Greenhill's novel is creative and imaginative. The world of Zorca-twenty-three becomes just as alive for readers as earth becomes for April, down to the smallest detail. It is a refreshing new fantasy world which will certainly capture the imagination of young adult readers.
Greenhill demonstrates an ability to describe things in detail and from the point of view of someone who has never experienced them before. April's misunderstanding of what people mean and how things work and her ability to commit social major faux pas result in a very funny story.
Oas is sent from her home planet of Zorca-twenty-three to rescue her brother Ralb from the worst humanoid known in the solar system--a teenage girl. With her traveling companions, Rotsen, a plant with an attitude who watches too many Sopranos reruns, and Lehcarr, a Venus Fly Trap with the habit of eating her friends, they set out to find Ralb.
Traveling through a black hole, Oas is transformed from her ananoid shape into a teenage humanoid, becoming what she fears most-a teenager. They land in Bedrocktown to find the teenagers aren't as bad as they feared-they're worse. Zen her handler has warned her to stay away from pizza and popcorn but she tries both, with horrible results. She needs to find her brother, figure out how humans kiss, save the town from an E. coli outbreak, and meet Johnny Depp, not necessarily in that order. Then all she has to do is find her way home, but are her ties to Earth too strong?
Nicola pushed one of the round buttons on the wall, and the doors creaked into operation. The humanoid eating-machine rushed to close us up inside.
"Wait," I screamed.But we plummeted towards the inner sanctum of Earth. Down, down, down we went at the speed of light or just about.
I opened my mouth to tell her I was going to get out and walk. My ears popped, and then a miracle occurred.
The doors slid open, and I saw daylight.
We were facing a large room filled with foresty plants and chairs that didn't look used. Sunlight trickled in through the wall's high glass.
I pumped my fist in the air and locked arms with Nicola. Together we strolled outside. I swung my bag with my old clothes in it like I didn't have a care in the world. I didn't. I'd traveled through black holes, survived a hairdresser, eaten ice cream, done an endurance walk up countless steps, and finally lived to tell about my adventure in an elevator. No wonder I was feeling a tad asteroid-lagged.