In The Space Of Nine Lives
by R R Angell
Tom’s best friend, his schoolmates, and all his teachers on the interstellar ship exist in virtual reality. The only other living person on board is the Pilot, and Tom is being groomed to take his place.
Tom has a life-changing event that makes him question the mission’s purpose, and his own. Meanwhile, the ship seems to have its own agenda. Will Tom accept fate or choose his own destiny?