Si in Space – John Luke Robertson and Travis Thrasher

Si in Space Travis Thrasher John Luke Robertson
Si in Space by John Luke Robertson, Travis Thrasher
Series: Be Your Own Duck Commander #3
Published by Tyndale on October 1, 2014
Genres: Fiction, Christian, Children's
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four-half-stars

In this four-book juvenile fiction series featuring the popular Robertson family of Duck Commander and written by Phil's grandson John Luke Robertson (with Travis Thrasher), readers are invited to participate in the zany fun of the Duck Commander world. After a few chapters, readers can choose to go down different paths--all filled with humor and life lessons.

In this volume, a stranger comes into town offering the Robertsons the chance of a lifetime--to take a ride in a real spaceship and travel into space. Of course, none of the Robertson crew listens to this crazy person except Si, who pays to be a traveler. When John Luke hears about the opportunity, he decides to tag along for the ride. Soon they're traveling in space, but the captain of the ship goes unconscious. Can they make it back to earth alive?

Out of the four Be Your Own Duck Commander books, I expected to like this one the most…and it did not disappoint. I mean, consider the premise. Si. In. Space. That’s a premise for ya, Jack! In the book, Uncle Si and John Luke get the unique opportunity to travel into space and orbit the moon. Hey, celebrity allows you to do cool things sometimes. It’s supposed to be an uneventful trip—well with Uncle Si, nothing’s really uneventful—but you know what I mean.

But things quickly go wrong. The spaceship’s computer goes rogue, aliens are following you, and you encounter Tribble—I mean, trouble—very quickly. Do you escape? Do you ever see your family again? Do you end up on some distant planet? Maybe. Maybe all that and more, depending on the decisions only you can make.

I remember Choose Your Own Adventure stories as these little maybe 100 page books that I finished all too quickly. I’d have every finger wedged between pages as a bookmark so I could retrace my steps once I reached an ending. Weighing in at 250+ pages, Si in Space (and the rest of the series as well) provides a much lengthier read (I confess that I ran out of fingers and began using toes…it was quite a complicated read).

The results you can get are hilarious. For instance, take the safe route and the book ends abruptly with the following:

Maybe the following books are the ones you should have checked out instead of Si in Space:

Si Watches The Price is Right

Si in the Shopping Mall

Si Drinks Tea and Takes a Nap…

Si Needs A Life but You Wouldn’t Give Him One, Would You?…

It could’ve been so epic. It could’ve been some kind of wonderful. You could’ve been a contender…

Never taking itself too seriously and continually breaking the fourth wall, Si in Space  is a hilarious romp your kids are sure to enjoy.

four-half-stars

About Travis Thrasher

Travis Thrasher

Bestselling author Travis Thrasher has written over 50 books, spanning genres in fiction, nonfiction and children’s literature. His inspirational stories have included collaborations with filmmakers, musicians, athletes, celebrities and pastors.

With the childhood goal of pursuing a writing career starting in third grade, Thrasher worked for 13 years at Tyndale House Publishers after graduating college. His experience working with as Author Relations Manager allowed him to understand the writing life as well as training him to work with a variety of personalities. This experience has proven to be invaluable with varied writing projects in the decade he’s been a full-time writer.

His novels are as diverse as the people he’s worked with, ranging from love stories to supernatural thrillers. Publishers Weekly said “Sara and Ethan are two of the most real and sensitive lovers to grace the genre” when reviewing his first novel, The Promise Remains. They also stated “Thrasher demonstrates a considerable talent for the horror genre” in a review for Isolation years later. His readers have enjoyed the unpredictability of his novels, whether it’s due to a unique style such as second person or a twist they never saw coming.

Thrasher’s storytelling ability has also allowed him to work with others on their books, from musicians like country musician Scotty McCreery and Journey keyboardist Jonathan Cain to the Robertsons of Duck Dynasty. He has also penned novels based on songs such as Paper Angels with Jimmy Wayne and novelizations for films including Do You Believe? and God’s Not Dead 2. Upcoming projects continue to expand his talents, with projects including The Black Auxiliary about the lives of the 17 American black athletes who competed in the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin, and Baby Don’t Hurt Me about comedian Chris Kattan’s life and time on Saturday Night Live.

Travis lives with his wife and three young daughters in the Grand Rapids, Michigan area.

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