What Goes Up
Kennedy’s (Learning to Swear in America, 2016) second novel is a down-to-earth interplanetary adventure. Rosa Hayashi and Eddie Toivonen are picked to train in NASA’s top secret Interworlds Agency program which grooms teens to become ambassadors to alien worlds. They're not exactly sure what the program entails, but Rosa has her brilliant parents' legacies to live up to, and Eddie sees it as a means of escaping his abusive father. They endure round after round of grueling tests before they're both chosen as part of the team. When a strange spacecraft arrives, it quickly becomes evident that its occupants aren’t of this Earth nor are they here to make friends. Eddie’s unconventional methods may be just what they need to stop the aliens from destroying the world!