See You in the Cosmos by Jack Cheng ★★★★☆
Published: 2nd March 2017
Format: eBook (NetGalley)
I received a copy via NetGally from the publisher Penguin Random House, in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
11-year-old Alex Petroski loves space and rockets, his mom, his brother, and his dog Carl Sagan-named for his hero, the real-life astronomer. All he wants is to launch his golden iPod into space the way Carl Sagan (the man, not the dog) launched his Golden Record on the Voyager spacecraft in 1977. From Colorado to New Mexico, Las Vegas to L.A., Alex records a journey on his iPod to show other lifeforms what life on earth, his earth, is like. But his destination keeps changing. And the funny, lost, remarkable people he meets along the way can only partially prepare him for the secrets he’ll uncover-from the truth about his long-dead dad to the fact that, for a kid with a troubled mom and a mostly not-around brother, he has way more family than he ever knew.
– Official Synopsis
I’ll admit, it was the beautiful cover that attracted me t pick up this for review – just look how stunning it is!
This was a wonderfully heart warming (and at times heart wrenching) read. I lvoed the unusual format of this book; written in the format of recordings from Alex’s iPod meaning its told from the 11-year-old’s point of view.
It was a wonderful take on the story, meaning we saw his joy at the rocket convention and his love for his dog. Throughout the story there are things which seem totally fine to a child, but as an adult reading we can see there’s something else going on (I mean, an 11 year old definitely should be heading off on a long journey and meeting strangers on his own).
Overall I’m thrilled to have picked up this book. It reminded me of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time and The Universe Versus Alex Woods – I would highly recommend all 3!