Alouette’s Song

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Andrew Fine

The cover of this book is very misleading. The book is more space opera than Jewish love story, though there is plenty of love too. The main characters are a math prodigy, a teen violin star and two average boys who love the girls. Well average if you don’t count one of them being super-wealthy and the other a kind of cosmic light of goodness.
What brings them together is an accident that launches a candlestick holder into space. With the math genius’ help it is as easy to build an entire space ship as another candlestick holder, so they do it. The bad guy, who wants to suppress the technology the human race isn’t read for yet, takes over the first space ship. The final remaining of the four teens on earth is given the second to go rescue them. She is made an agent of the U.S. Marshall’s Service by the President of the United States and told to go stop a guy who has long experience of black ops.

This is in the first third of the book. This is where I need to phrase things carefully. Everyone in the book talks about everything exhaustively. The conversations are exactly what they are, no sub-text, no keeping things back or beating around the bush. It gets tiring to read. There is a good reason for this, as Andrew states in his dedication, he is autistic, the math prodigy in the book is autistic. This is not a bad thing. It just is. People on the autistic spectrum have trouble with the rough and tumble of everyday conversation. Marg talks about it in the book. The problem is that there is too much information for us non-autistic people to manage. I ended up skimming much of the dialogue, hoping I wouldn’t miss anything essential.

I would love to see Andrew team up with an editor to manage the dialogue issue. It makes sense for the autistic character to be autistic, but the whole world talking that way is overwhelming.

Still, I suggest you read the book. It is not just about the dialogue. There are great characters and a fun story in there.

Buy the book here.

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