“People of Earth, your attention please.”
With increasing popularity in the dystopia genre with massive titles such as The Hunger Games, Divergent and Maze Runner taking off in our rather cynical society, a light hearted and interesting book is always a breath of fresh air. Now, here’s were The Hitch-Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy comes in. This little book packs a gigantic punch, so large it could rip a hole in space-time – which, coincidently, does happen during the book.
To try and summarise this book would be on equivalent to asking a whale to work a computer; simply impossible but always worth a try. We start off on planet Earth, our lovely homeland, following Arthur Dent – a rather boring Englishman – as he struggles with a local demolition firm who have been sent to bulldoze his house to make space for a new bypass. However, in all reality, this should be the least of Arthur’s problems. After a series of rather bizarre events – which I can assure is not uncommon in this novel – Arthur and his not so human friend Ford Prefect end up hitch-hiking through space with fish in their ears and not a clue what they are going to do next.
After yet another improbable sequence of events they end up on a secret planet where the once hibernating inhabitants make planets. Yes, that is correct, rather like a baker but with slightly larger and more complex object. Here they meet the spectacularly interesting Slartibartfast who was responsible for the Norwegian fjords and come into some trouble with two hyper-intelligent mice. Thanks to a completely unforeseen series of events and a severely depressed robot the day is saved; the answer to the great question of life, the universe and everything is answered and Arthur Dent still appears to have no idea what is going on.
This book encompasses everything you could ever want into 159 pages of pure joy. Douglas Adams provides you with a gripping and eccentric storyline while having you in stitched to the point where your sides hurt. The short and sweet nature of the book makes it easy and enjoyable to read thus making it perfect for absolutely everyone, even Marvin the depressed robot. An entire universe hides between the covers of this wonderfully fantastic book, so don’t live a boring life like Arthur Dent, spice it up with a bit of The Hitch-Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.