Geekarella by Ashley Poston
Genre: contemporary, comedy, science fiction
Publisher: Quirk Books
Date: April 4, 2017
Reviewed by: Lori Twichell
Fiction Addict Scorecard: B
Okay so I need to start this review by saying that I’ve labeled the book as science fiction, but it really isn’t. It’s a contemporary rom-com but science fiction plays such a big part in this book that it almost needs to be its own character. So if you love science fiction, pay close attention to this one.
Elle Wittimer loves Starfield. It’s because of this classic series (think Firefly, Farscape, Stargate, BSG) that her own parents got together. In fact, her father started the official convention based around the show. Except that her father isn’t around anymore. She only has her step-mother and step-sisters and none of them care at all about this show or anything to do with it. Nerdy geeks are the lowest of the low in this society. So Elle keeps her passion (obsession?) close to her heart.
When the news breaks that the long ago canceled show is about to be made into a film, Elle is excited, nervous, and hesitant. Teen heartthrob Darien Freeman is NOT the kind of actor who should be playing the lead in ‘her’ show. And she sets out to make sure everyone knows it. Her blog post about his casting goes viral and with a crazy series of misadventures, Darien ends up calling her on the phone. Except she doesn’t know it’s Darien. And Darien has no clue who she is except a girl on the other end of the phone. And she’s someone that, not knowing who he is, has no expectations about him. So he starts texting her. And soon a friendship develops.
Based in the crazy over the top world of science fiction fans, Geekarella is a fabulous new spin on a classic fairy tale. Except instead of a grand ball, there’s a convention with a cosplay (costume dress up like your favorite characters) contest and a grand cosplay ball.
I initially grabbed this book because of the science fiction cross over with acting and film production. That’s a book pretty much custom written for me since I work in film and television and some of those connections came through fandom.
I loved Geekarella. It was a great, fun read with lots of laughs and adventure. I was impressed with the world building around the program and how well the author handled it. She definitely understands fandom and more than that, science fiction television fandom.
If you have ever fangirled over any show or movie, you’re going to love this fun little glimpse into the geeky sci-fi world that Ashley Poston created. I’m looking forward to seeing what she has in her imagination for her next outing!