Louise Armstrong Holliday is the last person on Earth you’d expect to save the human race. But when she uncovers proof that her boss is an alien the color of lime jelly gone horribly wrong, and is at the center of a plot to destroy humanity, Louie decides to do exactly that. She begins a journey from her company’s suburbanSeattleoffice park to the old cities and castles ofEastern Europe. Along the way, Louie is attacked by flying books, overly-sensitive bat-crow monsters, and her own self-doubts. She must learn the truth about her closest friend, stand up to her boss, confront her oldest enemy, and make peace with her Aunt Emma, who annoys her in the way only true family can. She also has to rely on Buddy, the little blind mini-Schnauzer who saves her life twice – and really is from Mars.
Did you ever wonder where dogs came from? Well, this novel will answer that and many more interesting questions. Louise Armstrong Holliday (Louie) loves animals, especially her dog Buddy and her two cats, Thing One and Thing Two. She works for a company in Seattle which makes cheap gadgets that are sold on late night television. But one day she discovers that her boss is an alien and it is up to her to save the human race. She doesn’t even think that humans are worth saving, but there it is.
Elizabeth Fountain has written an unbelievably clever, witty, tongue-in-cheek novel with some truly marvelous characters. Louie is a complex character who searches for a sense of belonging, something that many of us can relate to. She has no memories of her life before the age of twelve. Why? The answer is finally revealed but not until a series of “absurd and nearly impossible things” happen to her. Fountain has given us characters we can believe in, even when the events are out of the ordinary to say the least. Old movies, fairy tales, children’s stories, television shows, and more all make cameo appearances in this wild romp through alien activities on Earth.
Occasionally the shifts in perspectives and time are a bit abrupt, but soon the reader is caught up in the action so completely that even the shifts seem normal and expected. The descriptions of Seattle and Prague are excellent and really make the story seem possible. I sympathized with Louie as she tries to figure out whom she can trust and where truth or sanity resides.
This is a fast-paced, humorous, and exciting look at our world from a very different point of view. I can recommend it to any lovers of science fiction.