Joss is the seventh son of the Supreme Overlord of the Universe. His older brothers help his dad rule the cosmos, but all Joss gets to do is deliver pies. Thats right: pies. Of course, these pies actually hold the secrets of the universe between their buttery crusts, but theyre still pies.
Joss is happy to let his older brothers shine. He has plenty to keep his hands full: attempting to improve his bowling score, listening to his best friend, Kal, try (and fail) to play the drums, and exploring his ever-changing home, The Realms. But when Earth suddenly disappears, Joss is tasked with the seemingly impossible job of rebuilding it.
With the help of Annika, an outspoken girl from Earth, he embarks on the adventure of a lifetime . . . and learns that the universe is an even stranger place than hed imagined.
I can describe this story with one word: Complex!
Like Every Soul a Star, I cant even imagine how much research must have gone into writing this story. I had to go back and reread some of the more scientific passages to try to understand it all. In a nutshell: the universe is constantly expanding, we are all just a tiny speck of dust floating in the universe, and we take for granted that we exist at all. And lots of other big words and facts Ive heard on The Big Bang Theory but dont understand completely. Just read the Authors Note at the end of the book because I am incapable of explaining it all to you. And dont get me started on trying to explain The Realms. Youre on your own trying to figure that place out.
What I found the most amusing was that out of all the different species living in the universe, the occupants of The Realms find Earth the most entertaining. Apparently, out of all the other living beings in the universe, were the only ones who have developed a sense of humor.
Heres a little side note that some people might get a kick out of. Annika, the earthling girl, lives in Ohio. You might not think this is a big deal, but when your mother is originally from Ohio, and almost every book I have ever read mentions Ohio in some way or another, its a big deal. The fact that the last Earthling girl in the universe is from Ohio means something. Ohio is the center of the universe. WOO HOO! GO OHIO! OHIO RULES! O-H! I-O! OHIO!
Each chapter starts with a quote from real-life famous astronomers, physicists, writers, philosophers, chemists, and mathematicians. Here are a few of my favorites:
What Carl Sagan is saying here is that the elements inside a pie and inside everything came from the birth of the universe. This quote is where Pi in the Sky starts.
And just for fun, Im including a YouTube link to the Animaniacs song Yakkos Universe Song. You dont have to watch it, but its a catchy song and it does an excellent job of explaining that its a great big universe and were just tiny little specks compared to it.