This is the second book in the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series, written by Douglas Adams. As the story begins, we see the Heart of Gold travelling innocently through outer space, about to be decimated by the massive Vogon ship which is travelling behind it. On board the ship is the protagonist, Arthur Dent, along with his four shipmates; Ford Prefect, a longtime friend and the expert contributor to The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy; Zaphod Beeblebrox, the two-headed, four-armed ex-president of the galaxy; Tricia McMillan, a fellow Earth refugee (who is now called Trillian), and Marvin, the paranoid android. As the crew hurtle through space in their ship powered by pure improbability, they unite with a desperate longing for something to eat. They don’t know it yet, but they are speeding towards the best place in the universe to dine: the ultimate hot spot for an evening of apocalyptic entertainment and fine dining, where the food (literally) speaks for itself.
The start of this book confused me a bit as I could not understand why it started the way it did. The last line of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (the first book) is “Ok baby, hold on tight,” said Zaphod. “We’ll take a quick bite at the Restaraunt at the End of the Universe.” and the at the start of this book, the group had no idea that they were going to the Restaraunt at the End of the Universe, or, as a matter of fact, any restaurant. I don’t think this was thought out well enough by the author but overall, the rest of the book exceeded my expectations.
This book made cry with laughter and I found it hard to put down until it was finished. It is a must-read book for over tens as throughout it is quite confusing. I’d give this book a 9.5 out of 10 and just from reading it, I already know that the next one will be just as brilliant.
By JRR Tolkien
This is book two in the Lord of the Rings trilogy. It contains parts three and four. After the first book, you would be wondering what happened to Frodo and Sam so Tolkien makes you wait, only revealing what happens to them in part four.
In part three you see a lot of poor Merry and Pippin and their adventures and you also see how things are going with Strider (or Aragorn), Legolas and Gimli. Part three brings back old characters and gives us an insight in great detail of the battles that follow their arrival.
Then we finally get to the part we have been waiting for. The much shorter, part four. This part tells us of the exploits of Frodo and Sam, (and the mysterious lurking figure that follows them wherever they go…)
I love this book even more than the first as there is a lot more action in it. It shows how each and every character must be brave at some point. The book has loads of descriptive and interesting language but the writing is small and I would recommend it to ten to twelve years and up.
By Patrick Ness
What if your mother and father were dead? What if you were raised by your mother’s friends until the mayor’s wrath made you flee the town?
This is what faces Todd Hewitt, the youngest person in Prentisstown when he finds something he shouldn’t have. Prentisstown is one of the many settlements in the New World. People moved there when Earth became overcrowded and started to destroy itself. The strange thing about this world is the noise. It’s not the hustle and bustle of an ordinary world like ours. You can hear everyone else’s thoughts. Well, that is until Todd finds someone with no noise. Which is impossible.
This story tells us of Todd’s adventures with this mysterious person when the whole of Prentisstown is pursuing them across the New World. I’d give this book 12 out of 10 if that was possible. I would recommend it to anyone who loves a bit of adventure, mixed with some scary and more than a touch of laughter. I think one of the best things about this book is that it`s part of a trilogy so there`s three times the laughter.