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Waste of Space
by Gina Damico


Overview - Cram ten hormonal teens into a spaceship and blast off: that's the premise for the ill-conceived reality show Waste of Space. The kids who are cast know everything about drama--and nothing about the fact that the production is fake. Hidden in a desert warehouse, their spaceship replica is equipped with state-of-the-art special effects dreamed up by the scientists partnering with the shady cable network airing the show.  Read more...

 
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    Published: 2018-09-11
    Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
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Overview
Cram ten hormonal teens into a spaceship and blast off: that's the premise for the ill-conceived reality show Waste of Space. The kids who are cast know everything about drama--and nothing about the fact that the production is fake. Hidden in a desert warehouse, their spaceship replica is equipped with state-of-the-art special effects dreamed up by the scientists partnering with the shady cable network airing the show.
And it's a hit Millions of viewers are transfixed. But then, suddenly, all communication is severed. Trapped and paranoid, the kids must figure out what to do when this reality show loses its grip on reality.



 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780544633162
  • ISBN-10: 0544633164
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
  • Publish Date: July 2017
  • Page Count: 400
  • Reading Level: Ages 12-17
  • Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds


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Books > Young Adult Fiction > Action & Adventure - General
Books > Young Adult Fiction > Science Fiction - Space Opera
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Sly satire with heart

Ten teenagers. One soundstage made to look like a spacecraft. Plus a questionable scientific agency, a maniacal producer and a dozen or so corporate sponsors. What could possibly go wrong?

Told in transcripts of audio and video recordings, blog posts and other documents obtained by a disgruntled intern, Waste of Space follows an eponymous reality show. Documents show the daily power struggles, challenges and romantic trysts of the “Space­tronauts,” along with the personal confessions they’re encouraged to record, the highly edited results that appear on TV and the increasingly frantic conversations that occur among various behind-the-scenes partners.

Discerning readers might initially get frustrated by the clichés, including the show’s instant and intense social media popularity and the overt product placement. But as these elements fall away or twist in on themselves, the characters are revealed to be more than they seem. Readers will come to see that Waste of Space is a satire skewering every element it seemed at first to glorify.

Author Gina Damico, best known for her humor/horror hybrids like the recent Wax, taps into a cultural zeitgeist of advertising saturation, Hunger Games spin-offs and self-mocking tales like Joss Whedon’s movie The Cabin in the Woods. A bit of real emotional power sneaks in with the mockery, leading readers to question the lines between realistic fiction, science fiction, magical realism and parody.

This article was originally published in the July 2017 issue of BookPage. Download the entire issue for the Kindle or Nook.

 
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