06. August 2012 · Comments Off · Categories: Angie, Children's Books, Fiction, Science Fiction

Cosmic by Frank Cottrell Boyce, 256 pages, read by Angie, on 08/03/2012

Liam Digby is lost in space. How did a 12-year-old get to space? Well Liam is not your average 12-year-old. He is really tall and has facial hair. He gets mistaken for an adult all the time. He gets to ride amusement park rides, they thought he was a new teacher and he almost got to drive a Porsche. Then Liam wins a trip to a wonderful new amusement park in China. But it is only for dad and kids and Liam’s dad doesn’t want anything to do with it. So Liam pretends to be the dad of his friend Florida. Together they travel to China and find out that the Rocket isn’t a ride but a trip into space. So Liam becomes the chaperone for four kids on their first ride into outer space. It is supposed to be a quick trip up and back but things don’t work out how they are supposed to when you have kids driving the rocket.

I have mixed feelings about this book. On one hand I thought it was funny and entertaining, but on the other hand I just found it completely ridiculous. Liam is a fun character who is really smart and addicted to World of Warcraft. Florida is a bubble head who finds her place in the rocket training. Together they make a great team. There are also some great scenes were Liam is trying to be the dad of Florida and referring to a self-help book. But really a trip into space as an amusement park ride? Letting kids who have had a couple days training go into space by themselves? Being mistaken for an adult just because you are tall? Some of the main points of this story just seemed so ridiculous and unlikely that it made it difficult to buy into the story. But if you don’t think about those things it was entertaining.

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