June 17, 2015
The Intergalactic Adventures of Queen Bea, by Jeanne Gransee Barker
On the eve of Bea Parker’s fifteenth birthday, an alien device shows up in her room promising answers about her shadowed past. Figuring it out takes her on a heart-pounding adventure across light-years to meet her destiny. Everything Bea had ever known was a lie. Now she must find the courage to face the truth and save not only herself—but an entire planet. At almost 15, late-bloomer Bea Parker has just discovered that her aunt, uncle and cousins—the only family she’s ever known—aren’t actually related to her and don’t know anything about her birth parents. A strange, high-tech device shows up in her room in the middle of the night with a note promising answers about her shadowed past. The only person she can turn to for help is Calvin, school genius—and total nerd. This alien technology leads Bea and Calvin on a heart-pounding adventure across lightyears leaving behind Earth, and everything she knows, to meet her destiny.
I enjoyed The Intergalactic Adventures of Queen Bea (IAQB). Some people will go on about how books have to mean this or that; or you have to glean something. Sometimes we just want a fast, fun read. I consider IAQB to be a “bubblegum sci-fi” story. There aren’t deep ideas I needed to fathom. The author moves the protagonist from one goal to the next. The linear story doesn’t require rereading, you just keep reading until the end of the chapter.
Now, normally I only read for about two hours before bed. On the first night, I read for three. Each chapter ended in a cliffhanger, and the last sentence of each chapter demanded I swipe to the next to follow the adventure. I finished up the book after getting home from work, and like a few other books I’ve read lately, I found myself thinking about the story while I wasn’t reading it.
IAQB is a fun read, and I look forward to the sequel so I can turn off my brain and just read.
Jeanne Gransee Barker is a West Coast fiction writer. She is the author of the science fiction, action-adventure The Intergalactic Adventures of Queen Bea. Jeanne has lived in a number of US cities, including Chicago, DC, and Charlotte, NC before calling Seattle home. She has been supporting her writing lifestyle as a graphic designer since graduating from North Carolina State University. While there, she studied with a number of wonderful southern writers. She will try any creative endeavor to keep the muse entertained and the imagination coffers full. As a result characters often show up on her long walks with her dog, giving their two cents on the story’s next twist. She has no shortage of interesting protagonists pestering her to tell their tale.