One of the challenges for the 2015 Booktube-a-thon was to read a book that is someone else’s favorite. After talking with Will about his favorite books, I decided to read The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams. I tried to also fulfill the challenge of reading an entire book without letting go of it, but I failed pretty badly at it. Anyways!
This is a humorous sci-fi book that was published in 1980. I was pretty surprised at how old it is. For some reason, I thought this was more recent. And! It’s a series. This Ultimate Guide has all of the books in it, but I only read the first one.
Don’t let the sci-fi genre throw you, because this book is not all space ships and aliens. I mean, one of the main characters is an alien … and for most of the book they’re on a space ship. But, it’s way more than that. So, Arthur is a human (on Earth, in England) who is unknowingly friends with an alien named Ford. Ford had been exiled to Earth for 15 years prior to its destruction, which happens almost immediately in the story.
Ford is in the middle of writing The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy when Earth is destroyed. Somehow, Ford knows it’s going to happen and saves Arthur. They end up on a stolen space ship being flown by the President of the Universe Zaphod Beeblebrox. Chaos ensues, and you’ll never believe who is controlling the entire universe!
This is such a fun read. I literally laughed outloud through the entire book. I want to recommend this to everyone!