an adventure for the ages // THE 1000 YEAR OLD BOY REVIEW

TITLE: The 1000 year old boy

AUTHOR: Ross Welford

RATING: ★★★★

TRIGGER WARNING: mother dies in a fire, mentioned but not shown, to administer life blood, skin must be cut.

WHERE DID I RECEIVE THIS?: HarperCollinsNZ sent this to me in exchange for an honest review!

GENRE: Middle Grade

synopsis

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 live…

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

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 live…

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

my thoughts

The 1000 year old boy is a book with a main character, who just wants to grow up. Alfie has lived for over a thousand years, he’s seen empires rise and fall, all beside his mum and cat. Alfie, his mother and cat have been able to stay alive so long due to something called a life-pearl, something that gives you the ability to stop aging. Accidents can still kill you, but disease and old age wont harm you anymore.

This was, for one, the most original story that dealt with characters who lived forever. I think this was because there were little details, like alfies teeth looking horrible and his eyes being highly photosensitive. It showed the other side to ‘living forever’ not just the great vampire side.

Also, this was the first middle grade book I’ve read in a long time, before this, harry potter and rick riordan’s books were the only middle grade that held my interest, and even then, I had lost some interest in them. But my friend Chelsea read this and absolutely adored it, and I’m so glad I picked it up.

True to the middle grade style of novels, the writing is easy to follow and not over flowing with prose or hard to understand sentences. This is the kind of book you can give a 12 year old and let them read on their own, or you could read it to someone younger to let them experience a bigger book.

The plot was really good in this book, it never slowed down but it didn’t feel like it was being rushed and i loved the characters. The friendship Alfie, Aidan and Roxy formed was really sweet, and they went so far to help Alfie get his life back after his mothers death.

All in all if you’re a fan of middle grade I think this is a great one

until next time,
Sarah

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