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The True Meaning of Smekday

This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase through one of these links, I will receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. Read my affiliate policy here.  Title: The True Meaning of Smekday Author: Adam Rex Genre: MG Sci-Fi Content Warning: Scattered mild language Blurb It all starts with a school essay. When twelve-year-old Gratuity (“Tip”) Tucci is assigned to write five pages on “The True Meaning of Smekday” for the National Time Capsule contest, she’s not sure where to begin. When her mom started telling everyone about the messages aliens were sending through a mole on the back of her neck? Maybe on Christmas Eve, when huge, bizarre spaceships descended on the Earth and the aliens – called Boov – abducted her mother? Or when the Boov declared Earth a colony, renamed it “Smekland” (in honor of glorious Captain Smek), and forced all Americans to relocate to Florida via rocketpod? In any case, Gratuity’s story is much, much bigger than the assignment. It involves her unlikely friendship with a renegade Boov mechanic named J.Lo.; a futile journey south to find Gratuity’s mother at the Happy Mouse Kingdom; a cross-country road trip in a hovercar called Slushious; and an outrageous plan to save the Earth from yet another alien invasion. Fully illustrated with “photos,” drawings, newspaper clippings, and comics sequences, this is a hilarious, perceptive, genre-bending novel by a remarkable new talent. the planet from a really big catastrophe. – Goodreads My Thoughts I LOVED this book! It is so fun, and really well written, and the characters are perfect. The humor was so well done—from the subverted pop culture references (Happy Mouse Kingdom) to the Boov manner of speech (“Can I come into the out now?”) to the apologies after swearing. I loved it all. I also really loved the diverse cast. Tip, the MC, is half Black, half Italian. Several of the kids at Happy Mouse Kingdom are Hispanic, and Chief Shouting Bear (my favorite character) is Native American. Well done, Mr. Rex. I am a fan. Score:  

Out of the Silent Planet

This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase through one of these links, I will receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. Read my affiliate policy here.  Title: Out of the Silent Planet Author: C. S. Lewis Series: Space Trilogy Genre: Sci-Fi Content Warning: Some mild language Blurb In the first novel of C.S. Lewis’s classic science fiction trilogy, Dr Ransom, a Cambridge academic, is abducted and taken on a spaceship to the red planet of Malacandra, which he knows as Mars. His captors are plotting to plunder the planet’s treasures and plan to offer Ransom as a sacrifice to the creatures who live there. Ransom discovers he has come from the ‘silent planet’ – Earth – whose tragic story is known throughout the universe… – Goodreads My Thoughts C. S. Lewis is easily one of my top 5 favorite authors, so I was excited to read something new by him. Unfortunately, this was not really my cup of tea. The plot was bogged down by lengthy descriptions of alien topography, physiology, and language lessons, and the few moments of actual movement were rather anticlimactic. It had a small bit of implied spirituality—one of the things I love most about Lewis’ work—but it was nowhere near as poignant as I usually find his work to be. I won’t be reading the rest of this trilogy. Score:  

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