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Julia's House Moves On: 10/23/20

Julia's House Moves On

Julia's House Moves On by Ben Hatke is the sequel to Julia's House for Lost Creatures (2014). Julia and her guests have made a comfortable life for themselves in their seaside home. Things change, though, when the house becomes restless and decides it's time to move.

To her credit, Julia does recognize the house's restlessness and she does start to put a plan in place to move everyone and the house. Unfortunately, she's probably too thorough and methodical for the house. Whether by design for cosmic coincidence, the house takes off before anyone is ready.

The house riding into the sea on the back of a turtle while an amorous turtle looks on from the horizon.

The remainder of the book is Julia's frantic attempts to save the house from its unprecedented journey. Her adventure while going from bad to worse to completely hopeless, also puts this book on the road narrative spectrum.

Chart showing the progression on the road narrative spectrum between the two books

The original book and this book share a route, offroad (66). But the travelers and the destination are different. While the first volume had the marginalized (aka "lost creatures") as traveler, this volume sees them all come together as a family (33) of travelers. Their destination changes too, from home (66) to utopia (FF), because it is the house essentially that is picking the new location, and thus is unknown to them. Put all together, the series progresses from marginalized travelers traveling to home via an offroad route (666666) to a found family traveling to utopia via an offroad route (33FF66).

Five stars

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