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Reads L to R (Western Style) Yukari Morita is a high school girl on a quest to find her missing father. While searching for him in the Solomon Islands, she receives the offer of a lifetime--she'll get the help she needs to find her father, and all she need do in return is become the world's youngest, lightest astronaut. Yukari and her teen friends, all petite, are the perf Reads L to R (Western Style) Yukari Morita is a high school girl on a quest to find her missing father. While searching for him in the Solomon Islands, she receives the offer of a lifetime--she'll get the help she needs to find her father, and all she need do in return is become the world's youngest, lightest astronaut. Yukari and her teen friends, all petite, are the perfect crew and cargo for the Solomon Space Association's launches, or will be once they complete their rigorous and sometimes dangerous training. When the Rocket Girls accidentally land in the yard of Yukari Morita's old school, it looks as though their experiment is ruined. Luckily, the geeky Akane is there to save the day. Fitting the profile--she's intelligent, enthusiastic, and petite--Akane is soon recruited by Solomon Space Association. Yukari and Akane are then given the biggest Rocket Girl mission yet: a voyage to the edge of the solar system and the minor planet of Pluto to save a NASA probe.

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Reads L to R (Western Style) Yukari Morita is a high school girl on a quest to find her missing father. While searching for him in the Solomon Islands, she receives the offer of a lifetime--she'll get the help she needs to find her father, and all she need do in return is become the world's youngest, lightest astronaut. Yukari and her teen friends, all petite, are the perf Reads L to R (Western Style) Yukari Morita is a high school girl on a quest to find her missing father. While searching for him in the Solomon Islands, she receives the offer of a lifetime--she'll get the help she needs to find her father, and all she need do in return is become the world's youngest, lightest astronaut. Yukari and her teen friends, all petite, are the perfect crew and cargo for the Solomon Space Association's launches, or will be once they complete their rigorous and sometimes dangerous training. When the Rocket Girls accidentally land in the yard of Yukari Morita's old school, it looks as though their experiment is ruined. Luckily, the geeky Akane is there to save the day. Fitting the profile--she's intelligent, enthusiastic, and petite--Akane is soon recruited by Solomon Space Association. Yukari and Akane are then given the biggest Rocket Girl mission yet: a voyage to the edge of the solar system and the minor planet of Pluto to save a NASA probe.

30 review for Rocket Girls: The Last Planet

  1. 4 out of 5

    Liz Henry

    English translation of an interesting sf book from Japan. Japan and the Solomon Islands have a space program with short, smart teenage girls in skin-tight suits as their astronauts. The gender politics are interesting but sometimes pissed me off, like when the American astronauts can't stop talking about how the girls are like cute anime characters. They ARE a bit like anime characters. I did like their girly anime scene with the sushi smuggled aboard their tiny spacecraft, and when they splash English translation of an interesting sf book from Japan. Japan and the Solomon Islands have a space program with short, smart teenage girls in skin-tight suits as their astronauts. The gender politics are interesting but sometimes pissed me off, like when the American astronauts can't stop talking about how the girls are like cute anime characters. They ARE a bit like anime characters. I did like their girly anime scene with the sushi smuggled aboard their tiny spacecraft, and when they splash down in the high school pond, and then they immediately go shoppping and to a nail salon. The astronaut from the Solomon Islands is her tribe's shaman and wears a bikini and some shell necklaces or something. She's very at home in the jungle. I found it kind of interesting to see pop culture Japanese racism/imperialism. It wasn't so horrible that I threw the book across the room but it was bad enough to mention and warn about. About on the level of Nancy Drew when she makes friends with someone from pretty much any other culture than WASP-y middle class. The astronauts were strong and cool characters, were all good friends with each other, and were totally brave and smart in space. The rocket science bits were very hard science, space-program-fan flavored while still being lighthearted and somehow... girly. I liked that too!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Marsha

    This installment in the Rocket Girl series has Yukiri forgetting about her deadbeat dad completely and focusing entirely on her aeronaut responsibilities. It’s unclear whether she appreciates the duty or the excitement; the fact is that making a typically happy nuclear family no longer seems a priority for her. Thus, she treats her half-sister Matsuri more like a girlfriend than a sibling, an attitude which keeps this novel briskly professional. That’s a plus, since they’re involved in serious bu This installment in the Rocket Girl series has Yukiri forgetting about her deadbeat dad completely and focusing entirely on her aeronaut responsibilities. It’s unclear whether she appreciates the duty or the excitement; the fact is that making a typically happy nuclear family no longer seems a priority for her. Thus, she treats her half-sister Matsuri more like a girlfriend than a sibling, an attitude which keeps this novel briskly professional. That’s a plus, since they’re involved in serious business where a slip-up can mean disaster, the loss of millions of yen and death. That doesn’t mean they’re not like girls at all; they are 16-year-old adolescents and at times display a credible lack of maturity in their actions. That’s good, too; it keeps the dialogue lively and the pacing brisk. The story opens up when they take on a third crew member, the brainy but physically frailer Akane. But things really get cooking when they meet up with American astronauts. There is a credible friction from clashing temperaments and this lends tension just where it is needed before the inevitable teamwork kicks into play. All in all, this novel is an improvement over its predecessor, as it moves its protagonists out of their shallow concerns and into the world at large.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Tomislav

    Nojiri's "Rocket Girls 2", was originally published in Japan in 1996. The entire series was revised and aired in Anime form in Japan in 2007. And then this English translation published in 2011 in the US. To be honest, I'm not sure what to make of it. The characters and plot events strike me as quite childish. For example, Yukari and Matsuri crash their miniature rocket ship "Rambutan" right into Yukari's former school yard and confront the evil old principal. While there, they recruit a third sc Nojiri's "Rocket Girls 2", was originally published in Japan in 1996. The entire series was revised and aired in Anime form in Japan in 2007. And then this English translation published in 2011 in the US. To be honest, I'm not sure what to make of it. The characters and plot events strike me as quite childish. For example, Yukari and Matsuri crash their miniature rocket ship "Rambutan" right into Yukari's former school yard and confront the evil old principal. While there, they recruit a third schoolgirl to join their astronaut cadre, because she is knowledgeable and able to save the goldfish which were on board. Then they go shopping. Target audience: 8-10 year old girls, maybe? However, there follows a mission that involves a docking with a US Space Shuttle, an orbital correction of an interplanetary probe, and a fairly sophisticated re-entry technique. All this is described in somewhat technical language. Is it possible the translator had a different target audience than the writer? I've read rave revues of this book by others, and just don't get it. But then, I'm not very familiar with the common tropes of Anime, and so I read it mostly in anthropology mode, perhaps learning a little more about the culture my Japanese colleagues come from.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Mars Dorian

    Second part of the Rocket Girls. Still easy to breeze through, and the 3rd girl as a geeky newcomer is a welcome diversion. For some reason though, it doesn't feel as fresh or exciting as the first novel. It's more of the same without really raising the stakes. I also wish there was more emotion and character detail. The book feels more like an anime than a "real" story for the book audience. Nevertheless, it's still entertaining and the science is interesting. The author truly knows the background Second part of the Rocket Girls. Still easy to breeze through, and the 3rd girl as a geeky newcomer is a welcome diversion. For some reason though, it doesn't feel as fresh or exciting as the first novel. It's more of the same without really raising the stakes. I also wish there was more emotion and character detail. The book feels more like an anime than a "real" story for the book audience. Nevertheless, it's still entertaining and the science is interesting. The author truly knows the background of semi-realistic space travel, at least it looks like that to me. Decent read if you consumed the first novel.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Dave Lefevre

    This really is a fun series. There are four or five of these, but there are only two in English. I hope they put out some more. I am starting to get a fascination with the Japanese "Light Novel" format.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Steven

    Sequel Japanese light novel. It's short and quick and to the point. Nothing mind warping or deep thought provoking. A nice short read for fun.

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    Robert Mcdonald

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  16. 5 out of 5

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  17. 4 out of 5

    Gary Fong

  18. 5 out of 5

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  23. 4 out of 5

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    Mark Pitman

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    Levar Bouyer

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    Mark Pidgeon

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