Smek for President! (Smek #2) by Adam Rex
To be published: Feb 10, 2015
Even though it was Tip (real name Gratuity) and J.Lo (the Boov alien not the celebrity) who actually saved the world from the Gorg invasion two years ago, they get no credit for it. Instead, most humans think Dan Landry is the real hero. The Boov blame J.Lo for sending the signal which alerted the Gorg to Earth originally, which was a total accident, and have nicknamed him “The Squealer”. J.Lo is determined to clear his name, and so he and Tip hop into their flying car Slushious (which J.Lo recalibrated in the last book) and head for New Boovworld, his homeworld on one of the moons of Saturn. They go to see the infamous Captain Smek, who contrary to popular opinion, isn’t as welcoming as they thought. The Boov are in the middle of an election for the first time ever and Smek has to fight for his title of HighBoov. He believes that J.Lo is a threat to Boov security and has him thrown in prison. Will Tip be able to save him? Will she also be able to get back to earth? Will J.Lo ever be able to clear his name and Tip get the recognition she deserves for saving the Earth? To find out, read this crazy journey into an alien civilization. Recommended for ages 9-13, 3 stars.
I really loved the first book, so when I saw the second one, I jumped at the chance to read it. I don’t know if the author was rushed to finish it or they demanded he split it into three books, but it just wasn’t as good as the first one. Don’t get me wrong, it had its moments of absolute hilarity, but mostly it just came across forced. The comic-like illustrations greatly added to the hilarious parts of the book, as well as helping to explain some Boovish terms and accessories that would otherwise have been lost in translation. My favorite part of the book was the explanation of Stickyfish, a Boovish sport, listed in Appendix A at the end of the book. Random and uproarious, it kind of reflected the political commentary of the rest of the book. I also liked Tip’s interactions with Bill the advertisement bubble and her description of hell.
I am quite excited to learn that they are planning to make a movie (unfortunately named Home) about The True Meaning of Smekday, so hopefully it will bring new fans to the series (despite the fact that they have changed our favorite Boov’s name from J.Lo to O). The trailer looks really adorable though.
Disclaimer: I received this advanced reader’s copy from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.