The Restaurant at the End of the Universe by Douglas Adams

Restaurant at the End of the UniverseFinally, a time-travel book that actually makes sense! (Or at least as much sense as a time travel book can make.)

In this sequel to Douglas Adams’s The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, familiar characters Arthur Dent, Ford Prefect, Zaphod Beeblebrox, Trillian, and Marvin continue their adventures through space, dodging interstellar alien adversaries like Vogons and Frogstar Fighters while hunting down the man who controls the galaxy and striving to discover the meaning of Life, the Universe, and Everything. However, the crew discovers they cannot continue their quest on empty stomachs, so they venture to the five-star restaurant at the end of the universe to witness the greatest show in the galaxy: the apocalypse.

Though not as good as its predecessor, I found this novel very entertaining and quite clever, especially when it came to the concept of time travel and how it was portrayed. However, a lot of the questions that were answered were resolved with such levity that I did not know if that was truly the resolution or if Douglas Adams was just playing a trick on the reader, making it seem like the questions were not answered at all. Since the novel was humorous in general, though, I did not find this a very large problem and still greatly enjoyed the read. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoyed The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, or anyone who enjoys a clever twist on time travel.

Availability: USMAI, COSMOS and SMCM Library
Review Submitted by: Brianna Glase
Rating: Highly Recommended

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