Ahoy there me mateys! I received this young adult sci-fi eARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. So here be me honest musings . . .
Title: jillian vs parasite planet
Author: Nicole Kornher-Stace
Publisher: Tachyon Publications
Publication Date: TODAY!! (hardback/e-book)
They claim this book be for ages 8 to 12. I may be (much) older but that didn’t stop me from really enjoying this space romp. The story follows eleven-year old Jillian who gets to go with her parents on Take Your Kid to Work Day. But her parents aren’t accountants or lawyers. They are space explorers. How cool is that? But when Jillian accompanies her parents on a routine mission everything goes wrong and Jillian must save the day!
Good thing that Jillian has SABRINA, an artificial intelligence with a hive mind. I did love the robot and the developing relationship it had with Jillian. But what I loved more was how both characters had limitations that had to be thought through and dealt with. Jillian has anxiety and is . . . well, eleven. SABRINA’s strengths and weaknesses are in it’s programming. They have to use the skills they have to accomplish the mission. It was lovely to see both their teamwork and their individual growth. I was rooting for Jillian and loved seeing how everything worked out.
As an older reader I did have to suspend my disbelief a bit. However, I am positive that the younger readers will adore this excellent story. I continue to be a fan of Kornher-Stace’s work and will read whatever she does next. Arrrr!
So lastly . . .
Thank you Tachyon!
Goodreads has this to say about the novel:
Can an anxious eleven-year-old find her chill and save her family from creepy aliens? Only if she’s the most awesome, super-brave astronaut since Spaceman Spiff! So take a deep breath, grab your sidekick, and blast off with Jillian to Parasite Planet.
Eleven-year-old Jillian hates surprises. Even fun ones make her feel all panicky inside. But, she’s always dreamed of joining her space-explorer parents on a mission. It’s Take Your Kid to Work Day, and Jillian finally has her chance to visit an alien world!
The journey to Planet 80 UMa c is supposed to be just a fun camping trip. But then the local wildlife starts acting really dangerous. Only the onboard computer SABRINA sorta knows what’s happening—at least when it’s not goofing off or telling bad jokes.
Looks like it’s Jillian vs Parasite Planet—and Jillian is determined to win!
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