I would be lying if I didn’t admit to imagining what it would be like to travel into space on a cool spaceship, reaching out to distant planets and unexplored galaxies, and basically going where no one has gone before. I’m pretty sure that readers of this review will have had the same thoughts at one point or another (or even a few hundred times). But what if things didn’t go completely as planned? What if you went to bed in your normal room, in your normal house, on your very normal planet, and then woke up to find yourself on a spaceship deep in dark, scary space? Welcome to Space Story by W. W. Marplot.
A teenager named Bobby has exactly this happen to him and finds himself on a spacecraft where there don’t appear to be any people. Instead, there is all manner of strange machinery that he has to figure out. Fortunately it doesn’t take him to long to realize that his father, Professor Lully, is behind all this, with him being stuck on a spaceship deep in space, and he uses that to his advantage in getting things working. Meanwhile, Kay is a teenage girl who also finds herself stuck on the spaceship and has her own issues to overcome related to the strange creatures residing on the ship. Eventually the two get together and figure out they need to take on one simple task: find the exact location of the Big Bang and help save the universe.
The key to enjoying Space Story is to realize that it’s never going to take itself too seriously. It is a funny book where crazy and very amusing things ensue, and once the reader understands this, they can just sit back and enjoy the wild ride. The chapters, while not numbered, are divided and titled by character name and a short, amusing sentence concerning what’s about to happen. There is definitely a Monty Pythonesque feel to this hilarious book that will leave readers with a permanent smile on their face. We jump back and forth through time so we know how things came to be this bad for Earth as well as what’s happening in the present.
As to the shrouded history of the author, Professor Welkin Westicotter Marplot spent his life collecting strange and unusual tales. Gertrude Dee Marplot, a third-generation member of the esteemed Marplots, now spends her time collecting these incredible tales together for publication. Dwarf Story was the previous release, which received much acclaim, and now in Space Story we take a journey to the stars. It is a very entertaining story aimed at teenagers, who will find many details they can relate to throughout as well as plenty that will simply astound them.
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