Book Review: Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams


Rating: ⭐⭐⭐


This story follows a couple of different characters. Arthur Dent is your average Englishmen, whose house is set to be demolished. His friend, Ford Prefect, tells him not to worry – Earth is about to be demolished anyway. Thus begins their adventure. We also meet the eccentric Zaphod Beeblebrox, president of the galaxy, set to unveil a super fancy new space ship.

What I Liked

  • The story was quirky and unexpected. It had a lot of improbable occurances and unusual additions to the story. Mice, dolphins, a large whale, petunias, and tea are all some of the weird thing you don’t expect to read about in outer space.
  • I liked some of the alien lifeforms. There were humanoids and insectoids and such, but also a super intelligent shade of blue. What a neat idea!

What I Didn’t Like

  • The plot seemed sort of aimless to me. There was no “ticking time-bomb” (as Jeff Gerke would call it) and other than a desire to survive, no real agenda. And yes, I know “desire to survive” can be a great plot point, but, for example, in Hunger Games their desire is to escape the area and that’s why they have to survive. Or in many other books, their desire is to be rescued or to reach some sort of end-point. This book didn’t have that.
  • It turns out, I don’t like wandering through space stories. I just hate the aimlessness of it. To be fair, I should have guessed by the title (they’re hitchhiking after all), but I had a little higher expectation for this book.
  • This book has been a part of pop culture (or at the very least, nerd culture) for quite a while, so it was a little bit of a let down for me. Not horrible, but not great either.

In Conclusion

If you like wandering-in-space stories, you might enjoy this one.

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  1. Fair warning: I’m ultra biased to love this book.

    I think the “aimlessness” is what makes Hitchhiker’s guide so wonderful. Where most other science fiction books of the time were about “saving the world” – Arthur’s world blew up in the first chapter. He was the exact opposite of the daring, dashing sci-fi heroes of the time.

    What drove the rest of the story was him, trying to find a new place to call home in the Universe.

    Also, I think Adams is hilarious, which definitely kept me reading. His deadpan, unexpected humor always had me smiling.

    I think you’ve made a fair criticism of the book. To each their own!


    • I was hesitant to even post this review because I know this book is so loved by many! I’ve read few enough sci-fi that I didn’t catch this one as being unique in its wandering plotline, which is a great point. And I did love the hilariousness/ridiculousness of the book. Glad you at least enjoyed it! 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!


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