“The unhappy inhabitants of planet Krikkit are sick of looking at the night sky above their heads–so they plan to destroy it. The universe, that is. Now only five individuals stand between the white killer robots of Krikkit and their goal of total annihilation.
They are Arthur Dent, a mild-mannered space and time traveler, who tries to learn how to fly by throwing himself at the ground and missing; Ford Prefect, his best friend, who decides to go insane to see if he likes it; Slartibartfast, the indomitable vicepresident of the Campaign for Real Time, who travels in a ship powered by irrational behavior; Zaphod Beeblebrox, the two-headed, three-armed ex-head honcho of the Universe; and Trillian, the sexy space cadet who is torn between a persistent Thunder God and a very depressed Beeblebrox.
How will it all end? Will it end? Only this stalwart crew knows as they try to avert “universal” Armageddon and save life as we know it–and don’t know it!”
So I am a big fan of the first book in this series. The second book was ok. I wanted to keep going since it is a huge series that my dad loves. I wanted to have something in common with him.
This book was nothing like I was expecting. It was weird, but not as weird as I like. It wasn’t as witty as the first two books. Pretty much this was the turning point in the series that things stopped being amazing and went to eh. It seems to be book three that is the real testing ground for a series. This series didn’t fail, but it didn’t shine either.
SPOILER: The only part that made me laugh was that Marvin’s depression was what saved the day in a weird twisted plot-line way. END SPOILER.
I did like the critique of people who never look up and see things as they are. People get so focused on things that they never see the whole picture. The inhabitants of Krikkit show that really well. As soon as they do look up they want to destroy everything. Doesn’t that ring true of human behavior?
The idea that flying is falling, but missing the ground was pretty genius though. I love how that is a reoccurring joke. It resonates with the clumsy inside of me.
3 out of 5 stars. I might recommend this book, but I might not.
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