Intelligent Life by Neil ArkseyMy rating:
Intelligent Life is the story of Jonathan Higgs Boson, a quiet teenager who wants nothing more than a quiet and uneventful life. Unfortunately, events seem to be conspiring against him, particularly when his mum has to travel for a few days and Jonathan goes to stay with his dad, a perpetually-drunk ex-journalist who's thoroughly convinced that a famous business magnate is up to no good.
From this inauspicious beginning, things don't get any easier for Jonathan (whose name overlaps with that of a theoretical particle: just one in a series of coincidences which have plagued his young life), and our unlikely hero is sucked into a series of adventures. There are secretive aliens, mysterious advanced technologies, and plenty of seemingly random events along the way. The characters are likeable, sympathetic, and often comical; there were several laugh-out-loud moments, and the description is excellent.
This book was an easy read (it's aimed at a younger audience) but no less enjoyable for that. The ending leaves plenty of loose ends untied, setting things up for a sequel, but (unlike many series titles) it's also a satisfying read in its own right.
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