Return of Zita the Spacegirl by Ben Hatke

Return of Zita the SpacegirlInformation

Goodreads: Return of Zita the Spacegirl
Series: Zita the Spacegirl #3
Source: Library
Published: 2014


Imprisoned on a planet from which no one has ever escaped, Zita is more determined than ever to find her way back to Earth–and to save it from the villain who wants to destroy its population so his own people can claim it as a home.  But will Zita’s old allies turn against her in her most personal battle yet?


The third Zita the Spacegirl book offers much the same fare as the previous installments, reuniting all the old characters for a battle that this touches Zita personally–the one for Earth.  However, though the threat is real, the story never gets too serious, always providing a bit of humor just when things seem to be getting too dark.  The plot is not particularly original, but the sense of fun makes the story worthwhile.

Most of the characters in this book readers have met before, but the two most interesting new faces include a talking skeleton and a pile of rags that somehow gained life.  They are by far the best part of the story, overshadowing the cliche plotline (alien attacking earth to claim it for his own) and the older characters, who have little new to offer other than the expected reuniting of Piper the con man and his old flame Madrigal.  Without the skeleton and the rag pile, I am not sure I would have felt compelled to read on.

The story reads much as you might expect, with Zita breaking prison to thwart her nemesis.  Not all of the occurrences made a lot of sense and one part even seems to contradict prior happenings, but at this point in the series I no longer expect the plot to be consistent.  I am simply along for the ride, enjoying watching a young girl, brave and full of heart, explore the universe and fight evil.

If another Zita book comes out, I will probably pick it up, but I certainly feel no need to read it immediately.  Waiting for the library to get a copy will not cause me any worry in this case.

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