February 19th, 2015 by Karen
A few weeks ago, we did a round-up of almost-finalists for the Cybils Awards (the books that didn’t make the final list but were mentioned as favorites by many of the judges). One title that popped up over and over again was Space Case by Stuart Gibbs. So, obviously I had to get my greedy little paws on a copy of the book as soon as possible.
Well, I’m so glad I did! I’m already a big fan of Stuart Gibbs’ books from reading Belly Up, Poached, and Spy School. Based on those stories, I expected Space Case to be a humorous mystery in a unique and awesome setting — and it delivered!
Dash’s family is one of the first ever to live in space. They are part of a small community of scientists and their families (and some super rich tourists) called Moonies, residing on the first moon colony. Unfortunately, it’s not quite as glamorous as Dash had been hoping — being cooped up all the time, limited to terrible dehydrated food, and dealing with the difficulties of bodily functions in low gravity. But then things get really truly bad: the moon base’s doctor is discovered dead on the lunar surface.
Everyone else thinks it’s a suicide, but as the only witness to Dr. Holtz’s last phone call, Dash suspects murder. So it’s up to Dash to get to the bottom of the strange circumstances surrounding Dr. Holtz’s death — all the while trying not to tip off the moon-base commander, who has told Dash he is not to investigate or he will be in BIG trouble.
If you’ve read Space Case, leave a comment and let me know what you thought. And also tell me what you think you’d miss the most if you were living on the moon! (I would definitely miss fresh food!)
Between living in a space colony or a sea colony, Karen has always been more interested in the sea. After reading about how Dash and the rest of the Moonies use the restroom on the moon base, well, now Karen knows the ocean is the right choice!