Author: Douglas Adams
Genre: Science Fiction
Series: Hitchhiker’s Guide Series #1
Summary taken from the back of the book
Seconds before 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 a galaxyful of fellow travelers: Zaphod Beeblebrox, the two-headed three-armed ex-hippie and totally out-to-lunch president of the galaxy; Trillian (formerly Tricia McMillan), Zaphod’s girlfriend, whom Arthur tried to pick up at a cocktail party once upon a time zone; Marvin, a paranoid, brilliant, and chronically depressed robot; and Veet Voojagig, a former graduate student obsessed with the disappearance of all the ballpoint pens he’s bought over the years. Where are these pens? Why are we born? Why do we die? For all the answers, stick your thumb to the stars!
Honestly, I’ve been trying to make myself do this book review for days but couldn’t bring myself to do it since I really wasn’t a fan of this book. I copied the summary from the back since I couldn’t trust myself to do an unbiased one. I was surprised by my reaction to this book since I have heard such great reviews of it in the past, but maybe my expectations were too high. Also, I neglected to consider a few important facts. 1) I’m not a huge fan of science fiction 2) I don’t like completely random books. This book really bothered me because the plot lacks direction.
Having said this, I did enjoy Adams’ witty remarks and creative ideas throughout the novel. I think the clever puns are the cause of such high reviews for the book. Adams writes well, but I don’t think simply having a funny book merits its reputation. I also really enjoyed the character Marvin, despite the concept of a depressed robot being incredibly sad. I didn’t find the other characters very likeable or special which definitely contributed to my dislike for the book. The book is pleasant if you’re looking for a different and easy to read book, but I did not find it very captivating and had no motivation to continue reading.
I think the best and scariest message of Adams’ book is that anything we do on Earth is relatively insignificant, since we really have no idea what else is going on in the galaxy or what bigger plans we are a part of.
I feel like this is a very low rating for such a highly acclaimed book, but I really struggled getting through it and I want to keep my reviews honest, if nothing else. For this book, think of my rating as being more personal rather than a recommendation or warning – since I think others might appreciate this more than I did. It really was the randomness of the novel that got to me.
The movie adaptation for this book came out in 2005. The trailer is shown here.