Review: Space Case by Stuart Gibbs

space case by stuart gibbs

It’s a murder mystery on the moon in this humorous and suspenseful space adventure from the author of ‘Belly Up’ and ‘Spy School’. Like his fellow lunarnauts — otherwise known as Moonies — living on Moon Base Alpha, twelve-year-old Dashiell Gibson is famous the world over for being one of the first humans to live on the moon. And he’s bored out of his mind. Kids aren’t allowed on the lunar surface, meaning they’re trapped inside the tiny moon base with next to nothing to occupy their time; and the only other kid Dash’s age spends all his time hooked into virtual reality games. Then Moon Base Alpha’s top scientist turns up dead. Dash senses there’s foul play afoot, but no one believes him. Everyone agrees Dr. Holtz went onto the lunar surface without his helmet properly affixed, simple as that. But then Dash learns Dr. Holtz was on the verge of an important new discovery, and it’s a secret that could change everything for the Moonies;a secret someone just might kill to keep…

Description taken from Goodreads.


I loved this story, and really, I only have good things to say about it. I love the way Stuart Gibbs’ writes, and he renews my interest (as I’m sure the reaction will be with other people who read this, no matter what age) in whatever he’s writing about. Gibbs’ SPY SCHOOL books have been phenomenal so far, and the trend continues in SPACE CASE.

SPACE CASE is well written and I really enjoy the amount of humor in this story. While murder mysteries in both YA and Adult genres tend to be serious and full of thrills/shocks/twists/turns/you-get-the-gist, children’s mysteries (murder or not) tends to be childish and often times wayyy too predictable. (But hey, Ron Roy was one of my favorite authors growing up). Gibbs is somewhere in between. His books are in no way serious, but they are extremely well plotted out and a joy to read. What it lacks in straight-up action at times, he makes up for in colorful narration and good humor.

There’s a lot of twists to this story as well, ones that I didn’t see coming. I throughly enjoyed reading this book, and it’s one I will be rereading as well as recommending (mostly to boys ages 11 – 14). If you’re looking for something a little more sophisticated or just a jump off point after this story, I would also recommend Roland Smith’s I, Q. series. Lots of fun, great book. 4.5 stars.

pg count for the ebook: 352

Series: Spy School #3

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