Talatu by Dennis M Lane
Approx. 57,990 words.
Published on March 6, 2013.
16 year old Talatu is as desperate as anyone for the Colony Ship to arrive at Barnard's Star. There would be her first ever look at a real sky, there would be adventure - a chance to prove herself as a Midshipman - most of all, she would be out from under the watchful eyes of her disapproving mother.
However, the survey of the planet is flawed and Talatu gets far more adventure than she expected!