Book Review : Date Night On Union Station
EarthCent Ambassador #1
By E. M. Foner
Kelly Frank is EarthCent’s top diplomat on Union Station, but her job description has always been a bit vague. When she receives a gift subscription to the dating service that’s rumored to be powered by the same benevolent artificial intelligence that runs the huge station, Kelly decides to swallow her pride and give it a shot. But as her dates go from bad to worse, she can only hope that the supposedly omniscient AI is planning a happy ending.(Courtesy of goodreads.com)
Adult Point of View
Date Night On Union Station had me laughing the whole time. Though I would classify it as science fiction, the science is light and focuses more on the antics of the character’s lives. Foner is very clever and I would like to see what he will do in future series. The glib lines, omniscient presence and quick sporadic inventiveness remind me of Larklight, the steampunk series for young adults written by Philip Reeve. The content is completely different, and Date Night On Union Station is written for adults. It’s a clean book, though there are some mature innuendos.
One warning I would issue would be, ignore the cover! The book is much better than the cover would indicate.
The book switches between Kelly’s point of view and Joe’s experiences. They both have received a dating service subscription, where the promotion claims “We know you better than you know yourself.” Kelly’s infamous dates lead to sticky problems to solve in her job, but she is compensated with promotions. However, there is a technicality that she has to pay for the expenses solving the problems and she continues to have a decrease in pay with each promotion. At one point she says that she cannot accept another promotion if it will cut into her pay more deeply, but she is informed she cannot refuse the new position. Such is life at Union Station.
Joe has equally dismal results. My favorite is when he notices a clause for a “sacrificial king” which quite put off the Queen, his date. Joe has changed his mercenary ways to care for Paul, an orphan, and as the owner of a junkyard. Joe easily gets hustled by the little flower girls and Jeeves, the A.I. robot, gets under his skin with his snide remarks. Joe really was hoping this dating service would have some good results.
If you’re ready for something fun, light and set in space this is the right book for you.
I had to bump it up to 4 stars because this book is so clever. I’ve thought about funny situations off and on for months. It’s the perfect book to read when you need to find a good laugh!
4.5 out of 5 stars
If you enjoyed this book try The Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger, Larklight by Phillip Reeve, Cinder by Marissa Meyer and Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson.
Whoo hoo! The author has informed me he has new covers for this series!!!!