WARNING: THIS BOOK REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS!! PLEASE READ BOOKS 1 & 2 FIRST!
Moon Base Alpha was supposed to be an exciting place to live, but Dash didn’t expect for it to be this exciting. After solving a murder and rescuing the moon base commander, he just wants to have a calm, quiet thirteenth birthday. But of course, multi-billionaire and total pain Lars Sjoburg ruins it—by being poisoned.
Now there’s a murderer loose on Moon Base Alpha again. And Dash is charged with finding out who it could have been.
Everyone has a motive, and time is running out.
The reason for the spoiler warning above is because I want to talk about the secret occupant on Moon Base Alpha, Zan. Zan isn’t physically on MBA but appears to Dash through thought (a process that, according to reliable sources, may be how intelligent extraterrestrial life contacts us in the future). According to Zan, humanity is in grave danger of destroying itself (no surprise there). But Zan’s species has a way to solve many of Earth’s problems but the solution has the potential to be dangerous if misused. And we humans do have a track record of taking new technology and using it to destroy each other.
But enough about that, let’s talk about the possibility of contact with an extraterrestrial being. They could be looking down at us right now. Just imagine how weird we would appear to an alien species. I’m human (or so I’ve been told) and I don’t understand us. Would they be impressed with our accomplishments, our technology, our music, our art? Would they question why we care so much about appearances, religion, and celebrities who are famous for doing nothing. Would they be offended the way we portray them in our TV shows and movies? With that said I leave you with this question, how would you explain all of human existence and how we live to an alien species?
Now, let’s discuss another topic from this story, the Sjoburgs’. The Sjoburgs’ are a very rich family of four from Sweden and are the first space tourists to visit Moon Base Alpha. They are also absolutely horrible human beings. But that’s not the point I want to make here. Let’s talk about space tourism. Yes, this is actually going to be a real thing. Check out the YouTube link below if you don’t believe me.
Is it really a smart idea to let civilians, not just the people who can pay for a $250,000 ticket, to go up into space? And I highly doubt that any company is going to be able to launch a space hotel by 2022, considering how many things can go wrong up in space. If this is really going to happen, there needsto be a thorough psychiatric and background check on everyone who signs up for this, because not many people are mentally capable of being in a small enclosed space with strangers.
But let’s stop talking about my opinions on certain subjects featured in this book and talk about my opinion on the book. Stuart Gibbs has once again written a great mystery that draws the reader in and I’m still impressed how he is able to insert the subject of poop in every one of his stories. There really is no end to the humor of poop, especially space poop. This story is a great conclusion to the series. Yes, this is the third and final book in the series…for now. For an explanation, click the link below:
Before I end this review, I would like to make an announcement. From now on, at the end of a book review I will be sharing a Weird but True/Awesome fact that I’ve found from National Geographic Kids books. I’m going to try to have the facts relate to the featured book in some way, but that might be difficult. So, without further ado, this week’s Weird but True fact about Space Travel:
Some scientists think that by the year 2100, we should be able to travel through space at about 134 million miles an hour.