YA. 5 stars.
All. The. Stars.
I’m not sure if this is my favorite book so far of 2016, but it is by far the best I’ve read this year.
And like the other 2 books I adored this year describing this plot is awkward. Henry’s a 16 year old boy who gets abducted by aliens. They give Henry the choice to save the planet – or not. We journey through life with Henry over 144 days as he decides what he’s gonna do. And, here’s the deal, Henry’s life sucks right now. His BF committed suicide – he’s messing around with an asshole – his nana has Alzheimer’s – he’s bullied at school – and his brother is a disaster. Henry’s not sure that this world is worth saving, and you can’t blame him.
This book is perfect. Reading it felt like standing under the night sky – 1,000,000,000,000,000,000 stars twinkling overhead making you feel huge and tiny at the exact same time. Like you could laugh or cry when you next open your mouth – and the sensation is euphoric.
All the things that a book wants to be – showing not telling – understated – funny and sad all at once – well-written – smart – nearly unputdownable – Hutchinson did it with ease. For 451 pages I floated in space with Henry – the quiet and the dark and the fear but surrounded by all those bright spots and all that beauty. I’m a little resentful that it’s over, and my feet have to again touch the ground.