R. Hußmann, Thalia-Buchhandlung Bergisch Gladbach
Darius has two main interests: Star Trek and tea. Although he is sure that his love for tea is coming from his mothers' side - his Persian roots - as does his appearance with his curly black hair, tanned skin and brown eyes, Darius never had the feeling that he belonged. Growing up in the US he has never had a lot of friends and often even feels like an outsider in his own family. When his Persian grandfather whom he has never met before falls ill his parents decide to fly to Iran to visit and see him one last time. And this is where the journey begins. As reader you accompany him on his journey not only to another continent, another country, but on a journey that helps him to connect to this Persian roots of his - as well as to his family and to Sohrab, a boy from the neighbourhood. This book is just beautifully written and full bittersweet moments and not only for Star Trek nerds (or nerds in general). It is a joy for anyone who at one point in his or her life felt disconnected in any way.