A note to remember that the version I read of Imminent Danger: And How to Fly Straight Into It is the older version. It is entirely my fault as I bought the version a few years back and never got around to reading it. The author, Michelle Proulx also has a blog in this community and you can find it right HERE. It is actually through a blogger’s book tour a few years back that I found this novel.
Imminent Danger: And How to Fly Straight Into It
by: Michelle Proulx
High school junior Eris Miller thinks she’s having a bad day when her roommate’s boyfriend catches her stepping out of the shower wearing nothing but a towel. Then she gets abducted by scaly six-armed aliens with a strange fondness for the color blue, and her day suddenly gets a whole lot worse…As they race across the galaxy, outrunning a villainous figure from Varrin’s past, Eris begins to realize that their relationship is putting her planet, her life and her heart in imminent danger. She knows that trusting Varrin could prove deadly … but what other choice does she have? – Goodreads
As I slowly fall out of love for the Young Adult genre, there are still charming books with lots of heart that catches my attention. Michelle Proulx constructs her story for Imminent Danger: And How to Fly Straight Into It in a captivating way. There are flaws and that mostly goes to some clunky and/or cheesy dialogue, but the world she imagines in space and the creatures are vivid and brutal and versatile. It is a space that I’d like to visit eventually and kind of envy our main character Eris to have the chance to even though most of the creatures are quite unforgiving, cruel or downright dangerous. She takes the readers on a journey through space with a huge focus on our main three characters here. Most of the novel is watching Eris make her decisions and how she feels about certain situations in a third person perspective and that works fine.
This where I need to talk about Eris. I think its a problem sometimes for my falling out of love with Young Adult thing here and justifies why the dialogue doesn’t work so well as mentioned above. It is because I need to constantly remind myself and forgive the character of Eris that she is only seventeen years old and I’m almost double her age. However, when I do manage to put myself in her shoes, there are quite a few similarities between myself and Eris. Eris isn’t a weak character, just inexperienced and she has very honorable traits despite her naivety. It can all be explained by her youth and lack of real world experiences. Not to mention out of the world experiences. She still has so much to learn and she does because her character development is noticeable throughout the story.
However, the other two characters on this journey are equally notable. While our main male character in this is a little textbook Prince Charming with a twist and his name is Varrin, he does have an endearing character although we don’t really learn a lot about him. He could use a little more knowledge which I’m hoping will be visible in the sequel (which is released). Varrin is a good character mostly because his dialogue is the most fun to read. However, the character with the most charisma has to go to somewhat of a sidekick supporting character Miguri who is this quiet and easily frightened alien species that warrants a lot of our love and even pity because his story is a touching one of how he has ended up all alone.
Overall, Imminent Danger has a few predictable parts but not a lot of young adult books (at least the ones I have read) is about aliens and definitely not touching alien abduction that takes a turn for the abnormal. Space and the worlds Eris and her companions travel to are done well and engaging. It never drags even if the dialogue sometimes emphasis on Eris’s naivety too much, however it does contribute to the fact that I am not the targeted audience anymore. While that is the case, the character development of Eris, Varrin and Miguri are done well enough. I know I talk a lot about self-containment in stories and this one doesn’t have that issue at all. It remains self-contained and hints at a sequel but never leaves us hanging, however I do hope that the sequel will give us a little more on Varrin’s backstory or Miguri and maybe some more planets.