This is the story of one young boy whose fate was turned towards the extraordinary...thanks to the meddling of his kid sister.
Yes, we all know the tale of old...brothers and sisters just don't get along, and yet deep down (some deeper down than others), they would love each other. They would follow each other to the ends of the earth, having the others back come what may...but what happens AFTER the ends of the earth are reached? What if the trouble extended into the far reaches of the galaxy and beyond? Would that "I'm always here for you" be so easy to extend if circumstances placed you BOTH in life ending danger far beyond our stratosphere with ginormous creatures most belief to be mythical and on the battlefield for the very survival of the universe? Yeah...having second thoughts there, now aren't you.
Stan and Poppy were quite the little duo. Seemingly your average brother and sister, only to be revealed as the potential defender of our species and keepers of the particle of light, respectively. Talk about having to grow up quick! I love how honest Stan's reaction to the whole debacle was. He was more worried about his place in things than the well being of his sister...AT FIRST. Don't get me wrong, we want him to care more about her, but given the circumstances, it felt more like what a kid would do in a snap decision scenario. He never intended to leave her to her own devices, nor would he abandon her in deep space (not that she couldn't handle herself...she's a smart cookie!), but he like anyone else wanted a little "me" time, a bit of the spotlight to shine on him. I applaud his growth over the course of the story, as well as his determination to see things through, come what may. Poppy, on the other hand, was quite the SURPRISE! Who'd have thought the precocious tyke could hold the dragon version of Hades at bay? Right?! I mean, talk about a powerful little "princess"! Her rash decisions get her both IN and OUT of trouble, but she always acts with kindness at heart.
Aside from our little leading humans, we have the GREAT AND MIGHTY SPACE DRAGONS! No, really...they are dragons in space, but not really our space because they are outside our dimension where time doesn't reach and...I'm getting ahead of myself. Suffice it to say, they are awesome...and in the story, the reptilian equivalent to the gods and goddess of Greek Mythology, so yeah...can we say future interests/reading options for the kiddos? Exactly. Don't you just LOVE a story that follows you off the page? Anywho...these dragons are rather impressive, but they have issues just like us wee humans. Family squabbles, inability to see eye to eye, jealously, indecision, and the like...thank goodness our man Stan is around to crack the proverbial whip and get these guys back into shape to safe both their own kind and ours!
In the end, is it too cliche to say it was definitely an out of this world adventure? Okay well then let me say that although it's high flying, space soaring "fun" (meaning cool yet dangerous! ), it also reminds us to hold close the ones we love even, if they drive us a bit batty at times.