Remarkably Bright Creatures” by Shelby Van Pelt

Review by Yvonne Selander, collection development librarian

I was sold on this book when I found out one of the main characters is an octopus. Octopi (octopuses?) are awesome creatures. I know some people are groaning about having an animal as a main character right about now but this octopus, cranky and aging Marcellus, is intelligent, as his species has been found to be, and it’s not like he speaks. Yeah, sure, he escapes and gets up to shenanigans but it’s a great thing he does because he is the glue of this story and the lives of our main human characters.

Tova works the night shift cleaning the local aquarium and over time makes the unlikeliest of friendships with Marcellus. Marcellus knows things. And as time goes on he knows more things – making connections that his friend cannot. How can he possibly let her know the answers she’s been searching for for so long?

Mystery readers will want to piece the clues together alongside Marcellus. Fans of books with realistic characters will want to delve deeper into the evolution of the main characters, what made them the people they are today. Those that love stories of transformations, especially later in life, will want to sit down with this one. Something for everyone, especially octopus fans!