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Adibul, Enfield Grammar School

Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth

This is a good book filled with action, mystery and suspense. The author uses an imaginative setting and describes the surroundings around the main character very vividly. Some chapters do not always tell the story of the main character, as they tell the story of the antagonist or the supporting characters and this makes the book more interesting.

The book engages you with Zen Starling, a petty thief, stealing a necklace. He then is confronted by a girl in a red coat but he does not know her so he runs away, feeling she is part of the 'Rail-force'. The main antagonist seems to be the Rail-force, an authoritative organisation that keeps crime off the 'K-Bahns'. Also, the whole book is vaguely centred on space-travelling trains and the artificial intelligence that created them, the Guardians. From my understanding, there are two classes, the lower class and upper class. The lower band lives in poverty and barely survives on a daily basis, while the upper class has a rich and easy life, hunting and partying.


The most interesting bit of the book is when Raven is revealed to be one of the many clones, the original Raven had created. It catches more of your attention and want to read further. However, there is a major plot hole where Zen, a teen(most likely), commits a mass-murder and the book does not even explain the proper emotional effects that should occur to Zen. He should broken down and guilty but it just carries like he only killed one person, when he actually killed a vast majority of the Noon family(the higher class) including the Emperor.

Posted on: 17th May 2017 at 02:47 pm

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