setting.
Not all of the new versions of familiar characters are likable. A pleasant addition to the plot is some religion as Gail takes an old family Bible with her on her flight through the galaxy.
I enjoyed the familiarity and the newness. It felt like I was exploring new world’s and cultures along with Gail (Dorothy obviously). I think you will laugh when you find a familiar element from our current culture.
There is an elitist class system in this futuristic society that expanded out from Earth long ago. The author, Dell Tunnicliff, uses this to address concepts of discrimination and racism giving the book more depth.
Gail’s painting hobby is a fun addition as we see the reference to actual artists in our history and famous paintings. A further chance to learn something new exists with the use of a couple uncommon scientific words! I did not know, either, that turbines kill birds. I found her brief mention of nutritional principles fascinating too.
There were a couple moments toward the beginning where a situation seemed forced and answers too pat. Despite this, I enjoyed reading No Space Like Home. Dell Tunnicliff does an excellent job of subtly reminding us of the character’s connection with the original book’s characters. I was happy to see a second book is coming out soon. A variety of droids, technology, and the winged monkeys (her kids insisted she keep them) with a little romance make this a delightful read!
I received a free advanced reader copy of this book. All opinions are completely my own.
About the Author
Dell lives on the windswept Wyoming plains with her husband, six children, a cardigan corgi dog, a calico cat, and a flock of chickens.
A lifelong reader, and lover of words, she also loves the Word; God’s good news to us.
She takes the path less traveled, and that has made all the difference.
More from Dell
We are our heavenly father’s children, created to create.
When I set out to write this novel, I craved challenge—something that would stretch my own imagination. The wild, otherworldly, frontier of science-fiction winked at me like a distant star in the night-sky of possibility. I admire teens and young-adults for their eagerness to seize the wonder of “What if.” So, young-adult sci-fi it is!
Creating an entire fictional solar system was every bit of the creative rush I hoped. Orchestrating a dance of stars and planets, designing a space ship, imaging cultures, people-groups, values, and linguistic quirks provided ample opportunities to stretch my creative muscles.
And then there was the naming! Names are yet another way we reflect our divine author. Our loving and personal God spoke each star into being and calls each by name. In No Space Like Home, I named the four-sun solar system, “Hiraeth.” It’s a Welsh word for that vague, yet poignant yearning for a place to which you can never return, have never been, or even that never was. It’s a deep, inborn longing for someone, something or somewhere just out of reach of our plane of existence. As Christians, we feel this keenly. This world isn’t our eternal home. We thirst for Jesus. We hunger for heaven. We long for a garden—unmarred by thorns and thistles of the fall. We ache to know ourselves and our loved ones as God designed– in perfect relationship with Him, unfettered by sin.
As part of this longing, we create and we name. We are all world-builders, designing with the materials around us, and bringing order to our sphere in small ways and large. We are image-bearers of our holy Author and Creator.
Whether we paint (like my No Space Like Home heroine, Gail), design software (like George), weld parts (like Nic), or develop strategies (like Leo), we are all inventors and designers. Create today. Spin a bit of beauty, order, and identity from the nameless, swirling, chaos.
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