Remarkably Bright CreaturesRemarkably Bright Creatures by Shelby Van Pelt
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Plot. Tova is a 70+-year-old recent widow, a gentle soul with a heart of gold. Although finances are not a problem, Tova gets a part-time job in maintenance at the local aquarium, mopping floors, cleaning glass, etc., because it is ‘something to do’. Tova talks to the creatures – they are her friends. One animal understands every word: a giant Pacific octopus named Marcellus. Tova and Marcellus become friends – and together solve a mystery.

Liked. A lovely story of friendship and newly discovered familial relationships. Narration is great. Production is fine. No sex, no objectionable language, a squeaky clean read you may gift anyone – might consider Remarkably Bright Creatures a YA.

Not so hot. The author made a mistake conveying the age of Cameron as 30+ years old with behavior that of a typically self-centered teenager; impulsive and stupid decisions are his forte. It appears the author had trouble with the age of the character fitting the storyline – it shows. Bumped the speed to 1.4 – it’s a bit slow for my taste, not really criticism.

Written by Shelby Van Pelt, narrated by Marin Ireland and Michael Urie, 11+ hours of listening in unabridged audiobook format, and released in May 2022 by HarperAudio.

Not deep, not intended to be – just a delightful SciFi.


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