This book is a bit nuts. It’s guessable from the blurb I suppose: it’s called a cult classic. Most things with cult followings tend to be odd, eg. The Rocky Horror Picture Show.
Anyway, this book follows the adventures of unlucky Arthur Dent. His house gets buldozed while he’s in the pub, then his planet is demolished, wiped from the universe. Lucky for him, one of only two human survivors, his friend Ford Prefect isn’t from earth at all- he is a stranded space hitch-hiker. Ford and Arthur manage to survive the end of the world and go on to have a strange journey through space.
It’s funny how Arthur reacts to his best friend being an alien, and to the concept of other worlds being out there. Plus it’s slightly pretty cool idea, that there are loads of other planets just waiting for us to get to grips with space travel so we can contact them.
I’d like to read the rest of the series.