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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth

I have finished 'Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth'.
Firstly, to set the scene, the book's main characters are a teenaged boy named Prez and a small alien from space named 'Sputnik'. These two characters meet on a farm in Dumfries, where Prez is staying Temporarily with a family due to his Granddad's inability to care for him. Sputnik arrives at the house and is seen by the rest of the family as a stray dog. These two characters are then faced with the task of saving the world.
Personally, my favourite character is Sputnik due to the humour surrounding the character as well as his little knowledge on Earth. However, I believe that the character of Prez could have been much more interesting. As the main character, he shows little emotion and is often taking actions based off of what Sputnik is doing. Therefore, I feel that the book would have achieved a much greater level of my interest had the book been from Sputnik's point of view as opposed to Prez's. In addition, without giving spoilers, some areas of the plot in this book are greatly unexplained especially surrounding Prez and his family's(Granddad's) background and why they are able to see and do certain things.
On the other hand, at points this book was very funny and the goals of the characters are interesting due to their irregularity.
Overall I enjoyed this book though would say, as a 13 year old, that it is probably more suitable for children of younger ages. I would rate the book four stars **** out of five :).

Posted on: 17th May 2017 at 02:49 pm

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