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This book follows Carrie Harchett, who is wonderfully described in the blurb as a low-achieving daydreamer... and maybe it's that element, or may be something else entirely, but I found Carrie to be easy to connect with. I was excited to see this marked on Goodreads as the first book in a eries as I'd love to see more of Carrie in the future.
The adventure in this story is one that will keep you guessing, Green never goes the predictable route. There were a few points in the story where both Carrie and the plot did things I never would have expected.
[...] I was rarely tempted to put the book down, let alone stop reading.
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Mission Improbable is a cute, fun science fiction adventure guaranteed to generate at least a few chuckles, if not outright laughter.
The main character, Carrie, has a big heart but a short attention span. [...] she not only lands a job as a customer service supervisor in a call center but also, by a series of strange coincidences gets hired as a conflict resolution agent for the Transgalactic Council.Carrie has absolutely no idea what the latter job entails, but finds out rather quickly when she and a visiting coworker get transported to another world through a portal under the sink.
Carrie and her kleptomaniac coworker Dave have their work cut out for them. The conflict must be successfully resolved if they wish to live...
Not too short, and not too long, Mission Improbable is a fun escapist read, perfect for when you want to relax, but don't have a lot of free time. No graphic violence and no sexual references make it appropriate for a wide audience.
With scenes that are well crafted and descriptive this promises to be the start of a great new series A fun, fast, laugh-out-loud book with quirky characters that you will fall in love with. I enjoyed every page. I highly recommend this book.
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- Print Length : 141 pages
- Publisher : InfiniteBook; 1st Edition (December 15, 2015)
- File Size : 1157 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B019F0SJ1M
- Publication Date : December 15, 2015
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Simultaneous Device Usage : Unlimited
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #956,366 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Mission Improbable is truly improbable. When a young incompetent girl takes a job as a supervisor with no experience of the actual job, you know there is going to be trouble. When this same young woman takes on another job as an intergalactic liaison officer, the improbability of success is even more improbable. But that’s what happens. Carrie has problems with holding jobs, keeping relationships and concentrating on what is before her. During her interview for the intergalactic liaison officer, she was distracted by the beautiful handbag that contained her working tools. She was so distracted by the bag that she really didn’t listen to the job requirements and had no idea what she had signed up for.
When she and a friend were drawn into a portal to another world, she was at a complete loss with no idea what to do. Bumbling through her assignment she almost was executed as an enemy of the placktoids and when released to continue her assignment, she found herself captured and held against her will by the ootoon. Carrie Hatchett had been sent to settle a war between the two factions and within hours had really messed up. When a replacement is sent to finish the job, Carrie has finally realized the seriousness of the situation and knows there is more to this than meets the eye.
Leading up to Carrie’s awakening has been a hilarious succession of errors, miscues and misunderstandings. The ridiculous situations add a humor to the story that would otherwise leave the reader in a state of shock and disbelief. What makes it readable and fun is the absurdity of the situations and the characters involved. Have you ever been afraid of a shredder? I thoroughly enjoyed this book and look forward to more of Carrie Hatchett’s adventures.
The author has an unsophisticated style. I'm not a literature professor or I'd be able to tell you what's more specifically different. But basically it feels as though it weren't written by a professional author. Not as much variety in the sentence structures or something like that. This makes it feel a bit like a YA novel even though none of the characters are kids.
The main char, Carrie, is a complete ditz and not very likeable at the start of the book. This is unfortunate because the first person narration tends to rely on having a sympathetic character. She did seem to get less ditzy -- and therefore less unlikeable -- later into the book, which was totally unjustified and unrealistic, but I didn't mind that as much as I might have. Possibly because the light-hearted absurdity of the story gives it a humorous tone.
The basic plot of the story is that our "hero", a more or less worthless woman who can't hold on to a job or a boyfriend, and doesn't seem to have any friends either, stumbled into a job interview for a position as a negotiator and liaison for aliens who have been covertly in contact with earth governments for some time. This happens mostly because of the incompetence of the HR alien, so there is a bit of comedy-of-errors feel to it. Without actually understanding what the job is about (or trying to, even) she bullies the interviewer into giving her the position -- intending to take it only long enough to steal the nice handbag that the alien tools for the job come in (did I mention that she was a bit unlikeable?) and then scarper off. Meanwhile she is starting another job at some sort of help-desk/call-center. That job she intends to keep, but also isn't too clear on the specifics because she didn't pay much attention during her orientation.
So she tricks a co-worker into a date of sorts, and then his incompetence and nosiness end up getting them both transported to another world for her first assignment. There they have to investigate a dispute between a race of giant intelligent office-supplies and a hive-mind and childish race called the oootoon (or something like that, I might be spelling it wrong).
Overall, the humorous absurdity of the tale outweighs any flaws in the narrative, and I found it to be a very enjoyable read. I look forward to any further adventures future stories may bring.
I think the Author could have done a much much better job with some of the concepts in the story and actually of written something worth reading, but they fell short of that. Better luck in the Future Author...
A friend told me that this was the series that got her into Sci-Fi, and that makes sense. It's not particularly great Sci-Fi, but it is a good read, and I don't regret buying it. I'm not sure if I'll continue to read the series, but I'm sure I'll never eat custard again.
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When a glowing green mist appears under the kitchen sink of Carrie Hatchett's new flat and sucks her into a place unknown she does what everyone else would do. Accepts the job she is offered to be a Transgalactic Intercultural Community Crisis Liason Officer, after all the job comes with a stylish handbag and it's all part of a dream right?
I really love this book. It's so silly that it had me laughing from the first chapter. The story follows Carrie Hatchett a young woman who's never had much success with keeping a job and has accidently accepted a new position which she is completely unqualified for. It takes her to strange places with very different and silly alien creatures. I don't want to spoil the plot for those that plan to read this book but silly is the best word to describe the majority of what happens. The alien creatures encountered are so original that I doubt anyone could imagine beforehand what they would be.
The story is focused on the adventure of what happens and isn't a deep story that delves into characters too much. This didn't bother me at all as this was listed as a light-hearted read and I have to say that I was very compelled to read on. In fact I completed the entire book in just one day! The novel is very well written and even the daft chapter titles intrigue you to read on. The ending was a satisfying one and doesn't finish with the need to read more adventures but this is the first in a series and I am keen to read more.
The digital kindle copy I received has a free chapter of the next book which is sneaky but hooks me into wanting to read it. There is nothing offensive in this book, and I would say it can be read by teens and some older kids might enjoy the silliness of this book too.
I'd recommend this book to anyone with a daft sense of humour who's looking for a light-hearted read. It's not a deep book with a lot of character development, but if you are looking for a bit of silliness with a science fiction twist to brighten up your day then this is the book to read.
This is a pretty straightforward book, in many ways. Less half tones and subtlety than blocks of primary colours. However, in this case it isn’t a bad thing. Carrie is really quite dim to start with, but she has a good heart and you can’t help rooting for her eventually once the author’s imagination kicks in. Because what really lifts this book is the wonderful originality of thought in it. The oootoon were inspired, I liked Gavin, I particularly liked that Gavin was called Gavin, and the placktoids are a stroke of genius. This book is a piece of light fluff, total whimsy but it’s none the worse for that. You’re looking at a reviewer, here, who has written a book about lobster-shaped aliens who are covered in marmite (vegemite if you’re Australian) scented goo. Let’s just say there were aspects of this book, and I, which were pretty much made for one another.
It was a quick read, the action clipped along at a good pace and once it got going I really enjoyed the twists and turns of the plot and zipped through it in an afternoon. I also got to like Carrie by the end.
OK, so this is a book of it’s type, and in this case, it’s madcap space comedy. It’s not deep. It’s not designed to be deep, because what it is, and what it’s designed to be, is FUN. That said there is a pretty solid and commendable message about not judging by appearances, listening to both sides, thinking and evaluating before jumping to conclusions.
For me, the greatest test of a book is whether or not you think about it after you’ve read it and if you do, how long for. I found that I was chuckling about some of the creatures and ideas in this book for some time. In fact I still am, as I write because the more I think about them the more delightfully off the wall they seem. So although to start with, I was thinking, hmm… not sure, as time goes by, I am looking back on the reading experience more and more fondly.
So did I like it? Yeh. Another four stars. I will definitely be buying other books in this series. It’s not deep, but it is what it is, and I enjoyed it. Recommended.
There's a combination of imaginative yet lacking in imagination in the 'aliens' the characters encounter.
I hoped for something more other worldly than caricatured anthropomorphises of earthly objects.
That slightly took away from the believability of the story and trivialised it.
That said, it left me wanting to find out the next instalment so there are plenty of redeeming features.
Mission Improbable is a very easy read, full of giggles and groans. You'll be frustrated at first as Carrie is a (wee!) bit annoying but, like Roses, she grows on you. JJ has a very imaginative mind, but you can be sure that I won't be looking in kitchen cupboards any time soon... I look forward to reading more about Carrie's (mis)adventures.