The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (novel)

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By Corbin DesJardins, teen blogger

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, by Douglas Adams is an amazing science fiction book for people who like comedy, action, and aliens. 

The story starts with Arthur, a young man who lives in England. He awakes one day, goes through his morning routine, then goes outside and lies in the dirt. Arthur is in the middle of a battle to keep construction workers from destroying his house to make an intersection.

Ford Perfect is an actor. Or so he pretends. Ford is actually an alien. And in a few minutes the Earth will be destroyed to make an intersection. IRONIC. Arthur and Ford have been friends for 5 years and would like to save Arthur from the repulsive, disgusting, revolting Vogan ship which is about to destroy the world.

Ford beams up himself and his poor unsuspecting friend to the Vogan ship. That’s when Arthur finds out Ford is a writer for the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. The Vogans find the men on the ship and release them into mid space.

Meanwhile, Zapphod Beedlebox, president of the galaxy, decides to steal a newly developed space craft know as the Heart of Gold. The two-headed, three-armed, ex-hippie president steals it with the help of his human girlfriend Trillian.

Trillan, one night back on Earth, was at a cocktail party. At that party was a man named Arthur. Arthur that night was trying to get lucky until, “Hey baby, I’m from outer space come talk to me,” and she was gone in a flash.

Now back to the present. The president and Trillian fly through space and pick up two men who just seemed to be floating in space. Those two were Arthur and Ford. When the president and the men meet Ford and Zapphod, they act like they know each other.

Well, it turns out that Ford and Zapphod are cousins. The two aliens run off to talk about science stuff while Arthur has a big, major problem. He doesn’t have any tea. When he uses a machine that claims it can create any beverage in the world, it blends a strange green liquid which it claims is tea.

Soon you meet the depressed little robot Marvin. He’s one big ray of negativity.  Through the rest of the book, more and more happens which sends the group through the galaxy in this goofy comedy.

This is one of the best books I have read in a very long time. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy does require a more mature audience, but is a classic in my book. This book has a few sequels like The Restaurant at the End of the Galaxy, and Life, the Universe, and Everything.

This book had really no theme. It was a bunch of fun in one book. What happens to the group? Find out by reading The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Bring a towel and don’t panic.