Anderson's planet got blown to pieces, him being the only survivor. His sister saved his life when she put him on a spaceship and pressed "deploy", leaving a 12 years old Anderson on by himself. For 10 years he build himself a home in this vessel, making a family through holograms. He made them true people, ones he cared about and they cared for him, but as the years went by and energy became a problem he had to terminate some of the programs, hating himself for having to do that. But what was worst was the partner his holograms made for him, he was a sort of alter-ego of him that was made to make him survive but at a huge physical and psychological cost.
10 years later he finally lands, which is the point in time we get C.J.'s POV, the guy who's suppose to help him cope, I think. That's the place where I REALLY started skimming. I didn't like anything about this part, more than a THIRD of the story. The banter between Cassie (his sister) and him got me tired, I wasn't interested in the other friends who were introduced, I didn't get the whole place and what they are even doing there, their general role.. it's again too much Sci-Fi for me to comprehend, so I waited for the parts of C.J. and Anderson and yet they were mostly apart, C.J being on Anderson's ship re-living what Anderson went through but hey! I was there throughout the beginning of the book I did NOT need to read about it again while he and Cassie are crying at how horrible Anderson's life have been. It was too melodramatic for me, maybe because I didn't find real appeal about the two characters.. Anderson was intriguing but I didn't "get" him yet, there was something too "far away" that I would have liked to read more about, and yet I couldn't be bothered with all the other parts, there was too much skimming.. AGAIN..
It's the genre, I KNOW it is, because I LOVE Amy's writing, and the story is SO unique I wanted to read it and see the developments and yet space, spaceships and all the other stuff that I had to read about to get there was just not for me. That's like too much engineering if it makes any sense.
Additional Details: Kindle Ebook, 320 pages, 28 May 2016 / On GoodReads