I WAS SENT A COPY OF THIS BOOK IN RETURN FOR AN UNBIASED REVIEW
‘If Stan Pollux had known he would be spending the rest of his summer holidays in the outer reaches of our solar system, he would have put on different underpants.’
If Stan Pollux had known he would be spending his summer holidays in the outer reaches of our solar system, he would have put on different underpants.
But when he gets kidnapped by the Planet Dragon Mercury, most things suddenly seem small and insignificant. Stan finds himself in a universe of dragons who had once ruled the skies as gods: Mars, Venus, Saturn and even Uranus way out back. This is shaping up to be the best summer holiday in the history of the cosmos until Stan discovers his stupid sister is missing and that Pluto (AKA Hades) is trying to use her to destroy the Solar System. And it will be all Stan’s fault if he doesn’t get Poppy back.
So, all Stan has to do is learn how to fight like a hero in space armour, defeat the dragon god of the Underworld, Hades, rescue his sister and save the world. All before his parents realise she is missing.
What I thought:
Oh my god this book was a fun read. Dragons. In Space. Planets that are actually dragons, or at least represented by dragons.
I did not know I needed space dragons in my life, I knew about other kind of dragons, the kind in ‘normal’ fantasy and about Smaug and Norbert. I knew about the Roman gods that the planets are named after, I knew about the greek gods too, the stories that Rome took as their own with different names. But what I did not know is how well these things would go together. Why couldn’t the gods actually be dragons that represent the planets?
We all know that Mars is ready for a fight at any second and is much more brawn than brain, the outer planets are older as Jupiter/Jove is the head of the pantheon but Saturn is his father, and that the only female planet is Venus. What we don’t know is that the messenger god, Mercury, is a real chatter-box, a gossip, and more than a bit annoying. Stan has known him for maybe a couple of hours and realises this and wishes he would shut up.
If it wasn’t for the various characterisation of the various gods/dragons this book wouldn’t have succeed as well as it did (I mean it would still be an adventure with dragons in space). But all the characters were great, Poppy really feels like an annoying kid sister, Hades/Pluto is the loner/emo brother, Venus is the sister who thinks she knows everything, and Stan wants to rescue and look after his sister but he also wants her to STOP PLAYING WITH HIS STUFF.
It just sings, every single character sings and I would LOVE to see an animated version and see who they have in the various roles – Antony Head as Jupiter, Ian McKellen as Saturn, Mara Wilson (Matilida) as Venus, and Alexander Vhalos as Mercury. Everyone feels alive and different and like a family. There’s a scene where they have a family dinner to decide what to do about Pluto and it descends into family squabbles within seconds referencing something that happened years ago to explain why the other person’s idea is stupid.
This was such a fun romp and I feel like I’m not doing it service by expanding on it, I could talk about how the MC is obsessed with space, or about the relationship between Stan and Poppy, or the half-bloods/heroes coming back.
But there’s nothing wrong with just a fun romp adventure story. Kid’s aren’t picking books out because they’ve heard of an interesting character arc, they’re picking them up because they sound exciting and fun. Not to say that some kids aren’t looking for more than fun but why shouldn’t they read books that sound exciting. This is an adventure, in space, with dragons. It does exactly what it says on the cover and I promise you (and any child) will have fun reading it
Why I read it:
Dragons. In. Space. Why wasn’t I going to jump at this blog tour?
DRAGONS IN SPACE! I don’t know how many times I can say it before people understand just how awesome a concept it is and how much fun I had reading it. Go put your adult brain away and relish being a child while you read this book.
It’s so much fun and made me smile the whole way through.
Am I glad I read it? YUS
Did I enjoy it? SO MUCH FUN
Would I read again? Yup!
Would I recommend? Yup, adult or child – doesn’t matter just have fun flying through space on the back of a dragon
Robin Bennett is an author and entrepreneur who has written several books for children, adults, and everything in between. Listed in the Who’s Who of British Business Excellence at 29, his 2016 documentary “Fantastic Britain”, about the British obsession with fantasy and folklore, won best foreign feature at the Hollywood International Independent Documentary Awards, and his first book for young adults, Picus the Thief, won the Writer’s News Indie Published Book of the Year Award in 2012. Robin is also a director at Firefly Press
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PopSugar: Set in space; published in 2019; about a family; inspired by mythology, legend, or folklore; two word title.
Read Harder: Mythology/Folklore
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