I wasn’t too far into the novel Trespassers and it suddenly dawned on me that it had the same light-hearted feel as The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy. If you enjoyed that novel, then this novel is for you.
Set in and around Muncie, Indiana the story unfolds as a group of alien hunters seeks to stop a trespassing intergalactic transport. In so doing, they come to realize that there were travelers on the transport other than the pilot who managed to ditch into the surrounding area. From there, the hunt is on for the group – the leader, Stewart; Mindy – on the job for only her second day, Web the tech specialist and the muscle, known as “the New Guy”.
Meanwhile, the trespassers are on their own mission. They have come to retrieve a researcher whose message was delayed and has been waiting 8 months for retrieval. This team is led by Dexim, his sister Lyntic who is a co-leader, Tobi the tech specialist and Jin – a combination of brain and muscle.
The researcher, Sara, in order to protect both the findings of her research and herself from enemy forces, has erased her memory. She has done so with the understanding that she would only be waiting a week for retrieval. During her 8 month sojourn, she had created a life for herself and met others on the way that would help her.
The last player is Karl Bruner. He is an alien hunter out to prove the existence of aliens and being thwarted by both personal and professional dilemmas. During the course of unfolding events, all paths will cross, some in very surprising ways.
I absolutely loved this book. I was disappointed when it ended and hope for further adventures. Unlike so many science fiction books, there is not the dark heaviness that often accompanies stories in this genre. There is a light feeling, humor and even some intergalactic love stories. For people who are not normally sci-fi readers, this is a wonderful book to dip a toe into the water. I think this book is appropriate for young adults right up to older adult readers. There is something for everyone to enjoy here.
I am working on a goal to read at least one novel set in every one of the 50 United States. If this is an interest or goal for you, then you can check Indiana off your list with this book and have a rollicking good time in the process.