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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth

Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth is a fictional book by Frank Cottrell Boyce. It is about a child who lives with his granddad. He loses his granddad and is sent to a farm to live where an alien called Sputnik visits him and does magical things. The alien tells Prez (the main character) that he has to make a guide about 10 things that the Earth is worth keeping for, otherwise the planet will be shrunk.

The things I enjoyed were that in the book it talked about gravity waves and that the characters were enjoyable to read about.

However, I did not appreciate what the plot built up to. Throughout the book, Sputnik and Prez did magical things and went to places, but I thought that the manner they did it in was slightly boring and predictable while reading. For example, Sputnik would always say "Have you read the manual?" I did not understand what journey Prez went on and what the point of the plot was. Maybe it was just for the enjoyment of the actions that the characters did throughout.

So in conclusion, I think that overall it was an acceptable book as it had good characters and references, however the story line was a letdown for me.

Posted on: 18th May 2017 at 02:29 pm

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