Series: Book 1 in the series
Publisher: Hodder Children’s Books
Release Date: 1st January 2015
Summary (From Goodreads):
I admit my attraction to this book was mainly because of the cover (a bad habit for me) but I think this ultimately worked against my enjoyment of the book, as I was mentally comparing it to The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, which is a lot to live up to.
I did ultimately enjoy the book, and I’d recommend it to others, but there were some things that hampered my enjoyment of it, so I probably won’t be reading the next instalment. I think this is more to do with personal taste though, which is why’d I’d still recommend you giving it a read.
My main problem was with the dialogue. A lot of the characters speak in a kind of internet/text slang which I found really jarring (possibly old age showing or just the fact that even as a teenager I didn’t really use ‘text slang’). If it was just a few words to show character here and there I could forgive it, but several characters did it constantly and I just found it really hard to read.
When there was no dialogue I was able to involve myself in the book a lot more. There were some funny moments, though I wouldn’t really say it was a ‘laugh out loud’ book, more just a gentle smile or approving nod. The plot was interesting enough, but I felt that the ‘rip’ that featured prominently in the book became a bit of a writer’s convenience: it showed up and got the main characters out of trouble a few times too often for me.
Overall, it is one crazy ride that anyone with a love for the weird and wonderful with appreciate, but I think this is one book that is just not for me.