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Mildred, Aylsham High School

Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth

Sputnik’s Guide to Life on Earth
Sputnik’s Guide to Life on Earth is very confusing at the start. There is very little description as to what is going on. Throughout the story, characters and the setting are described a bit more, and instantly the story becomes more interesting. We find out that saving the world is only a side story, and the real purpose of Prez (a boy from the temporary) is to find his grandad. Throughout the story, you see how Prez learns more and more about hid grandad, and eventually finds out the truth, which was different to what he expected. Another key character is an alien called Sputnik. He is an alin from outer space whose home planet has been shrunk. He tells Prez that if he doesn’t want earth to be shrunk as well, he will have to find 10 things worth seeing .From the middle onwards it is quiet catching. However it takes quite a long time to read, despite the very simple language. I found the story always had a twist to it, and this is good, however because it twisted so much, you could almost tell what was going to happen. This made the story quite boring. Towards the end of the story, we finally get to meet Prez’s grandad. An old, deluded man with signs of dementia in a care home, who can’t remember his own grandson’s name. I think this is a good idea to include in a story, however it doesn’t fit with this novel. This novel would fall under the comedy category, however dementia doesn’t fall into the comedy category. Al together I’d say sputniks guide to life on earth is a decent book, however the language used and unrealism of the story makes it more suitable for primary school students. If I were to have read this about 5 years ago, I would have found it hilarious, but I couldn’t properly engage with the story.

Posted on: 26th May 2017 at 12:27 pm

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