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A science fiction superfan finds himself on his very own space adventure when he's randomly selected to join an alien confederacy in this "exhilarating" (Booklist, starred review) middle grade debut novel.Zeke Reynolds comes from a long line of proud science fiction geeks. He knows his games, comics, movies, and TV shows like Captain Kirk knows the starship Enterprise. So it's a dream come true when he learns the science fiction he loves so much is based on reality—and that he's been selected to spend a year on a massive space station. To evaluate humanity's worthiness, the Confederation of United Planets has hand picked three of Earth's most talented young people—and then there's Zeke. He's the random. Unfortunately, Zeke finds life in space more challenging than he'd hoped. When he saves his transport ship from a treacherous enemy attack, he's labeled a war criminal. Now despised by the Confederation, rejected by his fellow humans, and pursued by a ruthless enemy, Zeke befriends the alien randoms: rejected by their own species, but loyal to each other. But their presence in the Confederation may not be so random after all, and as the danger increases, Zack's knowledge of science fiction might be the only thing that can save himself, his friends, and Earth itself.
Publisher: 2015
ISBN: 9781481417815
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: NC Kids

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Everything sci-fi is really true! Super-geek Zeke is randomly chosen along with three other kids to spend a year on an alien space station! What's the catch? Life isn't quite as random as it seems.

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Dec 05, 2015

Loved this book! great plot, engaging characters, and a wonderful setting. The only thing that still bothers me: The End. It feels as though there are still a lot of loose ends when the book comes to a close, and I would greatly enjoy a sequel that resolves at least some of them.


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Jun 01, 2016

red_fish_883 thinks this title is suitable for 8 years and over


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cmlibrary_jcurrie Mar 24, 2016

Zeke Reynolds has been selected to represent Earth along with three other delegates. The delegates are all very bright kids that were chosen for their specific skills and intelligence. Zeke is selected as a random, meaning he was selected purely by chance, this does not make the other Earth kids happy. There is a job to be done and the kids must prove Earth’s worthiness so that they can join the Confederation of United Planets. They feel that Zeke is not smart enough and will only bring them down. They decide to leave him out of all their plans as they work on their skills and leveling up. As Zeke learns more about this planet he discovers something is not as it seems. It is up to Zeke and the other randoms to save themselves and the planet Earth.


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