The Intergalactic Adventures of Queen Bea
Jeanne Gransee Barker
Published: 26th January, 2015
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.
“Where are we? What happened? Where’s my backpack?” Bea looked around, trying to focus. Her mind was spinning and her arms and legs felt limp. The pain in her head, however, had subsided to a mild throb, and she was hungry—really hungry—for the first time in weeks. She looked around. Calvin was next to her and there were tubes, like IVs, attached to her arms. What were they doing to her? She began tugging and the tubes easily released, one by one, without pain, revealing no puncture marks.
“Bea, don’t. You’re sick—” Calvin leaned to try to stop her.
“No, it’s okay,” Vaslow said, placing one hand lightly on Calvin’s shoulder. Calvin leaned back as Vaslow reached over and gently released the remaining tubes. “You’re stable. The worst has passed.” He examined her eyes, not with an emotional concern but with a medical cautiousness. Bea shrugged his hand off and scooted back on the bed, out from under the old man’s touch. She looked at Calvin. “Why did you let him do this to me?”
She drew her knees up to her chest and winced as the waistband of her skirt cut into her. “What did you do to my clothes? This is not okay! I want to go home right now! Calvin, how could you just let him do this?” She remembered feeling sick and going into the bathroom at school…and then nothing. She must have passed out, and Calvin just let this crazy old man kidnap her, probably because he wanted another look at the shiny gadgets. The anger swirled in her brain and made it hard to think.
“Calvin did nothing but save your life,” Vaslow said to Bea. “You’ve a lot to process—”
“Process? Process what? Being kidnapped? Drugged?” Bea rubbed her aching arms. “You need to take me home. Now.”
“I’m afraid that’s not possible—” Vaslow began, but Bea didn’t let him finish.
“Take me home. Take me home. Take me home!” Bea squeezed herself into a tight ball and closed her eyes, pressing the hot tears onto her cheeks. Her muscles felt weird and loose. As she moved her arm it felt like she was moving an object not connected to her. What had Calvin let this man do?
“Bea.” Calvin slid in close to her. “I think it’s too late for that.”
“What do you mean too late? I just need—” Calvin put his hand on her chin and turned her face toward the shiny instrument panel next to her. She looked at her reflection and all breath escaped her. “What have you done to me?” She meant to scream the question at Vaslow, but it came out as a raspy whisper. She rubbed at the dark splotches that were now present along her face and neck, trying in vain to wipe them off, but the friction just caused the surrounding skin to redden and sting. It was no use—the marks weren’t going anywhere.
What I liked: While I’m normally leery of sci-fi as it’s not my kinda of reading (some of it can be pretty heavy-handed and I’m not all that great with science) I found this book to be engaging and fun. I really liked Bea, she was just an average girl who felt out of place in the place she called home, and that had more to do with her family than anything. As the story progresses she grows exponentially, becoming stronger and more determined to do what she can. Vaslow was also a fun character and while a bit different from what I was expecting he was a character I enjoyed following when we did. He has a sense of honor and duty to what he believes and does whatever he can to protect Bea, even if he doesn’t always want to. Calvin was a character I wasn’t totally expecting to enjoy but ended up loving. Even though he has a sort of “geeky boy” vibe to him I found him really enjoyable and not over the top with that aspect because there was more to him than meets the eye!
What I didn’t like: There were a few parts that were rushed that I wish had been more drawn out than they were, it would have given it a better feel to those moments. While they were no less engaging, I just thought that it being more fleshed out in those parts would have made it more engaging.
Overall Review: I think the only think I wish about this book is if it hadn’t gone so fast! I sat down, intending to read just a few chapters before doing something and then coming back to it but I ended up getting caught up in the story so that when I reached the end I was completely surprised that I read it in one sitting! It was very engaging to me and I loved seeing how Bea lived from day to day before being dragged into space to face her fate, and seeing her grow as a character as the story moved on.
Recommend?: Very much so! I hope those who like fun, sci-fi adventures enjoy this because I really liked it!
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My Rating: 4.3/5
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About the Author
I discovered science fiction when I was four. My father loved Star Trek, the original series. Every Friday night he’d make a big deal of getting the house quiet so he could hear the TV. The importance of it drew me in. And then I was hooked on other worlds, molecules being scrambled and reformed, and meeting totally logical aliens. As I grew older and continued to watch, I loved the idea that a story could explore our contemporary dilemmas couched in two-tone faces or hidden with green skin. Science fiction was the “gateway genre” that led me to fantasy and paranormal fiction.
I began my first novel at age 12. I still have the ring binder with the hand-written pages of OOTG-1 (that stands for Out of the Galaxy)—the story of the first manned expedition to venture forth beyond our galaxy. Alas, after about thirty pages my hand got tired and the crew never left the Milky Way. But that experience sparked a lifelong love of writing which has continued through my school days to the present.
When I’m not enjoying the alternate universes of my written creations, I live, work, and play Seattle, Washington.
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