Some of the storytelling is a bit derivative, but it makes up for its lack of originality with a palpable sense of energy and fun. Where the book goes awry is with the supporting cast. It's just too huge an array of peripheral characters, all seemingly fulfilling similar roles. It seems as though there's half a dozen people training Kid Kosmos and another group just to serve as his entourage of friends. Each one of these aliens is more wacky or exotic than the last one, and there are so many of them that few get a chance to really establish a personality. Furthermore, Ray is the only grounded character with which the reader can connect. There needs to be more of a human side to this cosmic plot. Read Full Review
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