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Holly Farb and the Princess of the Galaxy Hardcover – June 6, 2017
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An enjoyable, imaginative sci-fi debut. (Kirkus Reviews)
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Gareth Wronski was born and raised in Toronto. After watching Star Wars as a child on his grandparents’ VCR, he decided he wanted to tell science fiction and fantasy stories of his own. He currently resides in an old house by the Avon River in Stratford, Ontario, where he lives in constant terror of roaming swans. You can find out more about him at GarethWronski.com or say hi on Twitter @GarethWronski.
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Holly's life centers around one goal; being the best at school so as to gain acceptance into the highly exclusive Falstaff Academy. When a new boy enters her class, who seems to know the answer to all questions, it's almost more than Holly can stand. When three strange men show up and ask if she's an important person, her only answer is 'yes'. But that's the wrong answer. Kidnapped by space pirates, who believe her to be the Princess of the Galaxy, she suddenly discovers that aliens do exist, and she's about to become alien mince-meat.
This book is fantastic! Adventure, action and tons of quirky fun roll off of every page with a similar whimsical style as The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. Holly is an average, know-it-all middle school girl, who kind of wishes she had a couple more friends. During her journey through space, she discovers the answer to all of her questions, and not exactly in the most expected or desirable ways.
There is never a boring moment as Holly not only meets all sorts of creatures, but finds herself in the middle of a slimey, alien nest of intrigue. Luckily, she's has two friends from her school at her side, who aren't what they seem but at least, as true as alien blue.
This is a definite 'must read' and hits the top of my Summer books for kids list. But then, even the larger of us useless Earth creatures are sure to enjoy a dive into Holly's universe and wish we'd run into some space pirates of our own. I truly hope this isn't the end of Holly's adventures and there will be tons more to come.
I received a complimentary copy from the publisher and absolutely loved this book, so of course, I want to leave me honest thoughts and opinions.
The book is an interesting mix of deadpan and frantic. On the frantic side we have a plot that never lets up and keeps Holly constantly on the move. A new weird creature shows up every few pages and the twists and turns just keep coming. But Holly's game and resourceful, so she just keeps rolling with the plot punches.
On the other hand, though, there's a lot of sly deadpan humor sprinkled about. It's not all lurking and escaping and taking flight. Holly has some interesting and witty conversations with these nutty creatures, and there are some set pieces, (a needy robot with issues, a crowded space travel terminal, a robot who's learning how to lie, the story's narrator - who's sarcastic and rather dismissive of Earthlings, fellow student Chester), that are much more amusing and sharply drawn than the antic premise would suggest. There's even a nice subtext about friendship and being your own person.
So, this is a rousing space adventure. But, it's more tightly crafted and slyly constructed than just that, and ends up being a rewarding and entertaining ride.
(Please note that I received a free ecopy of this book without a review requirement, or any influence regarding review content should I choose to post a review. Apart from that I have no connection at all to either the author or the publisher of this book.)
I became especially excited to read HOLLY FARB AND THE PRINCESS OF THE GALAXY when I heard it compared to HITCHHIKER'S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY, and it did not disappoint. This space adventure is full of exactly the type of ridiculous but intelligent humour I adore. The president of the galaxy is a squirrel, the robot who's along for the ride insists he can only tell facts (fact: this is not entirely true), the department of justice is named after a soda company that provides it funding (and gets to mandate all its policy in return)...and so much more. I giggled pretty much non-stop. Super delightful!