Russian boy genius Yuri Strelnikov is a 17-year-old with a PhD in Physics. The Americans recruit him when it is discovered that an asteroid is blazing toward Earth on a collision course with California, exactly where NASA has assembled the best and brightest to figure a way out of this deadly impact. Yuri has only a few days to work the math, find a solution, and then convince those much older to accept his anti-matter plan. Oh, he meets a quirky girl along the way. Yuri struggles with culture shock and delights over his first girlfriend all while saving mankind.
What a fun book! Yuri’s voice is deadpan, witty, and humorous, wrangling out a wry smile from me with each chapter. The story moves at a brisk pace and best of all, celebrates intelligence, math, and science! There is a tiny bit of foul language. After all, Yuri learns to swear in America. Highly recommend.
eGalley review Publication date 7.5.16