Summary: 11-year-old Alex Petroski loves space and rockets, his mom, his brother, and his dog Carl Sagan—named for his hero, the real-life astronomer. All he wants is to launch his golden iPod into space the way Carl Sagan (the man, not the dog) launched his Golden Record on the Voyager spacecraft in 1977. From Colorado to New Mexico, Las Vegas to L.A., Alex records a journey on his iPod to show other lifeforms what life on earth, his earth, is like. But his destination keeps changing. And the funny, lost, remarkable people he meets along the way can only partially prepare him for the secrets he’ll uncover—from the truth about his long-dead dad to the fact that, for a kid with a troubled mom and a mostly not-around brother, he has way more family than he ever knew. Source: Netgalley Recommended Age: 12+ This book comes out March 2nd!
When I saw this, I knew It wouldn’t be the normal MG book that I expected. It was different, an EXCELLENT different.To be honest I haven’t read a ton of MG Contemporary, and until I saw this I could say I’d only read 3 others. Going into this book I wasn’t expecting a lot. My expectations were down at a low, I grabbed a good bag of pretzels, and settled into my reading chair hoping for the best. I certainly wasn’t disappointed. I LOVED IT! LOVE LOVE LOOOVED IT!
Starting almost Immediately at the beginning, I knew something wasn’t right. One of the reasons I liked the book so much was the faint mystery vibe that it generates, along with the sweet, innocent, MG vibe that all other middle grades book have. I have to admit, the beginning is a bit rocky, and I felt I had TOO many questions that need answering.
- Why is this kid going to New Mexico by himself?
- Why does his Mom have “quiet days” where he see’s her go on walks and not return until a few days later.
- How STUPID is this kid?
I wasn’t a HUGE fan of the dog, Carl Sagan. I felt like he wasn’t necessary and that he only held back the story. Although I did like that he had a smaller role in the second half of the book. It saved the story from being about a boy and his dog, and made it something MUCH MUCH GREATER!
One of the things I disliked was the LOGIC in this book.
MC: Oh I’m Alex. An 11 yr-old that goes on a train that leads to New Mexico to go to a rocket contest. I also have a brother that doesn’t care about me and who’s busy making money while my Mom sit here going on her random walks. I don’t follow her though, that would be rude. I also meet a deaf man and another man and get in their car and get driven to LA, and I’ve never even MET THEM! WHAT IS LOGIC!
The whole time I was reading this I tried to think of an 11 year-old that is dumb enough to get in a car with random strangers. Fortunately, I only thought of one. (I’m not going to answer it though. That’d be extremely rude). The MC also takes the advice of the internet to travel the world to find his “Maybe Father”, Which I’m sure parents TOTALLY approve of. (Sarcasm).
One of the things I LOVE about this book, is that it’s told in recordings. Alex, (the MC) is wanting to record his journey of creating a rocket so that when he sends it, he can send his i-pod along with it, So that somebody in space can listen to what he has to say. Personally, I was a HUGE fan of this, it made reading this book an enjoyable thing to do, and really helped make the characters likable.
The ending was good, just not what I was hoping for though. To me, it felt like some things were unresolved and not as developed as I’d hoped for.But I have to admit is was a pretty good ending. Overall I fell in LOVE with Alex and the rest of the characters and thought that this book was CRAZY ORIGINAL, told in a way that makes me want to read this again and again.
Star Rating: 5/5 Stars
Percentage Rating: 97%
|01/29||38.0%||“Hopefully I can get to 50 tonight. *Crosses fingers*”|
|01/30||80.0%||“Pretty good! Sooo surprised”|
|01/30||80.0%||“Wow! So surprised!”|
|01/31||100.0%||“FINISHED! LOVED IT 5 stars all the way!”|
Thank’s for reading! I will have another post out soon so look for that, BYE!!!