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Jack Jetstark's Intergalactic FreakShow

3.40  ·  Rating details ·  42 ratings  ·  24 reviews
Jack Jetstark travels the universe to seek out the descendants of superpowered freaks created long ago by VesCorp scientists. The vibrations encoded in a particular song transform the members of Jack’s crew into a firebreather and an angel, a wildman and telepathic conjoined triplets, so they hide the truth of who they really are with the theatrics of a carnival.

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Published December 4th 2018
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Nov 05, 2018 rated it it was ok
Rating: 2.2/5

Review: This was sometimes compelling, consistently erratic and disappointing in delivery.

This needed a heavy dose of editing to winnow out the wandering chaff, create a cogent story line and imbue a semblance of logical progression where/when needed. Not that you can’t follow the story line as it is not very complex, it just leaves you to fill in the gaps or accept that things have changed without explanation. Not incredibly intrusive but just enough to leave you scratching your he
As I read Jack Jetstark's Intergalactic Freakshow (my brain keeps trying to type Jett Jackson) and it's ridiculously long name, it kept reminding me of something. It drove me crazy because I couldn't figure it out. But suddenly, at 75% (I checked), it came to me.

Do y'all remember the Fox show Dark Angel that starred Jessica Alba? That's it. It was my favorite show for years. Sadly, it only had two seasons. And it was before its time before scifi started becoming more popular.

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Dec 11, 2018 rated it it was ok
I received a free copy of this book in return for an honest review.

I'm sorry to say I was very disappointed in this book. It had a lot of promise, but really, really needed looking at by a better editor. The writing was all over the place. There were sections that were well-written and seemed to work well within the plot, but there were oh-so many tangents that led nowhere and pieces of sloppy writing that the editor should have picked up on.

The worst part for me, was an early segment in which t
Mar 31, 2019 rated it did not like it
The title and very pretty cover drew me to this one. I loved the show Carnivàle when it was on, loved the movie The Greatest Showman, figured this book would be in those same veins. And it was, sort of. I found it odd that the people are normal, but then a song played and they transformed into the freaks, yet no one knew why or how, just that it happened. Even when that was revealed to a new comer, it was just ho hum, very boring, which sadly was the tone of the book. I wanted fantastical, wante ...more
Feb 17, 2019 rated it liked it
I picked this book up on a whim from the new SF shelf at my library. This novel didn’t start out very good, but it got better along the way. It’s not boring; I read it through in a weekend. It seems a bit disjointed however, as if a few necessary parts were carelessly edited out, and I think the story just doesn’t gel. I am glad to see more SF from diverse authors, but I guess this story turned out to be not quite my cup of tea.
Jen Solak
Dec 09, 2018 rated it it was ok
This book was a disappointment. The cover and the description sounded so promising, a group of freaks performing in a carnival and taking on saving the galaxy is something a lot of us would love to read. However, this book was confusing in the manner it was told, as well as the characters themselves. Keeping track of flashbacks, new characters that sprouted up disappeared from chapter to chapter, and overall the motivation was confusing. A child pops up that might belong to a main character, but ...more
Shohinee Deb
Nov 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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I loved carnivals growing up.

Still do.

Who doesn’t?

But imagine a carnival in OUTER SPACE?!! With an odd motley performing crew made up of beings from far flung planets?!!!

Excuse me, where can I buy the tickets?
This seemingly inconceivable carnival exists, in Jack Jetstark’s space ship named Rubeno Mardo that travels across the universe putting up shows on different planets.

But the carnivals are just an excuse because Jack and his crew have a mission.

The crew o
Lizz Donnelly
Jan 22, 2019 rated it liked it
There was a lot about this book that I loved. First, the idea: space carnival with people with actual superpower abilities who take on a giant exploitative corporation? YES PLEASE. And a special song that activates their powers? Yes! A diverse cast of characters that are all awkward and adorable? Sign me up!
Jack's voice as the narrator was great (although I will admit that his sentence fragment speech pattern occasionally bugged me) but overall it worked because it was definitely his voice, and
Christina  G.
Nov 21, 2018 rated it liked it
Jack Jetstark’s Intergalactic Freakshow has an interesting premise and when I read the book description I was intrigued.

Jack Jetstark has travelled the universe to locate descendants of individuals who were altered by VesCorp scientists. These self-proclaimed freaks have superpowers that are not realized until they hear a particular song which is played every night through a receptor Jack was given by the woman he loves. There is something about the song that transforms the freaks into their tru
Brooke Lorren
Oct 29, 2018 rated it liked it
Jack Jetstark's Intergalactic Freakshow is a fun little story about about a group of circus freaks who travel the universe entertaining people. Every day, a song plays, and while the song plays, this ordinary group of people transforms into strange creatures that fascinate onlookers. This life would have continued indefinitely... until something changes.

Jack's former lover, Diantha, is in trouble, and when the song changes, he realizes that he needs to go help her. Instead of being the leader of
S.J. Higbee
Jul 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This entertaining read is something of a mash-up – one of those where the science fiction explanation works well, but nonetheless has more than a slight fantasy feel. I thoroughly enjoyed the first person protagonist, Jack Jetstark, who is a sympathetic character with a lethal skillset, but nonetheless comes across as emotionally vulnerable. I enjoyed his steadfast love for his childhood sweetheart that could come across as naïve, but because of the pledge they’d made – he completely trusted her ...more
Dawn Vogel
Aug 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
(This review originally appeared at Mad Scientist Journal.)

Jack Jetstark’s Intergalactic Freakshow by Jennifer Lee Rossman is a great novel that blends superheroes and sci-fi in a delightful way, with a carnival freak show thrown in for good measure. These aren’t heroes in costumes, but powered individuals who use their abilities for the good of the universe. It’s full of twists and turns, betrayals and unlikely alliances, and an overall message of chosen family being one of the most powerful fo
Jan 07, 2019 rated it liked it
I really enjoyed a lot of parts of this book and other parts I really disliked.
*creative premise and interesting characters- The characters are so original and I loved finding out about their talents and skills. I was totally surprised by a couple of revelations about a few characters towards the end.
*uneven pacing- Some parts I was very into and then suddenly I find myself in a new setting and I don't know how they got there or when it is. For example, I'm reading about the MC
Dec 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book. It begins with a carnival that travels from planet to planet and asteroids to put on a show at a prescribed time each night as a specific song is broadcast. During the song the performers morph into very different characters -the beautiful girl morphs into a creature with wings - an angel or is she a harpy; mild mannered man turns into a wild hairy beast and show barker breathes fire. One night the troops music completes the song and they suddenly are unable to change back b ...more
Feb 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was phenomenal. A real page turner. Usually I don't fall so deeply into science fiction books but this one was amazing. A little romance, a bit of warfare, and a healthy dose of intergalactic freaks. Such a fun read! ...more
Jun 24, 2019 rated it liked it
Not in my usual genre, but I was intrigued by the title and book cover. Thought about giving up on it more than once; glad I didn't. Wish I could have a better appreciation for it. I would be interested in seeing how this would be adapted to the big screen. ...more
Nov 04, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: good, arc, tween, middle-school
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What a fun novel! Tweens will enjoy the scientific aspects, but everyone will love Jack. The band of circus performers is delightful and defiantly full of amazing characters. The story is what really pushes this novel along though. I hope to see another book!
Mary Fan
Oct 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: science-fiction
An epic space adventure full of fascinating characters, pulse-pounding action, and wicked twists. I'm ready to run away with this circus!

Full review coming soon!
Jan 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful story! It starts out as a space circus, but becomes so much more.
Feb 26, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: scifi, space
X-Men gone space, spiced with romance and intriguing twists
Nov 30, 2018 rated it liked it
(Disclaimer: I received this free book from the publisher. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)

Under the surface of Jack Jetstark's Intergalactic Freakshow is a adventure story that asks important questions about power, leadership, and a rebellion worth fighting for. Based on the premise of a carnival where for the span of a song, the performers are transformed, the book takes a turn based on romance, justice, and freedom. That being said, if you're looking for a book a
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