My Best Friend Runs Venus by Katrina S. Forest was…okay. And frankly, that’s really just the best way to put it. This book had a rather fascinating premise, that of a somewhat matrix-like world where all of humanity is now living in little pods and controlling robotic bodies across space. Adults, unfortunately, struggle to remain in control of robotic bodies for extended periods of time and therefore spend a lot of time sleeping. Children, however, are able to control their bodies for what seems like an indefinite period of time. Oh, and none of the kids know what death is and their robot bodies can get hacked.
I had a lot of fun reading this book, but I wouldn’t say it was anything amazing. There were some intriguing facets to the whole story, but nothing was really explored in-depth. And, to be fair, this is a children’s novel so perhaps that expectation might have been a bit high. There’s definitely a juvenile feel to the entire book and plot. Even the villain seems rather young minded, despite being an adult. But it was interesting enough to keep me engaged and entertained.
I think the problem I had with My Best Friend Runs Venus really just comes down to the level I felt that I was reading. It seems to be a book for a higher age interest level, but I would probably read this to a younger kid, if I read it to them at all. I really enjoyed the artwork peppered throughout and I adored the premise of the plot. The characters were all okay, barring Princess Nyx who I loved immensely. I also thought she was kind of tragic and didn’t get nearly enough “screen time.”
Overall, it was an enjoyable read, but it was nothing brilliant.
I was provided a free copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.