Exidon: The New Captain
D. A. Workman, author
When the world around you seems to be full of people that don’t understand or appreciate who you are, including your own family, what’s a girl to do? Fly away in her very own spaceship to another planet, of course! Sally is just entering high school. She is obsessed with aliens and space and repeatedly dreams of owning her own spaceship. As the years progress, she feels put-upon by her parents who don’t seem to understand or appreciate her, and the boys at school, including her own boyfriend, who only have one thing on their minds and, unlike Sally, it sure isn’t outer space! Hoping to become more popular, she continually changes to please others, but still can’t find the happiness and acceptance she craves. At the beginning of her last year of school, Sally’s best friend, Jill, is abducted by the Greys, small aliens with spindly limbs and oversized heads. Shortly after Jill is returned, she remembers her encounter with the Greys and decides to leave town to avoid being abducted again. Jill has Sally accompany her to the inter-city bus terminal, where Jill recognizes and points out a woman with flaming, red hair that she is certain she saw on the Greys’ alien ship during her abduction. Sally feels despondent without her only friend, whom she never hears from again, until she meets the man of her dreams—or so she thinks. After a whirlwind romance with her new boyfriend, Nick, Sally finds herself unexpectedly pregnant, engaged, and dropping out of high school to move out to the country with Nick. On her first day in the country house, she finds her next-door neighbor is the same woman with the flaming, red hair. As her relationship with Nick deteriorates, Sally runs to the forest after a particularly brutal fight and hits her head on a rock when she is startled by bright lights shining above her. When she awakens, she finds herself on a space station on the far side of the Moon and the spaceship of her dreams, The Exidon, is waiting. What will Sally do next?