top of page

Too Many Interesting Things Are Happening to Ethan Fairmont: An Engaging Sci-Fi Adventure with Heart

5/5 Stars

a sci fi inspired background of splashes of blue, purple and pinks with a black child wearing a red shirt and holding a communication devise to his right ear behind him are his friends.
Book Cover for Too Many Interesting Things are Happening to Ethan Fairmont

In the captivating second installment of the Ethan Fairmont series, "Too Many Interesting Things Are Happening to Ethan Fairmont" by Nick Brooks, readers are immersed in a thrilling journey filled with friendship, adventure, and a touch of sci-fi. As someone who hadn't read the first book, I was pleasantly surprised to find this installment to be a compelling and standalone read.

The story revolves around the life of Ethan Fairmont, a young protagonist whose days are brimming with school, friends, and his inventive spirit. However, his world takes an unexpected turn when a wave of intriguing events floods Ferrous City, bringing forth a group of individuals with questionable intentions toward Ethan's alien friend, Cheese. As Ethan and his loyal companion navigate the challenges of communicating with Cheese while keeping his existence a secret, readers are treated to a thrilling ride filled with suspense and mystery.

One of the standout aspects of the book is the relatability of the characters. Nick Brooks masterfully captures the essence of being a middle-grader, enabling readers to form a deep connection with Ethan and his friends. The story skillfully addresses relevant and sensitive topics such as jealousy, secrets, and teamwork while also introducing historical nuggets about remarkable figures like Katherine Johnson, the human computer at NASA. This inclusion of diverse representation enriches the narrative and creates a more immersive reading experience.

Furthermore, the book successfully explores themes of friendship, social justice, and community. These important messages are seamlessly interwoven into the plot, making the book both entertaining and thought-provoking. Whether you have a passion for inventing, a love for science, or simply enjoy sci-fi adventures, this book is sure to capture your imagination and keep you engrossed from beginning to end.

"Too Many Interesting Things Are Happening to Ethan Fairmont" is an engaging sci-fi adventure with heart that offers both entertainment and a meaningful message. With relatable characters, an intriguing plot, and skillfully incorporated themes, this book is a must-read for young readers and adults alike. I highly recommend it to anyone seeking an adventurous and thought-provoking series that will leave them eagerly anticipating the next installment.

PS: I reviewed this book from Netgalley. The book releases on November 14, 2023, and you can preorder it here


If you enjoyed this book review and will like to know more about new diverse reads across various genres and age groups, sign up for my newsletter, where I share my current reads, what I am writing, and occasional pictures of my cat Octavia (named after the greatest author of all time: Octavia Butler)

1 view0 comments
bottom of page