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Millie Pratley, Cokethorpe School

Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth

Exhilarating, interesting and extremely hilarious; "Sputnik’s Guide To Life on Earth" by Frank Cottrell Boyce is sure to have you addicted! It’s enriching storyline, lovable characters and fantastic humour all cumulates together to create a truly magnificent read. Though quite juvenile and repetitive at times, it kept me wanting to read throughout the whole book and made me burst out with laughter at some points!
When I first picked up this book, I looked at the cover and blurb and smiled, thinking to myself, ‘This is going to be excellent.’ The fact that I had never explored this genre and my everlasting love of the supernatural intrigued me, also.
As a character, Prez interested me. For a main character, he is fairly ordinary, which I liked. I, personally, am not the biggest fan of ‘over the top’ main characters with all of these show off powers and depressing backstories. Frank Cottrell Boyce went against this paradigm of protagonists, which I thought was a brilliant choice.
Sputnik, on the other hand, disappointed me a little, at first. I believed that he would obviously be of extraterrestrial origin when first read about. However, he looked just like any other human being (to Prez, at least). I expected the novel to be about travelling around the Milky Way etc., but in reality it was set on Earth. He was still very puzzling as a character, so this didn’t disappoint me too much.

Posted on: 29th April 2017 at 08:38 pm

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