The 1,000-year-old Boy by Ross Welford
Ages: 9 - 12 years
The blurb: There are lots of 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 a thousand years old and can remember the last Viking invasion of England.
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.
Christopher's review: Time… has always been our ally or enemy from time to time.
Like missing someone’s celebration, being able to achieve your goals, catching the bus, losing a loved one, or wanting this very moment of your happiness to last forever.
But what if… you are able to extend that moment just by one more day, or continue to drag it out much longer.
Just another few more weeks, months or years. So what, you can just continue on living and having even more fun times than ever before.
By doing so, you can’t take it back. You will never return to your simple ordinary life and these special moments you will encounter, that you cherish and treasure, will soon feel of nothing more.
Over and over, longer and longer, and to keep on living and living. Until you will slowly and mostly gradually come to regret it.
The 1,000-Year-Old Boy was a really thrilling and brilliant fun book to read. Through the chapters it was a comfortable, exciting and extraordinarily great read. From reading it, the ideas of this story felt greatly different and unique than before.
Throughout the journey you will get to witness Aidan and Roxy meeting a lonesome boy named Alfie. Who is struggling across the story, while they are trying to help out Alfie’s problem and searching for something that he once lost.
Plus within this you get to see two different point-of-views from Alfie and Aidan’s perspective, life, expression, experience and their inner dialogue.
What I like best about The 1,000-Year-Old Boy is the unique cleverness of using every character across different parts of the story, as it doesn’t feel like they are being wasted and the roller coaster highs and lows intriguing vibes of the characters’ actions within the scenario. As well seeing a really strong friendship within Alfie, Aidan and Roxy roles in this book to be greatly wonderful and interesting.
The 1,000-Year-Old Boy was a really thrilling and brilliant fun book to read. As well as following really exciting protagonists, and I hope that this book gives the audience a bit of a greater perspective on life and how to cherish it.
Extra note from Christopher: We all want to live forever sometimes, but sooner or later it becomes very boring or you could not get that wish no matter what. So it is best to appreciate, admire and treasure almost every moment if you can. And when you are looking back, you feel like you did your very best and did it well.
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