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IN SPACE EVERYONE CAN HEAR YOU SINGA century ago, the Sentience Wars tore the galaxy apart and nearly ended the entire concept of intelligent space-faring life. In the aftermath, a curious tradition was invented-something to cheer up everyone who was left and bring the shattered worlds together in the spirit of peace, unity, and understanding.Once every cycle, the civilizations gather for the Metagalactic Grand Prix - part gladiatorial contest, part beauty pageant, part concert extravaganza, and part continuation of the wars of the past. Instead of competing in orbital combat, the powerful species that survived face off in a competition of song, dance, or whatever can be physically performed in an intergalactic talent show. The stakes are high for this new game, and everyone is forced to compete.This year, though, humankind has discovered the enormous universe. And while they expected to discover a grand drama of diplomacy, gunships, wormholes, and stoic councils of aliens, they have instead found glitter, lipstick and electric guitars. Mankind will not get to fight for its destiny - they must sing.A one-hit-wonder band of human musicians, dancers and roadies from London - Decibel Jones and the Absolute Zeroes - have been chosen to represent Earth on the greatest stage in the galaxy. And the fate of their species lies in their ability to rock....

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ISBN : 9781472115072
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Number of Pages : 352 pages
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Space Opera Reviews

  • Emily

    Okay, wow. What a book!

    This was such a wonderful, wild ride. Valente's writing is gorgeous, per usual.

    The middle portion of this dragged a bit for me, but I also think this is the kind of book where I'll pick it up to reread those passages that I initially thought of as boring. EVERYTHING in this book feel inventive and fun and silly and gravely serious all at the same time.

    We flip between two stories, so to speak. One is the story of Decibal Jones and the Absolute Zeros, who have been selected

  • Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽

    Update: I dunno, people. I’m having a tough time getting through this book. Its Hitchhiker-type of humor can be very funny, but too often I find it just silly and exhausting. It’s going on hiatus for a week or so; I’m on vacation* and I’ve got lots of other things to read and do rather than force myself to power through to the end of this book.

    * I have three large, tough sons - two in their early twenties and one an older teen - holding down the home fort against any intruders. No lie. So I don’

    Life is beautiful and life is stupid. This is, in fact, widely regarded as a universal rule not less inviolable than the Second Law of Thermodynamics, the Uncertainty Principle, and No Post on Sundays. As long as you keep that in mind, and never give more weight to one than the other, the history of the galaxy is a simple tune with lyrics flashed on-screen and a helpful, friendly bouncing disco ball of all-annihilating flames to help you follow along.
    Stay tuned! ...more

  • Sana

    'How else are you supposed to deal with people who like terrible things? Hit them with a shovel till they stop, that's how. That should be the thirtieth Unkillable Fact, I tell you what.'


    Space Opera is definitely the most bizarre and batshit crazy book I've ever read and I loved every minute of it. Humor combined with social commentary (the objective of which is to way more than just roast but I love that it does roast) combined with all the flaws and a li

    'After fifteen minutes, I actually asked it to kill me, but I was informed that would be nonunion work.'

    'I don't really neat, if you know what I mean. I'm better at mutilate. Or impale.

    The world-building is done equally well. There's a lot of analogies and imagery involved when describing planets and the aliens that live on (and in some cases, in) those planets and as expected, it's all very extra but it also just fits perfectly with everything else going on in the book.

    My favorite part is that Decibel Jones is Pakistani-Nigerian-Welsh-Swedish, how much he loves his Nani (grandmother) and how larger than life and immensely fucked up he is. Oort has his own issues with how everything in life turned out for him, but he remains hardworking, resigned and may just have to do something about his anxiety, again, hundreds of light years away from home. As for Mira, I instantly loved her sobs.

    The story of Decibel Jones and the Absolute Zeroes is teary and heartwarming; it's about their estranged relationship and how they hate each a little bit but also love each other. Really, Space Opera is basically about life and how kindness and accepting the other are the things that count in the end. It's about the bad, the good, the stupid, the ethical, the barbaric and everything in between. It is a concept executed light years away from earth and executed well.

    Favorite quotes: 'After all, you always win against the monsters, even though you're the ones slowly cooking your planet because you can't be bothered not to, butchering one another for fun and profit, making up elaborate stories that start with being calm and treating everyone with kindness and equality but somehow always end with somebody getting enslaved, absolutely obliterating the other species with whom you share a world so you can take a photograph with their corpses or gobble up their best features in hopes of achieving a more satisfying erection, and being generally willing to sell the fleeting, unique, fragile lives of everyone you've ever met if it means you can consume a slightly larger share of resources than they can. '

    'People are mostly happiest when they think they're just about to get the thing they want most.

    Before and after, they're all monsters.'

  • G33z3r

    Sad to say this attempt to become Douglas Adams went awry. It's just not funny enough to make up for its lack of character and story. The "plot" is just too small to hang the book on, so it's been filled with digressions as exposition, trying desperately to be funny though absurdist non-sequiters. (Certainly the Hitchhiker's Guide To the Galaxy, to which the promotional material boldly refers, had its share of such digressions & the absurd, but Adams attached those to a storyline (farcical, ...more

  • Lindsay

    Humorous writing is not for everyone; senses of humor just tend to be too different and/or incompatible. This one hits my sense of humor square on: absurdist, wry and with a core of profundity that works very well with the lush writing that the author has on display elsewhere.

    After the Sentience Wars interstellar civilization has implemented the Metagalactic Grand Prix song contest which all prospective sentient species must compete in and not come last. A new species that comes last is deemed t

  • Veronique


    When I heard that Valente was creating a ‘Eurovision Song Contest’ in space with alien civilisations battling by song, I was totally sold, especially since I’d wanted to read something of hers for ages. The problem you see is that the author had to write it in a humouristic, tongue-in-cheek, tone and I don’t do well with that style. I still read it, enjoyed it to a certain extent, smiled a few times, recognised the writing skill, but never truly connected with the story or characters - and t

  • Maria


  • Lilith Knight

    This sounds fabulous !