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Ingenious space adventure for teens (and everyone else)
on June 20, 2012
Set in the 23rd century, this sci-fi caper should be total treat to any teen reader. Space Orville, the eponymous 16-year-old whizkid hero, is recruited from his job at Morphean Gaming Systems and sent on an unusual mission: to rescue Miles O'Teeth and the Irreplaceable Fog Napkin from his kidnappers, the Weezle Bums. That introduction alone should tell you that you're in for a wild ride inside an exuberant imagination. Space Orville, in the course of pursuing the Weezle Bums through space, gathering friends and allies as he goes, encounters a far more dangerous and destructive archvillain, and now our teen hero finds himself responsible for rescuing the whole cosmos.
Throughout the nonstop action, author Jeff Whelan serves up vivid description, priceless Lewis Carroll-like dialogue and wordplay, as well as meditations both profound and playful on the meaning of time and existence: for example, spoken by a Yoda-like sage named Riff, "Always is everywhere. And everywhere is always." Beat that, George Lucas. Whelan has also created an unforgettable companion for Space Orville: NeutroFuzz, the most adorable and stupendous pet EVER, who "bippers" and "flummers" and "tingulates" his way into your heart.
I don't want to expound further on the plot, leaving all the fun to those intelligent enough to buy this book. Author Whelan has a feast in store for you; he creates that literary miracle J.K. Rowling accomplished: an expansive, fully formed, vibrantly imagined, believably magical world.