Title: See you in the cosmos, Carl Sagan
Author: Jack Cheng
Publisher + release date: Puffin // 2nd March 2017
Genre: Children’s, travel
Review copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for a honest review, thank you!
“Sometimes the clouds inside my head get big and grey and swirly and then I hurricane through my eyes. Except I don’t literally hurricane through my eyes – I don’t actually have a weather system in my head.”
A space-obsessed boy and his dog, Carl Sagan, take a journey toward family, love, hope, and awe in this funny and moving novel for fans of Counting by 7s and Walk Two Moons.
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.
What I think of it
When I saw this title on NetGalley and have read the synopsis I really wanted to read it. When I was little I always wanted to be an astronaut. I used to watch the stars every night and I tried to teach myself stuff about space as much as I could. Unfortunately I realized quickly that I wouldn’t become an astronaut as my maths are the worst and I became quite afraid after I saw Space Shuttle orbiter Challenger explode.
Alex is an absolute sweetheart, it’s impossible to not like him. He’s so determined to launch his rocket into space together with his Golden Ipod where he recorded things on in the hope life outside earth would listen to it one day.
So many things happen in his young life and sometimes you just feel so sorry for him you’d like to get him out of the book to give him a big hug. As you can tell, this book really gets to you and makes you feel how the characters feel in that moment. This story has a bit of everything; adventure, wonderful new friendships, space and it even handles mental health towards the end.
I absolutely loved this book and I secretly hope that one day, maybe, there will be a film made out of it.
(I rated this book 5 stars but I’d give Alex all the stars of the universe if I could)