The protagonist of Life in Outer Space is sixteen-year-old Sam, who goes to a typical Australian high school – along with his bullies – with his three best friends, and spends his nights watching old Hollywood horror films and writing his own screenplay. His most current screenplay is Killer Cats from the Third Moon of Jupiter (which I low-key want to watch).
Sam quickly became one of my favourite YA protagonists: he is apathetic about a lot in his life – he just wants to fast-forward through the next 20 years of his life till he’s successful – but he clearly cares from his mother and friends. He’s a realistic Australian boy, who plays video games, watches bad movies, and drinks way too many energy drinks.
The supporting characters were just as amazing as Sam, especially his best friends Mike, Adrian and Allison. Mike is gay – just recently out – and doesn’t deal with emotions much; in fact, Sam is the only one who’s able to read him. Sam’s relationship with Mike was one of the sweetest I’ve come across in YA fiction – we really need more supportive friendships between boys. Adrian was hilarious and I kind of wanted to give him a hug? He’s not taken seriously by many people, including his friends at times, but he made me laugh the entire time he was on the page. Allison was a lovely character, but not given as much page time as Mike, although I quite liked her – she was quiet, but strong, too.
One of my favourite characters, however, was Camilla, the new girl at school whom Sam falls for – although it takes him a while to figure that out. Camilla was wild and intelligent, and genuinely amazing. She is friendly with everyone but doesn’t make strong bonds, because of how often her and her father move around. I adored her friendship with Sam, how different they were but similar as well. They really complement one another, and I shipped them from their very first interaction. Sam and Camilla’s friendship and potential romance was incredibly sweet, but awkward – in the cutest of ways.
The plot was out of this world … see what I did there? Anyway, the storyline followed naturally, and was equally entertaining. There wasn’t one moment where the story dragged – in fact, I found myself flipping through the pages quickly, desperate to find out what would happen next.
Life in Outer Space by Melissa Keil is a book that needs to be on your TBR as soon as possible. If you’re a nerd like me, you will relate to everything in the book!