As much as I harp on about not liking science fiction, I think I subconsciously love it. Seriously, I tore through First Day On Earth by Cecil Castellucci, which okay, reads more like a contemporary young adult book than hard science fiction. But you know what? For a reader like me that is perfect.
Mal is sort of a quiet weirdo. He does not fit in at his high school or anything. Right, so he ends up going to support group for alien abduction survivors because he is absolutely convinced that he was abducted by aliens for three days instead of having a nervous breakdown. While at group he meets Hooper, another totally weird guy whom Mal senses is different. Hooper kind of represents an answer to Mal, and that’s all I will say.
It’s hard for me to describe First Day On Earth without giving too much away. It is a sparse book, but heavier than most of the other young adult science fiction I’ve read. Castellucci describes Mal’s pain, his teenage anguish at having a barely functioning mother and an absent father in such a soul crushing way. Yet, there’s hope too. AND I think that’s what I liked best about First Day On Earth, that Castellucci takes us down Mal’s deep dark tunnel, but shows us that there is a light at the end.
First Day On Earth is 150 pages with very short chapters. I think, however, that even though it’s a quick read, one should not underestimate the depth of First Day On Earth by Cecil Castellucci. I think lonely, depressed teenagers will see themselves in Mal, even if they haven’t been abducted by aliens, and I hope that, in turn, they will see optimism and a way through that dark time. Y’all, I am pretty sure I am totally going to check out more Cecil Castellucci books if First Day On Earth is any indication of her writing ability.
Disclosure: Received for review.