Voyage of the Dogs by Greg Van Eekhout

Voyage of the Dogs

This edge-of-your-seat action-packed story is Homeward Bound—set in space!SOS. Laika damaged. Human crew missing.We are the dogs. We are alone.Lopside is a Barkonaut—a specially trained dog who assists human astronauts on missions in space. He and the crew aboard the spaceship Laika are en route to set up an outpost on a distant planet. When the mission takes a disastrous turn, the Barkonauts on board suddenly find themselves completely alone...

Details Voyage of the Dogs

TitleVoyage of the Dogs
Release DateSep 4th, 2018
GenreScience Fiction, Childrens, Middle Grade, Juvenile, Animals, Dogs

Reviews Voyage of the Dogs

  • Eliza Rapsodia
    ARC provided by Edelweiss+ in exchange for an honest reviewREVIEW IN ENGLISHThis is was a fun and sometimes deep and emotional adventure. Lopside is a barkonaut -a dog that has been trained to help and resolve problems on missions in space. He is part of a crew in the spaceship Laika that is going to a distant outpost. But something really bad happen and Lopside and his barkonaut friends: Daisy, Bug and the leader Champion should try to resolve t...
  • Lis Carey
    I'll just say this up front, because I'm one of the people for whom this is important: No dogs die in this book. We do get the story of Laika*, told by one of the dogs to the others so that, at a critical point, they can make an informed choice, but Greg Van Eekhout kills none of his fictional dogs in the course of this story.Lopside, Bug, Daisy, and their pack leader, Golden retriever Champion, are Barkonauts, dogs specially trained and equipped...
  • Charlotte
    If you love dogs and love desperate voyages of a handful of survivors on board a crippled spacecraft who never give up hope but keep on doing their best because they are Good Dogs gosh darn it...and even though I don't care that much for dogs in general I am a sucker for any sort of character who keeps doing all they can for pack and for mission because the alternative, giving up, is not conceivable. These are Good Dogs indeed, and their good dog...
  • Ms. Yingling
    E ARC from Edelweiss PlusThe Laika is on mission Stepping Stone, traveling outside the solar system to set up a new planet. In addition to the human crew, animals, and plants, there are some very loyal dogs, because where there are humans, there HAVE to be dogs! Since the journey is so long, everyone goes into hibernation including our hero, Lopside, Great Dane Daisy, natural leader and captain's assistant Champion, and talented engineer Bug. Lop...
  • Stephanie
    This is a fabulous concept for an MG adventure novel – dogs in space! Companion-dogs forced to rescue themselves when their humans go missing! – and it’s carried off SO well.I actually know Greg, so I already knew that he had dogs of his own, but even if I hadn’t known him beforehand, I would have been certain that he’s a dog-owner just by how fantastically he writes from a dog’s point of view. It is so much fun to watch the barkonaut...
  • Billie
    I need to get over bad or incomplete science in books for middle graders. I mean, this was a good, solid space adventure starring dogs for goodness' sake and all I'm worrying about is who tested all the flora and fauna on Stepping Stone to ensure they were safe to eat. Like, seriously, the stuff on Stepping Stone was maybe 10% of the book and I'm letting it ruin my enjoyment of the whole book. Suspension of disbelief, woman. Suspension. Of. Disbe...
  • Mary Lowd
    This is a perfect book.Addendum a few hours later: I miss reading this book... It was totally absorbing, and if I'd read it when I was twelve, it would have unquestionably been my favorite book.
  • Simone Henderson
    Okay, so I received an advance readers edition of this book for free and am under no obligation so you will hear my unadulterated opinion on it. What interested me the most about reading it is found on the cover, "To boldly go where no dog has gone before." Yup, I'm a Star Trek fan although I do not typically read young adult or kids literature.This book is written primarily for grades 3-7 (ages 8-12) so it's a kids/young adult book. I'm not cert...
  • Rainflight
    This book is amazing, stunning, and altogether the best sci-fi book I have ever read and ever will read.I'm a big fan of dogs- they're the center of my world. Sci-fi? Not so much. I've always been a little iffy on that genre and never really enjoyed any of their movies or books very much (except of course Star Wars). I was thrilled to find that this book pulled it off!This book exceeded my expectations, which were fairly high to begin with, and l...
  • Christina
    Thank you HarperChildrens for the Goodreads Giveaway! What a fun read. I really enjoyed it. The book felt like a version of The Martian but for children and with dogs as the main characters. That was a great mash-up for me! I love space adventures and I love dogs. The dogs personalities and characters were cute and had nice depth for a children's book. I really liked the dogs' relationships with Roro (their handler basically) and how they went in...
  • Patrick
    This is the voyage of the spaceship Laika. Its current mission: to travel to a new world, to survive without human companions and opposable thumbs, to boldly go where no dog has gone before!When the four members of the canine crew of the Laika wake from hibernation to find themselves abandoned by their human counterparts, they know it’s up to them to complete the mission. And good dogs always complete their missions. THE SECRET LIFE OF DOGS mee...
  • LeeAnn
    3.5 stars. It took me a bit to get into this middle grade science fiction story but once I did, I enjoyed it. I think what happened was I was expecting the kind of anthropomorphized dogs you find in many books for young people. Van Eekhout, however, chose to walk a fine line in keeping his dog characters dogs. Highly trained and evolved dogs, but still dogs who sniff butts, like smelly things, and hold to pack loyalty. Plus this is a futuristic s...
  • Melanie Dulaney
    Mix together Star Trek and Lost in Space and liberally sprinkle in “dogs” and you have “Voyage of the Dogs.” A stray named Lopside and three other highly trained canines are the sole survivors of a space expedition gone horribly wrong. Readers won’t be able to read fast enough to find out if these skilled dogs can find the crew of humans that abandoned them or reach the new planet where they were supposed to establish a new colony. Some...
  • Danielle Booey
    The Voyage of the Dogs is a strangely compelling story of intergalactic space exploration and the loyalty of dogs.The last thing that Lopside remembers is getting belly rubs and then falling asleep for the beginning of their 6 month hibernation period before they arrive at their new home across the galaxy. When Lopside, Champion, Bug, and Daisy wake up, however, their spaceship is strangely silent, red lights are flashing, and the human crew is n...
  • P.M.
    Once the cover said "To boldly go where no dog has gone before", I was hooked. A pack of dogs (Lopside, Champion, Bug, and Daisy) is accompanying the human crew on board the Laika to a new planet, Stepping Stone. The dogs awake from hibernation to find the ship damaged and the humans gone. Being good dogs, they band together and find a way to survive. Lopside even finds the one surviving crew member in an asteroid field. I loved this book. The do...
  • Richard Mellinger
    Greg Van Eekhout did a great job with this book. He's a very good boy.I don't read a lot of middle grade, but... dogs in space... I mean, c'mon. I had to.This was well written and had characters that were lovable (not difficult because they are dogs) and relatable (much more impressive). He did a fantastic job of sprinkling in real science and interesting facts among the hand-wavy-almost-science that makes most science fiction work, the latter be...
  • Mattison
    (Spoiler from the author: I don’t kill off any of the dogs in this book. Why not? Because I’m not a monster, that’s why not.)This is a children's book (target age 7-12). My somewhat low rating reflects its lack of cross-over appeal for this adult. I would not want to dissuade anyone from choosing it for a child. Still it is a sweet and uplifting story of four Barkonaut (dogs specially trained for space travel) who awake from cyrosleep to di...
  • Jeffrey Petersen
    What a fun, cute book filled with adventure and heart! I read it to my 6 and 8 year olds over three nights and they always demanded I read another chapter before bed. The dogs are cute and smart and loyal, and there is just enough danger to keep young readers on the edge of their seats without any tears or major upset. Both kids give it their highest recommendation, and I enjoyed reading it to them. Is great for kids and adults.
  • Valerie
    This was an ARE that my daughter's library received. Oh to be young again!!! It is a middle school book but I enjoyed the heck out of it! Lopside goes "boldly where no dog has gone before" as a Barkonaut and he and his fellow Barkonauts are trained to fulfill their mission. This book combines just plain enjoyment with the moral of finishing what you start whether it is successful or not. Kudos to author Greg Van Eekhout -
  • Mariana Calderon
    Voyage of the Dog(go)s is just so delightful and imaginative. Everything from the personalities of the pups to the descriptions of just how they managed to use tools and repair spaceship parts had me suspending all disbelief and just enjoying the ride!
  • LeeAnn
    Fun quick read!
  • Raucous
    These are very good dogs. It was a joy to spend time with them. I'd highly recommend this to any middle school reader with an interest in dogs but it works for adults as well.
  • Kim
    I received an ARC copy of this book. It was a cute middle-grade read, though I still prefer cats!
  • Angie Boyter
    4+, verging on 5. A charming SF book for young people of all ages! Such a wonderful change from the dystopic orientation of most adult fare.