See You In The Cosmos by Jack Cheng
Published by Puffin
Published 2 March 2017
I was given a review copy of this book by the publisher via NetGalley and voluntarily reviewed it.
WHAT’S IT’S ABOUT
A funny, luminous, utterly moving novel about a space-obsessed boy, his dog Carl Sagan, and a journey toward family, love, hope, and awe.
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.
For fans of Wonder and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Jack Cheng’s debut is full of joy, optimism, determination, and unbelievable heart. To read the first page is to fall in love with Alex and his view of our big, beautiful, complicated world. To read the last is to know he and his story will stay with you a long, long time.
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WHAT I THOUGHT
I adored See you in the Cosmos. This was a fun, easy read even when events took a bit of a dark turn. I liked the way the novel is structured as a series of recordings Alex makes on his IPhone for aliens to find in the future. This is an original concept and works really well. See you in the Cosmos is very funny at times but also very sad, the light and darker moments work really well together. The novel turns out much darker than expected which was a pleasant surprise. The novel has a happy ending without being twee. I had a great time reading See you in the Cosmos and would highly recommend it.