Book Review: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adam

11Title: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
Genre: Science Fiction
Length: 216 pages
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Publisher: Del Rey Books
Publication Date:  September 27, 1995
Rating – 4 stars

Seconds before the Earth is demolished to make way for a galactic freeway, Arthur Dent is plucked off the planet by his friend Ford Prefect, a researcher for the revised edition of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy who, for the last fifteen years, has been posing as an out-of-work actor.

Together this dynamic pair begin a journey through space aided by quotes from The Hitchhiker’s Guide (“A towel is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have”) and a galaxy-full of fellow travelers: Zaphod Beeblebrox–the two-headed, three-armed ex-hippie and totally out-to-lunch president of the galaxy; Trillian, Zaphod’s girlfriend (formally Tricia McMillan), whom Arthur tried to pick up at a cocktail party once upon a time zone; Marvin, a paranoid, brilliant, and chronically depressed robot; Veet Voojagig, a former graduate student who is obsessed with the disappearance of all the ballpoint pens he bought over the years.

In keeping with my vow this year to delve deeper into the Science Fiction genre I decided to read The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams. I have been wanting to read this book for so many years that I can’t even remember when I officially added it onto my TBR list. I did see the movie in the theatre when it came out in 2005. I don’t even think when I saw it that I realized it was an adaptation. It has been such a long time since I saw it so I can’t even really remember whether I enjoyed it, but I am glad that I finally can say that I read the book and enjoyed it.

I am not going to even try to summarize the plot because I feel like this is one of those books that is super hard to explain and you just need to read it to understand it. That being said, I don’t think this is a book to pick up when you’re first getting into Science Fiction. I think it’s a great read but I think if you’re not already into Science Fiction, especially Science Fiction that has a humorous twist, that a lot of it will be lost on you. I definitely enjoyed Adams’ poking fun at our very human need to seek answers to basic questions like, “Why are we here?”, “What is our purpose?” and “How did we get here?” I really enjoyed that aspect of it and just thought it was a fun read overall. This book is considered a classic Sci-Fi read, I totally get why and recommend giving it a read, if you haven’t. I do think this may be a very polarizing book, either you will get it and love it, or you won’t get it and hate it. I am on the former end of the spectrum, I loved it and will be continuing on. 4 stars!

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