Zita is still far from home, but after saving Scriptorius from an asteroid in the first book Zita the Spacegirl, she is now a galactic hero. Being famous, though, is not all she might have expected. For instance, there are the crowds of jostling alien and robot fans which Zita would rather avoid. Matters only grow worse when an “imprint-o-tron” robot shows up, becomes fixated on Zita, and imitates her identity. Zita meets the look-alike robot and switches places with it so she can enjoy a day of fun with Mouse while her look-alike handles the mob of fans. One hitch in this plan is that the robot wants to become Zita, not just copy her. Consequently, a seemingly innocent deception and excursion leave Zita and Mouse stranded on Scriptorius, and the imposter robot heads off on Zita’s ship with Piper, One, and Strong-Strong to save another planet. In Legends of Zita the Spacegirl by Ben Hatke, Zita is off through space on another dangerous adventure.
Though Zita continues to show good character qualities such as courage and devotion to her friends, her weaknesses outweigh her strengths more in Legends than they did in the first book. Zita’s most common failing is acting on impulse. Her intergalactic adventures began after she thoughtlessly pushed a red button, and her adventures continue after she impetuously decides to swap with a look-alike and then steal a spaceship to chase down her friends. In this way, seemingly innocuous rashness leads Zita into deception and theft. Now, thanks to her thoughtless actions, the public is questioning whether Zita is a hero or a villain, and she is on the run with only Mouse to help her.
Legends of Zita the Spacegirl continues Zita’s story well, with fun characters, exotic settings, and dangers that call for quick thinking and fast acting. The story lacks some of the momentum that the first book had, and Hatke spends less time developing his characters’ personalities, but all in all Legends of Zita the Spacegirl is a good sequel and suggests that the final book will be worth reading as well.