06-11-2013 03:27 PM
This book is at least a decade old, but I'm fairly sure it's from the early 90s or late 80s. However, that's only an estimate - I read part of it once, and then promptly lost the book forever.
The plot I can remember is that the world is in a state of moderate chaos. Technology has been invented that will allow anybody to 'warp' off to anywhere in space at the drop of a hat (as long as they build or make an appropriate vessel, which can be done in as little as an Astro Van). People are taking the opportunity to leave Earth forever, and this is causing some uproar.
The family that is the focus of the story gets their stuff together and warps off, but something goes wrong (they might have the wrong coordinates?) and they end up on an inhospitable planet. They need to get home, but...this is where I stopped reading.
This is not Lies, Inc. by Philip K. Dick.