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4.0 out of 5 stars A Fun SF Adventure!, 31 May 2010
This review is from: All Aliens Like Burgers (Paperback)
"All Aliens Like Burgers" is a brand new science-fiction novel by author and sci-fi fan Ruth Wheeler. Published by Hirst Publishing, this is a novel aimed more at the teenage end of the market but with enough appeal to lure in some of the older crowd too. It follows the story of teenager Tom Bowler and his somewhat bizarre adventures after he applies for a job with a Fast Food company. It's not giving too much away by revealing that Tom gets the job, only to find that he's working in a burger bar - on another planet! As the story unfolds, we get to learn more about the world Tom now inhabits, his new friends and the odd enemy or two!
"All Aliens Like Burgers" is an entertaining read and it's good to know that there are still writers out there who don't feel the need to resort to bad language, sex and violence in order to win over today's teens. Personally, I felt that the main characters were perhaps a little too bland and a little more character conflict wouldn't have gone amiss. However, there are nice touches of humour and Wheeler's invention of a gross sport known as Spotoon will definately appeal strongly to young readers in particular!
The more seasoned science fiction fan may detect elements of the classic "The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy" series of novels in the depiction of some of the alien races and of course the ever-present humour. "All Aliens Like Burgers" is the first of a trilogy and teases with one or two potential new plot threads left hanging. Like the fast food industry it satirizes, Wheeler's novel provides instant gratification and ultimately leaves you wanting more.
I would happily recommend this as the perfect gift for youngsters who enjoy science-fiction, Dr Who fans and all those who enjoy a good, imaginative tale!
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