Author: Geoff Rodkey
Genre: middle grade,
Publisher: Random House Children’s
Pub Date: March 5, 2019
Taken from NetGalley
Imagine being forced to move to a new planet where YOU are the alien! From the creator of the Tapper Twins, New York Times bestselling author Geoff Rodkey delivers a topical, sci-fi middle-grade novel that proves friendship and laughter can transcend even a galaxy of differences.
The first time I heard about Planet Choom, we’d been on Mars for almost a year. But life on the Mars station was grim, and since Earth was no longer an option (we may have blown it up), it was time to find a new home.
That’s how we ended up on Choom with the Zhuri. They’re very smart. They also look like giant mosquitos. But that’s not why it’s so hard to live here. There’s a lot that the Zhuri don’t like: singing (just ask my sister, Ila), comedy (one joke got me sent to the principal’s office), or any kind of emotion. The biggest problem, though? The Zhuri don’t like us. And if humankind is going to survive, it’s up to my family to change their minds. No pressure.
This was a great sci-fi middle grade adventure!
Planet earth is no longer inhabitable so a group of a few thousand recolonize on Mars, but that wasn’t working out either! As things are getting worse on Mars they get an invitation to come to Planet Choom. Off they go to Choom, their last hope of survival and a 20 year trip.. When they get there they discover that Choom’s government has changed their mind on the invitation and wants them to leave. But they have nowhere else to go!
What are they supposed to do now? The government allows one family unit to stay as a trial run, Lan, Ila and their parents.
On Choom they are the aliens and the people of Choom are a mixed race of very different looking beings. With their emotions being expressed through odor, Lan and Ila are able to learn what these beings like and dislike. But can they learn enough to convince this government to let them stay, or do they have to go another route?
This was such a fun and unique story, Rodkey has a great imagination! If you enjoy middle grade sci-fi, then definitely check out We Are Not From Here!
Thank you to Random House Children’s Publishing and NetGalley for this advanced copy!
Geoff Rodkey is the best selling author of The Tapper Twins Series…
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