Title: Space Case
Author: Stuart Gibbs
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 337 (hardback)
Age Recommendation: 10
It’s a murder mystery on the moon in this humorous and suspenseful space adventure from the author of Belly Up and Spy School that The New York Times Book Review called “a delightful and brilliantly constructed middle grade thriller.”
Like his fellow lunarnauts—otherwise known as Moonies—living on Moon Base Alpha, twelve-year-old Dashiell Gibson is famous the world over for being one of the first humans to live on the moon.
And he’s bored out of his mind. Kids aren’t allowed on the lunar surface, meaning they’re trapped inside the tiny moon base with next to nothing to occupy their time—and the only other kid Dash’s age spends all his time hooked into virtual reality games.
Then Moon Base Alpha’s top scientist turns up dead. Dash senses there’s foul play afoot, but no one believes him. Everyone agrees Dr. Holtz went onto the lunar surface without his helmet properly affixed, simple as that. But Dr. Holtz was on the verge of an important new discovery, Dash finds out, and it’s a secret that could change everything for the Moonies—a secret someone just might kill to keep… ~ Goodreads
So… Hello everyone! I’m reviewing Space Case and you already know that so I’ll review it now! 😀 Stuart Gibbs is a rather fabulous author. He always has likeable characters and a good mystery. Even when the main character is kind of rude and ungrateful, I don’t hate him like I do for some other ungrateful, whiny characters *cough* Bella Swan *cough*. I love his mysteries and one set in space? I’m in! There were plot twists that I totally did…n’t see coming. Plus there were some cool facts about the moon’s extreme temperatures that I thought were really cool! (I’m not a nerd, I prefer the term geek). And at one part, I literally jumped! (Though I was reading it outside at night, so…) However, his books always seem to follow a formula. Boy is in wrong (or some would say right) place at the wrong time and something is suspicious something dies and boy starts to investigate with people telling him not to then a girl befriends him and they solve the mystery too late and the guy gets away almost until they with all the adults they proved wrong catch them and they live happily ever after. That short formula. 😉 So that was a disappointment for me. His friend that helps him solve the mystery got on my nerves. A LOT. I really really wanted to punch her in the face, but unfortunately, she was fictional so I couldn’t do that. *sigh* Oh well. There were way too many characters. That would have been fine, but we didn’t get to know them so they were just names. And when the mystery was solved, I was just like, Who’s that?
Out of this World Quotes!
Sometimes I can resist the call of nature and go back to sleep, but on this night I knew it was useless. I’d had chicken parmigiana for dinner.
“It was late,” Nina went on “You were tired. You were embarrassed about breaking the toilet.”
In his attempt to devour his burger as quickly as possible, he had apparently forgotten to chew. Now he was red-faced and wheezing, desperately signaling that something was jammed in his gullet.
“Ooh!” Violet cried happily. “Charades!”
What Does the Cat Think?
I give this book 4 stars out of 5!
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