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Going Deep

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Published: 2009
Language: English
Wordcount: 6,525 / 19 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 89.9
LoC Category: PS
Downloads: 1,955
Added to site: 2010.08.01 28601
License: by-nc-nd

was laughing at her. "Let's get out of here."

Jak looked doubtfully at the chemical dispensers and gardening tools scattered across her bench. "You want to clean up first?"

"No." She peeled off her clingy and threw it at the bench.


Jak tried to cheer her up by doing a flip-scrape in the corridor immediately in front of the hydroponics safety hatch. He leapt upwards in the moon's one sixth gravity, flipped in mid-air and scraped the rollers on the bottom of his shoes across the white ceiling, skritch, skritch, leaving skid marks. He didn't quite stick the landing and had to catch himself on the bulkhead. "Let Random clean that." His face flushed with the effort. "That slaghead."

"You're so busted," said Mariska, nodding at the security cam. "They're probably calling your parents even as we speak."

"Not," said Jak. "Megawatt and I smeared the cams with agar last night." He smiled and swiped a lock of curly hair from his forehead. "From Holmgren's own

Reader Reviews

Average Rating of 3 from 4 reviews: ***
JoJo Biggins

An interesting premise, but, well - cheap. Cuts off abruptly in an unsatisfying manner.

Sardo Weems

A moon-girl (human) resists her predetermined choices in life while waiting for her mother (who is actually an older identical twin (she's a clone)) to come home from a spaceflight.

Seems like the author had a lot of ideas he wanted to throw out to the reader, without much of a plot. I don't know how accurate the main character's thought processes are, since I am not female.


You think teens lives are complicated now with cell phones, facebook, Ipods etc. Try to imagine what it would be like coming of age circa 2160. Mind feeds, fingernail communicators etc. Mariska will be an adult at age 14, next year. She has to deal with all the confusion of teen age and come to grips with her concerned family, and also with her genetics, which are programmed to "go deep" as a space explorer. Good story; you'll relate to the characters and their stories.

Henry L. Ratliff

You are growing up with a surrogate mother, your automated room.
Your mother is a spacer and is on a long journey. You feel abandoned.
Your room says, that maybe grownups don't always have choices.
Going Deep: Certainly the deep journey of space travel. Maybe hibernation, but who's?



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