The Restaurant at the End of the Universe by Douglas Adams
Picking up right after the completion of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, The Restaurant at the End of the Universe continues the story of the mash-up crew of the Heart of Gold. But in this sequel, both the story and the humor are brought up a notch making for a story than the first.
The majority of the story revolves around former President of the Galaxy Zaphod Beeblebox attempting to find out for what reason he stole the Heart of Gold. The a series of misadventures which nearly kills him all the while very hungry, Zaphod learns that it is to find the actually ruler of the Universe. Meanwhile Arthur, Ford, and Trillian just attempt to survive and find out where Zaphod is until he returns to the ship. When the characters arrive at the titular restaurant for Zaphod's long awaited meal, the humor only gets better then suddenly the story is in it's endgame and suddenly the crew is split up with Zaphod & Trillian going in one direction and Arthur & Ford in another.
Unfortunately, the biggest problem with the story was it's ending as Zaphod & Trillian just disappear while Arthur & Ford are stranded on a planet in a long sequence that just ended with a bad joke, or just might have been one, it's hard to say. But apart from the ending, The Restaurant at the End of the Universe was better than it's predecessor.
3 1/2 STARS