i received a copy from netgalley for review
its a middle grade story about a boy who goes to a space themed convention. his mother is a stay at home good for nothing, his older brother is the provider for them and he adopted a dog from aside a dumpster to which his mother is completely oblivious. he buys a ticket online for him and his dog and with the help of an older boy he gets on the train (since kids have to be accompanied, duh) and makes it to the end of the train ride getting along with a guy who has a pact not to talk so they team up.
the book is written in the form of the boys voice recordings where he got an ipod from a friend of his brothers and records segments in order to send it up to space with his shuffle, what he himself built.
this is as long as i got into the story because I picked up many of my own physical copies and set this one on hold until it slipped my mind and the date expired on netgalley and the cloud service to read it.
the story so far was really good and im planning to pick up my own copy.
from what ive read i rate it a 4/5 stars.
synopsis via goodreads: A space-obsessed boy and his dog, Carl Sagan, take a journey toward family, love, hope, and awe in this funny and moving novel for fans of Counting by 7s and Walk Two Moons.
11-year-old Alex Petroski loves space and rockets, his mom, his brother, and his dog Carl Sagan—named for his hero, the real-life astronomer. All he wants is to launch his golden iPod into space the way Carl Sagan (the man, not the dog) launched his Golden Record on the Voyager spacecraft in 1977. From Colorado to New Mexico, Las Vegas to L.A., Alex records a journey on his iPod to show other lifeforms what life on earth, his earth, is like. But his destination keeps changing. And the funny, lost, remarkable people he meets along the way can only partially prepare him for the secrets he’ll uncover—from the truth about his long-dead dad to the fact that, for a kid with a troubled mom and a mostly not-around brother, he has way more family than he ever knew.