Life, The Universe, and Everything

The third book in the increasingly inaccurately named Hitchhiker’s Trilogy.  Douglas Adams was a very strange person, that’s about all that can be said about him.

Book Stats

232 pages (paperback)

Science Fiction/Satire

3rd book in a 5 part trilogy.

Characters

We follow the same characters that are in the other books, although Slartibartfast makes another appearance.

Setting

The book starts on Earth 2 million years ago where Arthur and Ford were left at the end of the second book.  This book also introduces another very strange element.  Slartibartfast travels throughout the universe using a small bistro for a ship, and the process of getting the ship to move is called Bistromatics.  The book also goes to the planet of Krikkit, a secluded planet surrounded by a dust cloud that makes it impossible to see any other part of the universe.

Plot

Billions of years ago, a spaceship crash landed on Krikkit.  The inhabitants never imagined that there was anything else in the universe because they could never see it.  Once they did see it, they decided it had to go.  This plot of this book is about the characters trying to stop the people of Krikkit from destroying the universe.

Enjoyment

The humor in Adams’ books can’t be mistaken for anyone else’s.  However, the story gets lost for a large part of this book.  The end worked well, but it was a long journey to get there.  A lot of the individual parts of this book are wonderfully funny (such as Arthur learning to fly by throwing himself at the ground… and missing).

Overall Grade

On it’s own, this book doesn’t work all that well.  The fact that it’s the third book in the series with two more to go makes it more successful, but it still has too many flaws.

5/10

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