53. The 1,000 Year Old Boy by Ross Welford

This was another book I bought with a birthday book voucher. I had first discovered this book when it popped up on Amazon and thought that the premise sounded very interesting. I couldn’t wait to get a hold of it to read.

Synopsis (as taken from Amazon) is as follows:

There are stories about people who want to live forever.

This is not one of those stories.

This is a story about someone who wants to stop…

Alfie Monk is like any other nearly teenage boy – except he’s 1,000 years old and can remember the last Viking invasion of England.

Obviously no one believes him.

So when everything Alfie knows and loves is destroyed in a fire, and the modern world comes crashing in, Alfie embarks on a mission to find friendship, acceptance, and a different way to lives…

…which means finding a way to make sure he will eventually die.

Ability to read – I had no issue with reading this and could navigate easily the different POVs. Both Alfie and Aiden had strong voices that were easily identifiable and suited the characters perfectly.

Characterisation – I found Alfie to be a rather compelling character and was pleased that he still viewed the world with some curiosity despite having lived so long. I found Roxy and Aiden to be strong in their own ways and was pleased that their characters were both well-rounded and had fleshed out backstories.

Visualisation – I found it very easy to see what was happening and was able to create a good visual picture through what I was reading and my own imagination.

Uniqueness – I thought this was very unique and very different. It was a wonderful story that had a lot of heart and warmth to it and the story, at heart, was one about friends and family.

Hannah xoxo

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