Author: T. Micheal Martin
Genre: Science Fiction
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Publication Date: April 19th 2016
Benji’s lived his whole life in the same sleepy midwestern town—the same town his father grew up in, and his grandfather. But he wants nothing more than to put his past in the rear view mirror as soon as he graduates high school. Benji yearns for a Moment—the Moment that will redeem and transform his ordinary life. The Moment that will propel him into a new, star-bright future. Then one night, the Moment happens: Benji and his tight group of friends—CR, Ellie, and Zeeko—accidentally shoot down a flying saucer in the local quarry. At Benji’s urging, they decide to keep it a secret and solve its mysteries on their own. But as they face threats both earthly and alien and old tensions among the friends surface, Benji begins to question whether this Moment is the miracle he’s always dreamed of—or a curse that could destroy them all. A heart-stopping adventure, a tender romance, a smart exploration of ideas of memory and time—and a fond homage to UFO movies—Mr. Fahrenheit is another stunner from T. Michael Martin.
I liked Mr. Fahrenheit. But it was slow, I read up to 60% before I started to skim and skip a bit. Nothing action-ish or otherwise doesn't happen to the end. A majority of the book is the panic of having shot down an alien space craft, and now stuck with the pod that survived and Benji's weird connection to it. I spent a good chunk of this book hoping an alien was going to pop out, and sighed and frustration when it didn't. Which happened about every five pages.
I did like the characters. They were fun, but they felt two dimensional to me. We knew enough about Benji whose POV the story is told from. But that was it. The group as a whole was a riot together. CJ specifically said the funniest and most quotable things.
I just don't have much to say about this book. It was okay, but I wasn't blown away. If you are questioning whether to read this book or not, I say give it a shot. You have nothing to loose really. I think this book is going to be a hit or miss for people. Sadly despite a cool idea, it was a miss for me.