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Cosmic by Frank Cottrell Boyce
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Jan 09, 11

bookshelves: j-fiction, fantasy-sci-fi
Read from January 04 to 08, 2011

Potential SPOILERS! Read at your own risk...

I will start off by saying that I went into this book with really high expectations. I mean, come on! The only (children's) book of 2010 to get starred reviews in all 6 journals (at least that I know of)? That's impressive. And it was good. Perhaps just not as good as I was expecting...

First, I really liked the framing device Boyce uses of having Liam lost in space and recording his memories on his phone. It definitely created this sense of doom and despair throughout, while Liam himself and the things he was remembering tended to be funny and light-hearted. However, it was this framing device that kind of confused me in the end. Throughout the whole book he's talking about how he's recording because their mission has been doomed and the kids are just floating out in space, etc., etc... But I thought at the end, that plot device totally disappeared. When you get to the end of the book, things are happening, the characters are doing things, and they're not really out of sight of the Earth for very long at all. I was left wondering, "so, when did Liam do all of this desolate 'my life is probably over' recording on his phone?" But maybe I was just missed something.

I also liked how Liam was pretending to be a dad, and kept having realizations that being a grown-up wasn't really that great after all. Although in the end, he was a better dad than most of the others in the book.

Would recommend this to: Kids who like space (there are lots of references to real-life space missions and astronauts/cosmonauts), fans of "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory", and parents looking for a fun read aloud that they will enjoy as much as their kid.
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