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Publisher's Summary

When John Riley gets on the wrong coach, he ends up at an elite academy on an enormous spaceship, where his classmates are aliens, the food is disgusting, and the penalty for failing exams is harsh. Can he show that he deserves a place at Hyperspace High?

©2013 Zac Harrison (P)2013 Audible Ltd

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Best book in the world 🌎

Hi it is Brealyn Stanford I wrote you a note for you before I love this book too I love weird and the cool and fun thank you.!

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School on a Spaceship

A quick, fun SF adventure that's perfect for MG boys (and girls).

Source: I received this book free from Audible Studios. My opinions are my own.

BOOK DETAILS:
Crash Landing by Zac Harrison, read by Michael Fenton Stevens, published by Audible Studios (2013) / Length: 3 hrs 55 min

SERIES INFO:
This is Book #1 of 6 in the "Hyperspace High" series. All are available on audio.

SUMMARY:
This is a fun story that both I and my young nieces & nephews enjoyed.

There are a few over used elements here: 3 friends (2 boys & 1 girl), 1 snooty nemesis boy, and a wise headmaster at a boarding school. But it is very different in many ways as well. First of all, this is SF. And second, the series is a set of independent adventures that take place over a single semester, rather than a larger tale divided up into years.

I like that they didn't try and Americanize this. That means younger readers may need to find out what things such "trainers" are (sneakers).

CHARACTERS:
John: A fairly regular boy, who is nevertheless good enough at maths to qualify for a scholarship to a fancy British boarding school, too bad he got on the wrong bus.

His roommate is very large, and has wings. His female friend seriously struggles in her classes, but is an ace pilot. I really could have done without the Draco clone (although here he has a robotic sycophant rather than bully sidekicks).

WORLDBUILDING:
My favorite bit of "tech" is ZEPP, the computer's AI, who's "almost like a person" but with a much bigger brain.

Each book is very short, I am hoping that we get more information about the various species in later books (especially those of his best friends & the headmaster).

PLOT:
This is a very fast moving book without a lot of filler. We start with John waking up late the morning of he's supposed to leave for boarding school. I'm glad the author took some time there to establish his family though. We end with the information that John is going to be allowed to stay on Hyperspace High (not a spoiler, as there are 5 more books of his adventures there). Since this is the first book, we do get some stuff in the middle about him having to cram hard to catch up.

HIGHLIGHTS:
--John's interactions with his parents. They seem really great, and as involved as they can be with their son in boarding school.
--Sound cancelling bed alcoves - good for John, since his roommate snores. One year, my dorm room was ground floor facing a very busy street; I really could have used one of these.

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Character voices differentiated = Yes. / Opposite sex voices acceptable = Yes. His voice is very deep, especially for a MG series, so they don't sound feminine but it's OK / Accents = Sounded good to me. Very lightly British (probably what is known as mid-Atlantic) / Phrasing, Pacing & Pronunciation = Good / Emoting = Good / Speed = Good my usual 1.25 might be a tiny bit fast for a first time listen.

I mentioned parallels to a certain very popular MG series above. It continues with a narrator whose voices sometimes reminded me of Jim Dale.

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  • Simon Guy
  • 03-22-20

Crash Landing!

There are a thousand things I want to say about this book but I will have to use one, here it comes, get ready, AWESOME!

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  • H.A.
  • 01-17-22

FANTASTIC ADVENTURE

Absolutely loved this Audible book. It was full of adventure and excitement, I couldn't get to sleep. I pressed play, then set my audio speed to o.85x for bed time so that I could relax, and it was just too good to put down. the next morning I set speed to o.90x and the narration was perfect. The only problem was the shocking and scary voice of the female teacher. Young children will not like her part in the story. it scared and shocked me and I'm an adult. Another fantastic introduction to this Audiobook Thanks Audible 😊

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  • Rachel
  • 07-20-22

To the person who wrote the review "why" you are wrong

i dont care about anyone elses opinion but if you insist on hearing mine here it is

Absolutely amazing awesome and quite frankly incredible the one thing i would sag far to short if you make it go for infinity more long absolutely supercalifragilisticexpealidocious

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-27-22

I LOVE IT

it is epic and I love all the other languages it's epic Sylarin and dilarin?

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  • Anton C.
  • 03-22-22

I heard that it’s great but still strange

I’ve heard really good things about this book but the only thing bothering me is that it says audible only on the front cover. This book is in the book corner at a school I visited. I just find it strange but I heard it’s a brilliant book!

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  • Rich
  • 02-06-22

Love it

This book is amazing
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Keep them coming
They are great I love them loads

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  • CM
  • 01-16-22

Straightforward but Great!

Although there are no twists or turns to this story, and it lasts any real challenge for the characters, it's a really good book to listen to. The fact it's easy to return to this book, indefinitely, makes it all the better.

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  • 12-24-21

Epic adventure!

I really enjoyed this book. I liked the story and the voices of the different characters. I’m going to listen to the others in this series. By Fred, age 8

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  • Ghostface 317
  • 11-07-21

A little on the short side, but otherwise...

... a pretty darned enjoyable little audiobook!

Seriously, I basically devoured this book over the course of two sittings. It's a short, fun little adventure story that people of any age can enjoy. The characters are, for the most part, an extremely likeable and memorable bunch.

The story may be a little on the simple side for some, but for me that's one of its biggest charms. It's not a big saga, nor is it an epic singular volume. It's just a satisfying, albeit short, little story that kept my hooked throughout.

I'm definitely getting the rest of the series!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-26-21

Why?!

This story seems like it was mashed together by a five year old and it would be better if it was! The entire story seems bland and generic. The characters all are boring and plain versions of WAY overused stereotypes. And I’m sure that there are probably a million in this series so I’m TOTALLY sure that this will not be valued by anyone:( . If you are going to buy this book then just DON’T. 😡