"A light space comedy laced with witty dialogue." — KIRKUS
"A hilariously absurd comic." — SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL
"Breezy, satisfying science fiction." — FOREWORD
Earth has exploded! Here’s what happens next.
When planet Earth just kind of blows up without warning, 13-year-old Kay becomes the world's youngest chunk of space debris. She's inadvertently rescued from the vacuum by Arizona, an alien space-waste collector, and Euclid, his erudite cybernetic pet, and from there this unlikely trio blasts off for the most outlandish, hilarious, and occasionally bureaucratic adventure of their lives!
As Arizona tries to keep their ship on course and show Kay the ways of the wider universe, her new role as Earth’s sole survivor slowly comes into focus through each increasingly silly stop on their wild intergalactic road trip. The fledgling team is on a search for the next big score and a loose concept called “home,” both answered by the eternal question: “Where to next?”
"Offers unexpected weight and meaning." — BOOKLIST
"Young readers are sure to gravitate to the promise of extraterrestrial adventure, but don’t be surprised if grownups latch on to this gentle lesson on surviving trauma and finding one’s chosen family." — THE BULLETIN OF THE CENTER FOR CHILDREN'S BOOKS
"Though the plot is episodic, it's tied together thematically with a critique of overconsumption, including how Earth's waste pollutes beyond terra firma. . . . A light space comedy laced with witty dialogue." — KIRKUS
"A hilariously absurd comic about the wanderings of 13-year-old Kay, the only survivor, who is rescued by a space trashpicker and his three-eyed cybernetic pet." — SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL
"With laughs aplenty and a universe full of crazy situations, Softies is breezy, satisfying science fiction." — FOREWORD
"Smeallie evokes quick comic beats to amplify humorous images and witty banter." — PUBLISHERS WEEKLY