Friday, October 23, 2015

ROUTE 66 TO THE MILKY WAY #FridayReview 4 of 71

Route 66 to the Milky Way
by Janet Rendall
Everyone is familiar with Route 66, the "Main Street" of America that originally ran from Chicago and Flagstaff to Santa Monica. If you haven’t traveled the route, you probably remember the song, (Get Your Kicks on) Route 66. Either way, you will be learning a lot more about Route 66 in Janet Rendall’s novel Route 66 to the Milky Way. 

Rendall’s novel, part mystery, part Sci-Fi, part love story, tells of two space aliens stuck in our dimension. This is due to a fluke in their technology, far advanced from that of Earth. For the foreseeable future, they are unable to use the space craft to return to their world. How they cope with our society, “pass” as human, and arrive at survival-making decisions are all imaginatively described as the story unfolds. 

It was not difficult to suspend disbelief while reading Route 66 to the Milky Way. Rendall’s words easily drew me into this new world, giving me convincing reasons to accept the plot’s plausibility and the aliens’ struggles to survive. 

I was fascinated by the world Rendall created as seen through the eyes of those who do not take what they observe for granted. Roswell, and Area 51 play their roles; it would have been dereliction of duty had Rendall not included these in her tale. 

The two aliens travel Route 66 in search of the dimensional conduit that would return them to their world. Why they choose Route 66 as their salvation, and how that decision pans out as they drive though towns like Winona and Two Guns, and view billboard ads for Phillips 66 and Burma Shave, is the often-humorous crux of this entertaining novel. 

So pack a lunch, hop on board, and enjoy the ride back to 1949. 


Next up for review is:
Just Kids by Patti Smith



  1. That sounds like a great premise for a book. I love the Route 66 theme of it, too. I don't know much about Route 66, but I've heard about it all my life.

  2. Janet does a great job of drawing the reader into the trip, kind of like the song, "get your kicks on Route 66" for those old enough to remember!


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