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A thrilling, original novel based on Netflix's smash hit Lost in Space! Perfect for fans eagerly awaiting season two, this all-new story focuses on 11-year-old Will Robinson and his closest friend and greatest protector - a mysterious robot with a dangerous past.

Thirty years in the future, Earth has become increasingly more uninhabitable, and a group of colonists - including Will, his two teenage sisters, and their parents - travels across the galaxy to establish a new home. But when the ship is attacked, the Robinsons are stranded on an alien planet where they must contend with disastrous technical issues, a hostile environment, and dangerous personalities to get off world and reach their colony.

One day, while exploring a remote complex of caves with his robot, Will discovers a strange portal that allows him to travel back to Earth - to a time before the Robinsons left on their mission. Realizing the portal could be a way for the colonists to escape the planet and finally make their way to their new home, Will and his sisters decide to investigate it, triggering a series of events that not only changes their reality, but threatens the group's very existence. With the beings who created the portal in pursuit, Will must find a way to right the wrongs of the past and save his family's future.

©2019 Kevin Emerson (P)2019 Hachette Audio

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Pretty good story; some of the dialog is extremely juvenile, but the main characters ARE kids, and I believe the primary target audience is kids, so I suppose that's expected.
The Time Aliens arc is also extremely weird, and felt a little out of place even for this sci-fi story. I personally just felt like they didn't fit with the Lost in Space world. It felt like we were verging on Marvel territory, which I've had quite enough of, so that could play a part in my dislike of that part.
Overall, I think it was a cute story add-on to the tv show; definitely something to read if you've just finished the show and still long for more Lost in Space, as was the reason I chose to listen to this, lol. The author got all the characters' personalities spot on, and it's extra cute that Maxwell Jenkins narrated it.

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Worth it for my fam

I have a 7 and 9 year old and I want something to listen to with them that I can enjoy as well. I am a science lover and want to have as many influences as possible nudge my kids in that direction. It takes good storytelling like this to help that interest-building along. Also, I want to start getting into more thrilling storytelling without the story going overboard into full adult language and action. This does it well. I love the attention given to time as a major story element, and the playing with the timeline was explosive in their brain. It was well explained and very followable for listeners who might be encountering those concepts for the first time. Fun for all ages regardless.

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This is Awesome!! Can’t wait for the 2nd Book

It’s fun to listen because the Narrator was Maxwell Jenkins it’s like wtf? it’s freaking Will Robinson telling you their story. 😂😊❤️ i really love the Robinson’s Family and the squad, Lost In Space was the best show ever, of course there's Stranger Things but this series shows how really Family is! and i freaking love it and also the Chicken omg <3

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A "Cursed Child" of Lost in Space cannon

I had a lot of expectations given the quality of the show itself, but this seems like a fan fiction instead of a part of much more compelling cannon. The performance by Maxwell Jenkins was great and I consider it to be the best part of the experience.

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Very good story, very good performance

A story accompanying the Netflix original Lost in Space is totally appreciated. I very much enjoyed the story, and the performance by Maxwell Jenkins provided the empathy and sympathy that the story brought forward a few times I could feel my tears well up. Thank you Kevin and Maxwell for a great four hour listen.

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  • 07-11-21

Very entertaining story.

Well read by Max Jenkins (Will Robinson) Enjoyed listening to new adventure about Will and the robot with the characters from the TV series in mind; interesting story about fixing time travel actions of a member of Robinson Family.

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  • 11-30-19

wibbly wobbly timey wimey.... stuff

This was a very fun read. It had everything I want in a great sci-fi story.

I was a little cautious about expecting too much in terms of narration, since the reader is so young, (the reader plays Will Robinson in the TV series). But I needn't be concerned. He read better than a lot of adult professionals I've heard reading audiobooks. So I have no complaints there.

I only wished it were a little longer, since I prefer, and I am used to, listening to longer stories on here.
But then again, I think it was just about the right length for the story. Any longer and it might have felt drawn out unnecessarily.

I really enjoyed this, and I hope they consider writing more Lost In Space audio stories in the future.

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  • 01-15-20

Good for scratching the Lost in Space itch but not much else

The plot of Lost in Space: Return to Yesterday is decent (I appreciated how it seems to draw inspiration from the 1960s series) but the way it is written is not engaging—Emerson employs a great deal of telling instead of showing and writes in a style reminiscent of a “and then… and then… and then” structure. Jenkins’ performance is quality, however. He speaks with an air of excitability and does not bore the listener.

All in all, this audiobook is okay and the way it’s written will likely not matter to people looking for something to scratch their Lost in Space itch while waiting for the next season, which is probably the only reason someone will pick up this audiobook—to scratch that itch. The writing, therefore, won’t matter to most people.