Aliens in the mirror are closer than they appear. The #1 New York Times–bestselling author of Relic takes readers on an out-of-this-world road trip.
The Sonderberg family does not know it yet, but this is not going to be any ordinary road trip. After they pick up an unassuming hitchhiker, a quiet drive down Interstate 40 becomes a trip into an alternate reality. It turns out the family has just given a ride to an alien who has the fate of the universe resting on her shoulders. Now the Sonderberg family must fight evil alongside their new alien friend, in a desperate attempt to save the world they love.
Picking up a hitchhiker changes the Las Vegas-bound vacation of sporting-goods executive Frank Sonderberg and family into yet another of Foster's ( Into the Out Of ) quests to save the world. Their guest is a slight, lavender-eyed woman called ``Mouse'' who claims to be 4000 years old and is on her way to the Vanishing Point, where she must regulate the spinner that weaves the fabric of existence. If she fails, evil and chaos will reign supreme. The Sonderbergs get a glimpse of the possible result when their mobile home wanders into such alternate worlds as a postholocaust Utah, a fire-and-brimstone burg called ``Hades Junction'' and alien Pass Regulusa glitzy but incomprehensible version of Las Vegas. The noble Sonderbergs are a dull bunch, but Foster keeps this jaunt entertaining with his fantasy exaggerations of road stops at unknown towns, intriguing turnoffs and dubious diners.
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Good solid reading
A very different writer copied by many, well by few.
I have probably read this book 20 or 25 times over the years since it came out and it is still fresh and enjoyable every time. Foster's blend of originality, believable character types and sheer absurdity make for books that not only keep you wishing for more, they also make for many moments where you'll literally laugh out loud. One of the true masters of sci-fi and fantasy.
It would be fantastic if iTunes had a bigger selection of his work and lower prices on older titles. I have many titles in paperback and hardcover but as I have gotten older I have come to appreciate being able to change type size but it is annoying to pay more then the original price of many novels to buy an e copy.