Series: The Earthman Jack Space Saga #1
Published by Privateer Press on 7-4-2013
Genres: Adventure, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Young Adult
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Jack Finnegan only has to worry about dealing with school bullies, suffering through detention with his homeroom teacher, and getting noticed by the girl of his dreams... at least until an army of evil aliens invade Earth. Suddenly, this teenage slacker finds himself at the center of a galaxy-spanning conflict - where the lives of everyone on the planet are in jeopardy, soldiers use Quantum Physics to become superheroes, and the enemy uses some mysterious form of magic to make themselves practically unstoppable.
The secret to ending the conflict and saving the universe may lie in a powerful ancient spaceship, which it seems can only be flown by Earthmen. Now, Jack and a rag-tag group of allies must overcome impossible odds, defeat an unkillable enemy, rescue the princess of the galaxy, and save the universe from a threat more terrifying than any it has ever faced.
Can this underachiever rise to the occasion and become the hero Earth needs? The fate of all life in the galaxy may rest in his hands.
This book is about Jack, a teenage misfit who just happens to come across a really attractive alien princess while the Earth is being destroyed. Together they flee and set off on a galactic adventure to save the universe. This book really reminded me a lot of the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. It has a lot of humor, over-the-top situations, and just plain wackiness. But there is also a really strong YA SciFi adventure here too and some really lethal adversaries. There is also a little coming of age and discovering one’s potential like maybe Star Wars or The Last Starfighter. And there is also romance, and grief, and love. This was a really great read that I didn’t want to put down. There were only a few places where it slowed a bit for me (and maybe could have helped with more humor or action), but those were few and far between. Overall a new favorite 5 star for me and I really think everyone should check it out. This will be the start of a great new series.