Updated: Sep 22
In this blog, I want to review a classic book loved by many people called "The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy" by Douglas Adams. About 2 weeks ago, I posted something on my Hayden the Reader' Facebook page where people could vote on which book I should review next. A week after I posted it, I checked the results and I saw that this book had more votes than the other selection,"Gulliver's Travels". I am incredibly happy my followers chose this intergalactic novel because it was very intriguing and perfect for teenagers and adults who love funny stories with science fiction.
In the book, the main character, named Arthur Dent, just realized that he had an awfully big problem. He looked out his window to see see bulldozers outside, and suddenly realized that they were coming to demolish his house! He then quickly went outside and decided to lay in front of the nearest bulldozer. While he lay there next to the mighty machine, his good friend, Ford Prefect, stopped by and asked Arthur if he could join him at the bar to talk. Arthur said that he couldn't move from that spot, so Ford walked over to a man named Mr. Prosser, the boss of the workers, and tried talking to him instead. After a little while, he convinced the boss to lay down in Arthur's place while they went to the pub. While they walked, Ford said that he trusted Prosser until the Earth ends. Arthur asked how long that was, and Ford replied "About 12 minutes away...".
In the bar, Ford reveals that in a few minutes, the Earth will be blown up by small yellow cubes in order to make way for an interstellar highway. Ford also says the reason why he knows this is because he is not human! He tells Arthur that he's actually from a small planet called Betelgeuse and was accidentally stranded on Earth when his flight left without him 15 years before. Ford convinces Arthur to hitch a ride on one of the yellow cubes that make up the Vogon Constructor Fleet to escape from Earth's destruction...
I would give this book 4 out of 5 stars mainly because I enjoyed how silly the dialogue was. In fact, the book was so hilarious that I posted some funniest quotes from the book on my Facebook Page for people who love snippets of humor. Another reason I liked reading this novel is because this book let my imagination run wild with stories of different galaxies and crazy adventures. Plus, even though the story line is unique, I barely had any trouble deciphering the words written on the page into intricate pictures in my head. The only thing that stood between me giving a 5-star rating was that parts of the book dragged on for me, especially when a depressing robot named Marvin was talking.
Overall, I think that this a great book to read in your free time - be sure to put it on your reading list!