Book review: See You In The Cosmos

Jack Chen’s compelling debut is a clever twist on our current fascination with setting ‘stuff’ in space. 

Book review: See You In The Cosmos

Jack Chen

Puffin, £6.99;

ebook, £3.99

Alex Petroski is an 11-year-old would-be rocket scientist from Colorado, who leaves behind his seemingly idle mum to attend a rocket convention in the New Mexico wilderness, with his dog Carl Sagan (named after the astronomer).

He’s soon on an impromptu road trip that takes him to Las Vegas and Los Angeles.

Alex’s journey is much more than physical and largely shaped by the people he meets along the way, from Buddhist Zed, who’s taken a vow of silence to 19-year-old waitress Terra, who may or may not be his half-sister.

All the while, Alex records his adventures in a series of ‘new recordings’ for extra-terrestrials on his iPod, which he’s desperate to send into space.

The book is from the publishers who brought us The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time — and Alex is every bit as particular and endearing as Christopher. Quite possibly a classic.

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