Why did I love this book?
This is an underrated gem of a story with a massive world, heartwarming characters, and a gripping plot spanning 55 novellas. It starts out like an episodic children's book with a trippy premise and colloquial language. Underneath the fun sugarcoating, Applegate tackles deep themes of morality and war. The story evokes strong emotions from laughter to tears, while the characters carve out a special place in your heart. It also contains real futuristic concepts such as bioforming, genetic engineering, simulation hypothesis, and astrobiology.