Tuesday, April 16, 2013

You'll Like it Here (Everybody Does) by Ruth White

As a young child Meggie was traumatized by a man who broke into her classroom with a gun claiming that there were aliens in the room.  Her family moved across the country and have been living happily in a small town in the south.  But when certain members of the town begin to talk about aliens living amongst them and a mob forms, the family is forced to move again since they actually are aliens.  Meggie's mom and grandfather only know a bit about operating their spacecraft so the family ends up on a planet that looks very much like Earth but has an alternate history.  Everyone in their town does whatever the Fathers prescribe and standing out in any way is a crime.  Meggie and her family try to fit in but they are unhappy with their new home.  With her mom and grandfather forced to work all day, every day Meggie decides to try to understand the manual for her spacecraft herself.  And with members of the family attracting more attention for their unique behavior each day, it seems like they might need to use their ship sometime soon...  This is obviously intended to be a dystopia in the vein of 1984 for an upper elementary age.  Perhaps for that age group this would be thought-provoking but I was not impressed.  The writing was pedestrian and I didn't care much about any of the characters.