1 The Mickey Mindset: Book Review: Space Mountain

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Book Review: Space Mountain

Mitchell Stein- Bryan Q. Miller (Smallville, Arrow) teams up with illustrator Kelly Jones to create Disney Comics' latest graphic novel, Space Mountain, an all-new exciting novel written by Bryan Q. Miller and based on an idea by Michael Siglain.  The novel is absoloutley wonderful. It takes readers on a fantastic time-travel journey, inspired by the Tomorrowland attractions found in all of the Disney Parks.

Space Mountain is set in the year of 2125, it follows the story of two young cadets from the Magellan Science Academy who have won a free once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to join a team of space explorers on a time-travel mission twenty four hours into the future.
When an unknown probe goes into launch during their exploration, they must try to find the probe lost between time and space in order to save the entire galaxy from being destroyed. Through time-travel plots and paradoxes, this book turns the iconic Tomorrowland attractions and turns them into a fun, suspenseful novel filled with action and mystery. It's an all-around great book. Probably one of the best I've read from Disney in over a year.

Although Space Mountain has the title honor, the story is rather focused more on other elements that the iconic attraction, and also briefly features cameos and mentions from other characters and attractions in the Tomorrowland area. This is in no way a bad aspect to the book, it's fully entertaining with a deep story-plot. I wouldn't be surprised if this novel is the inspiration for a Space Mountain movie a few years down the road, and I hope we can expect more books in this line of genres. Could this also quite possibly be a tie-in to Disney's 2015 film Tomorrowland? Not much is currently known about that film, except for the fans who played in Disney's summer alternate-reality-game "The Optimist" which seems to be acting as some sort of tie-in to the movie. Speculations say the story to include Nikola Tesla as a big player in the story, and Disney Publishing released Tesla's attic a month ago. At this point, anything is possible.

I had a lot of fun reading this book. It's funny, exciting, and to be honest, I'm already sold on anything that has time-travel. I'm also an especially big fan of the attraction in Walt Disney World (I'm sure to ride it at least a dozen times each visit) so that was definetley a large bonus. There's also a moment in the book which I'm sure was meant to be a reference to Disneyland Paris' Space Mountain: Mission Two. 

The novel leaves us on a rather large cliffhanger which will be continued in the next novel of the series, Return to Space Mountain, which I hope is almost ready to be released soon. Great job to Disney Comics on this one! I'm hungry for more.

Space Mountain is now available on Amazon and wherever books are sold 

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