When I started to read Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, I wasn’t quite sure what I was getting into. I knew it was going to be funny, and I considered it a “classic”, so I decided to bite the bullet and just read it. What follows is a spoiler-free, rather short review. For the people who have read it, they will understand what I’m talking about, and for people who haven’t read it, it serves as a recommendation to a book I really enjoyed.
And I really enjoyed it. There were multiple times when I actually laughed out loud. It was wacky and absurd and didn’t take itself too seriously. The sci-fi elements didn’t really try to explain themselves, make the science “work”, they just said whatever they wanted and expected you to go along for the ride. And I was glad, too.
The characters were fun and interesting, you can tell that they’re not all they appear to be. At first, that was going to be a negative. I wanted to know more about them, to see where they were going to go in the future. And when I was still under the impression that this was a standalone novel, I was upset that I wasn’t going to be able to continue their journey with them. But when I realized there were many more books in the series, it quickly became a positive!
This book is perfect for those who want an easy read, a fun book they can laugh at and not have to take too seriously. It’s a book that many people have read, a classic of the genre. And for people who want to finally start reading classics, this is a great starting point. The language is simple, the plot isn’t too complex, and the characters are charming.
If you would like to see my immediate thoughts post-reading, you can find them on my Goodreads here: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4394688291