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My Best Friend Runs Venus

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  15 ratings  ·  10 reviews
At 12.9 years old, number-obsessed Kade Walker has never heard of death. Literally. But neither has anyone else he knows. Kade is one of hundreds of kids "living" across the solar system through robotic avatars while their real bodies sleep in pods on Earth.

Unfortunately, robot bodies can be hacked.

One day during an (innocent!) experiment, Kade unwittingly breaks a major s
Paperback, 160 pages
Published June 1st 2019 by Forest Publishing, LLC
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Charmaine Ohl
Jul 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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A cute read. The story is great for younger readers being easy to read and follow. The ideas in the plot are enough to keep some older readers interested as well. The concept of the story is a nice fresh look at future life possibilities with settlements on other planets. Tamika and Kade are great characters for youth to follow, getting into trouble and then needing to figure things out on their own will resonate with early to mid teen readers. Some subtle lessons about appearances, age and stat ...more
Jul 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Strange Robot in a Strange Land: A Review of My Best Friend Runs Venus

For those of you who grew up with their noses buried in a book, there’s a very comforting and familiar tone associated with the best fiction written for twelve-ish-year-olds. There is a sense of adventure and wonder that authors like Enid Blyton and C.S. Lewis managed to convey in much of their work. It’s dangerous, and sometimes terrifying, but in the end, the gang comes home, and you can turn off the lights with a smile on y
Patricia Hamill
In My Best Friend Runs Venus, there’s a lovely blend of sci-fi, adventure and whimsy. The main characters are a couple of pre-teens who have been paired up as companions and sent to Venus via robotic avatars to run the planet. Their curiosity gets the better of them, and they activate a teleporter that releases a dangerous criminal who is intent on taking over their sims and destroying the status quo.

Had I read this as a kid, I think I would have loved it. As it is, I just really liked it, which
Michelle Hauck
Jun 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kids
A fun romp from Venus to the moons of Jupiter and onto Earth with a couple of teen avatars as they battle an adult trying to take over the universe.
Gemma L. Brook
Aug 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
This middle-grade sci-fi is such a fun interplanetary romp! Young Kade and Tamika are great friends; in fact, they are each other’s only friends. Kade wants to help Tamika meet more people so they can both grow more friendships. Meanwhile, Princess Tamika is trying hard to be a good person and a good ruler, nothing like her infamous mother.
They’re doing all this in robotic avatars that allow them to live on the terraformed worlds of Venus, Mercury, and other places in the solar system. Unfortuna
Jul 18, 2019 rated it it was ok
I received an arc of this book on netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

I got pretty confused about what was happening, and i'm not sure how appealing this one is, because it is definitely one of the more ''out of the box'' space books i've read recently. Also, I get that the kid was kind of numbers obsessed but it got kind of annoying after a while.
Aug 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Kids who enjoy sci-fi are going to enjoy this little romp across the universe! I'd recommend it as a purchase for a collection or a gift.
I received a Kindle arc from Netgalley in exchange for a fair review.
Jan 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was such an easy, fun read. I enjoyed the world that was created and placed in the future. The characters were easy to relate to and cheer for. The pace of the novel could hold your interest while not going too quickly. Can't wait to read more from this series. ...more
Frances Denny
Nov 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
One of the best books I've read all year. Original, imaginative, funny and packed with action and unexpected twists. It maybe middle-grade, but this is a book that all age groups could enjoy. ...more
Steff Fox
Aug 11, 2019 rated it liked it
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My Best Friend Runs Venus by Katrina S. Forest was...okay. And frankly, that's really just the best way to put it. This book had a rather fascinating premise, that of a somewhat matrix-like world where all of humanity is now living in little pods and controlling robotic bodies across space. Adults, unfortunately, struggle to remain in control of robotic bodies for extended periods of time and therefore spend a lot of time sleeping. Children, however, are able to control t
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