A) For you "geek", "nerd" and "dork" are the same and anyway it has nothing to do with "passionate". You don't deserve to hold the awesomeness that isA) For you "geek", "nerd" and "dork" are the same and anyway it has nothing to do with "passionate". You don't deserve to hold the awesomeness that is this book, please skip to the next one on your shelf.
B) You have a slice idea of the different realms or at least you know what is World of Warcraft. Scifi films and series aren't your thing but you know the references. Anyway you like films in general. So please try, you'll laugh and enjoy the other things.
C) This book is the story of your life, please enter to the next level.
Life in Outer Space, photography representation
"I'm still waiting for my radioactive spider-bite."
Sam lives in his own world when rewatching horror movies and writing screenplay are his passion. Where collecting DVDs, replicas and playing WOW are his past time. However he can count on his best friends, as nerd as him. He doesn't have any interest in girl except if Princess Leia comes to his bedroom at night, well... until Camilla. She is the complete opposite, beautiful, friendly. Sam is determinated to ignore her but Camilla is decided to be part of his life.
Halloween, opening credit
"If life was a movie, this is what should have happened when the door opened that Monday morning: The music should have swelled - pianos and violins. Maybe a cello. A breeze should have blown through the room, bringing with it a flurry of leaved, probably in slow motion. The entire male population of the room - minus Mike because he's gay, and me because I'm dead inside - should have shot cartoon hearts out of their chests, à la Pepé Le Pew whenever he saw that chick cat. But this is not what happens. Instead, the noise in the classroom wavers and dies."
Life in Outer Space is definitely filled with movie and serie references, tones. Star Wars, Battlestar Galactica, Doctor Who, Men In Black, Unwerworld, The Lord of the Rings, Matrix, X-Men, Supernatural, Karate Kid, Stargate, Avatar and the classiest from Old Hollywood Marilyn to John Carpenter and Tarantino. What completely caugh me by surprised is the character of Sam. More than a geek in his own world, Sam is a passionate. Being into scifi blockbuster movies is a thing, but to compare a moment of your life with a David Lynch plot and writing possible Sundace screenplays, is another. We're far away from the film industry and americanization. Sam wants, sees, builds, writes things as his creative imagination, he is a complete original (such as the characters of Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, from last year). Although Sam knows movies aren't real life. But the story itself is full of cliché. The random girl - Becky - is the poor blonde who won't pass the opening credits but Camilla the brunette one will win against the zombie apocalypse, for example.
The universe, photography representation
"I think your presence here might be unbalancing the natural oder of the universe."
As in most movies, books or stories in general, there is always a girl. This girl as Sam thinks, unbalance high school life between the nerds and populars, but in reality Camilla fills his life with other human beings and emotions. She is the trigerring factor of the whole story in which all the characters end their teenagehood to become adults. During the whole book, Sam seems to be the one related to the title - life in outer space - because of his uncommon passion for old horror movies or being awkward. But it also affect Camilla, as always the new girl in town, she's out of the "popular chick" cliché and is insecured of being alone. Certainly this book is full of fun - I kind of cracked myself a couple of time - but it holds depth too. The depth of a coming of age story setting in a setting full of zombies-slash-super-heroes-plus-music-minus-the-blood.
Some other of my favourite quotes that made me laugh out loud for a while because I am ridiculously stupid or just full of references that eat me alive
"Can zombies swim?"
"'So. Are we concocting some elaborate scheme where we pretend to be twins to get your parents back together?' 'Am I supposed to know the reference?' 'Dude. Parent Trap?' 'Isn't that a Disney movie?' 'Yeah? So?' 'How gay are you Mike?'"
"Hell, Luke Skywalker had a crush on his sister. If he managed to get over that, I can manage this."
"Why must we put on clothes if we have no intention of facing the world? Why can't we just live in pyjamas?"
"'Radley, listen carefully. Do not come near me. Do not speak to me, or look at me, or breathe anywhere that I might be remotely downwind of. Get out of my face!' 'But... you're at my house.'"
"It was like watching Gandalf bring down the Balrog."
In the end Life in Outer Space is an amazing and funny debut novel full of surprises which appropriate perfectly the pop culture of its century. Another proof that I will never be disappointed by an Australian author.
Well not exactly. If Melissa Keil would write an epilogue it would look like: an older version of Sam (Marshall) and Camilla (Lily), dorkiest and cutest couple ever
both would live in Syndney with their roomate Mike (Ted) and the Friday movie nights routine would be