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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
HypnoSnatch is a science fiction space opera written for young adults by author Trisha McNary. It forms the second book in the Xeno Relations series, where a young girl and her psychic cat are adopted as pets by a gigantic alien. Space travel gives our heroine Antaska telepathic powers and a whole host of romantic entanglements, which further complicate matters during the events of HypnoSnatch. Stockholm Syndrome takes over as Antaska continues her journey with her alien abductor and, to make matters worse, one of the Verdant’s hybrid pets goes rogue, creating a reptilian beast with a really bad attitude. The plot thickens with yet more unexpected enemies popping up to whisk the desirable Antaska away, but with her trusty feline at her side, surely all will be well in the end?
Readers of staunch, serious science fiction, look away now. If you’re game for a laugh with this wild, anime-style space opera, then you’ll have a riot of a time with HypnoSnatch. Trisha McNary does a fantastic job of capturing the clout and attitude of the teenage voice, and I think Antaska is a well-crafted and really amusing protagonist for a teenage audience. This novel feels deliberately anti 'deep-and-meaningful,' with hi-jinks at every turn and sudden plot twists that literally come from outer space. I decided that the quality of storytelling was so amusing that I’d treat this book in the fine tradition of sci-fi operas such as Star Trek and Hitchhiker's Guide, and I think this series has a lot of promise to develop to further greatness.