Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Little Green Men at the Mercury Inn by Greg Leitich Smith Review

Book Nerd Review by Chloe

Beach culture and UFOs collide in this lighthearted adventure story about an alien encounter at an aging Cocoa Beach motel.

Twelve-year-old Aidan lives and works at his parents' motel on the Space Coast in Florida, so he's seen a lot of weird stuff. Even his best friend, Louis, is a little bit crazy—he's obsessed with UFOs and swears he saw one two years ago. But things at the Mercury Inn are about to get a whole lot weirder. When an actual unidentified flying object suddenly appears in the sky over the motel, Aidan begins to realize that some of the residents of the Mercury Inn may be much more unusual than he thought. And Louis might not be so crazy after all. Filled with quirky characters and atmosphere, this beachy alien caper, like the aging motel where it takes place, is anything but ordinary.

Aidan lives at the Mercury Inn and Suites on the Space Coast of Florida, which his parents own. There is going to be a launch party for a new line of spaceships that will take people to Mars and back. Because of this party, there is a ton of people at the Mercury Inn. People like Dru, the daughter of some people who work in the space industry. The night of the party turns out to be a disappointment because the launch party is cancelled because of something in the restricted air space. The following morning, Dru calls Aidan and asks him to come to her suite. When he gets to her place, he looks in the fridge and finds an alien body! Dru, who is also an alien it turns out, must bring the body back to her home planet. The body is melting and they have to get it somewhere cold quick or faces were going to start melting off! Turns out there is another important reason for Dru to come to Earth, Aidan is also an alien! Well, his body is alien but his soul is not. His body has been alien for a couple years. Why did he get changed into an alien? Will he ever be the same again? To find out, read Little Green Men at the Mercury Inn.

I really liked this book, mostly because of Dru. I love her calm manner in everything she does. She never panics even in the tightest of circumstances. She always stays cool. This is probably because of her alien personality. Her one moment of weakness is for the good of her people. Next, I really enjoyed the pace of the book. It was a fast read and I really like that about it. Last, I enjoyed all the odd bits thrown in, like Dru’s facts and the funny jokes. They were thrown in at all the right times to lighten up the mood and sometimes to confuse. “Dragon’s Triangle” anyone? If action-packed storys from another planet are your thing, check out Little Green Men at the Mercury Inn by Greg Leitich Smith.

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