Haven’t been walking for a while but started up again today. I was accompanied by one of my favourite books that I haven’t listened through for a long time. I’d forgotten the daily angst that Johnny Maxwell goes through.
Johnny Maxwell’s life is going through a difficult patch with the imminent break up of his parents marriage. As a result he stays out of the way and spends a lot of his time playing computer games in his bedroom. His latest game, given to him by a friend is called, Only You Can Save Mankind where the player has to take on the mighty ScreeWee Empire. To his amazement a message flashes across his screen ‘We Surrender’. From this point on Johnny is forced into a situation where he has to make a choice, does he help someone who is different from him or not. In some ways this reflects the war that is being reported on the television.
The story did not disappoint. I just love the idea that the individuals in a game can have different ideas to the creators and player about what should happen in a game and what they end result should be. I know that it is a bit dated but it does provoke questions about wars, relationships and what individuals have to do to fit in.
A great book and well worth revisiting.