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Madeleine, Chobham Academy Book Group

Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth

This book is about a boy named Prez, who lives at the temporary. He goes to live with a family on a farm, and that’s when his life starts to change. I enjoyed this book because there was always something ridiculous and funny about to happen, but I also found it a bit weird. I felt that the book was also quite emotional, because Prez has to actually deal with a lot of really hard things, such as having to look after his Grandad, who has dementia, and being moved around a lot.

I thought that Sputnik was not a very believable character and I didn’t really like him. He really annoyed me because he had a habit of doing the most irrational and irresponsible things, that almost always get blamed on Prez, but actually turn out alright. This is really infuriating because this would never happen. I also thought that none of the characters really developed through the book.

I didn’t really get the beginning, because the first chapter seemed to be set after everything that happened in the story, and it didn’t really make sense. The rest of the plot was okay, and most of it seemed to make sense.

Although I do not normally enjoy science fiction, the book was an exception. I enjoyed most of the humour and adventure in it, but the concept was a bit silly. I think the emotional message could have been written about more sensitively, as it would have added a bit more to the story and made it more powerful. I would give this a 5/10 because it was quite funny, but the characters were not developed throughout the story.

Posted on: 24th April 2017 at 10:00 am

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