Don't you hate it when you are stuck taking care of some mucky-muck's dog?
....and then it gets eaten by a giant carnivorous plant?
Harry Wilson continues in his scifi version of A Series of Unfortunate Events, where he just tries to do the right thing and everything comes apart around him. Happily, unlike the children in Lemony Snicket's books, Wilson has both wit and the capacity to change his fate.
Also, Scalzi is winning my heart with sly references to other media:
""Is it painful?" the groundskeeper asked. "I am asking for science.""
I thought this was an excellent floating installment, a good place to pick up just one of these stories is the serial without needing to have read all of them.
Read if: You enjoy dry humor and violent foliage.
Skip if: You don't want to get sucked in (harhar) to a series until it's finished.
Also read: More of this series.