Stephen McCranie’s Space Boy is nothing short of astounding. It’s a lovely pastry consisting of, buttery-rich characters, sweet and tart adolescence, a heaping scoop of loss and longing, all stirred together before being folded into thick sheets of science fiction.
The books will leave a wonderful flavor in your mind.
The first two books catalogue Amy (a space-dwelling teen) as she embarks on a journey to the great unknown [to her] planet Earth. Earth, is cleverly presented as a place she’s only seen in movies, which is part of what I adore about this book. By telling his tale from this perspective, McCranie tells a bigger story.
How many immigrants can relate to the loss of friends and family, their favorite food, the comforts of home, while at the same time being exposed to something so stimulating and inviting that one can’t help but to want to fit in to the new “world” they are inhabiting?
Grab the book, and enjoy the ride.
Rating PG 12: No sex, no language, no… feet.
Awesomeness: McCranie’s strengths are many, but where he truly shines is how seamlessly he blends his vision of the future into a character-driven adventure. He resists the urge to leave the reader behind and drone on about details in his world that are superfluous to the story. That’s not to say that the world in Space Boy is by any means half-baked, because, well, it just isn’t. I’m merely saying that he’s a wizard in the way he can seamlessly presents his world as new and unique while simultaneously yielding to the emotions and desires of his characters.
Quote: “I started wondering if I just made you up. I thought maybe I couldn’t handle being alone in the Nothing and invented someone to talk to.”