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Jinthushan, Chobham Academy Book Group

Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth

This book is a very good book for those who are younger than the average age of Carnegie Book readers. It was very laid back and allowed me as the reader to take a break from tense books. Reality can be a daunting thought and the author has abstained from reality from this book which I find rather relaxing.

I loved the list of the Ten Wonders of Earth that Sputnik came up with as it made me as a reader realise that everything in that list is something that we take for granted (like remote controls) yet they are fascinating wonders!

However the characters did not grip me; I understand that this has been purposefully done by the author in order to keep the theme as more of an exciting adventure than a gripping novel but the author could have done more to make the reader develop emotions in the reader - a person in my group said that she felt guilty not feeling sorry for Prez being from the Temporary and being an orphan - this is something that I did not take on board as the author did a very good job of concealing reality to the reader. However this point made me realise that the book was slightly too laid back.

Therefore I give this book a 6.5/10 simply because the book is more of a younger person's read than an young adult/adult read which is what the Carnegie book awards are for. The book for a younger child's perspective however would achieve a higher rating.

Posted on: 28th April 2017 at 09:27 pm

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