Only You Can Save Mankind by Terry Prachett

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.

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About booksfrommybookshelf

I am a passionate reader of children's books (Primary aged) with a particular interest in picture books. I am always on the look out for children's books at are written by authors from other countries. I am also keen on technology and try to keep abreast of what is happening in a fast changing world. At present my day job is to support teachers and local authorities in the Yorkshire and Humber region (UK), which I really enjoy. Another aspect of my work is to present nationally developed work for the National Strategies. With economic cuts my job will terminate in Spring next year and I may be carrying out independent work based around high quality picture books. My other interest include my allotment, knitting and last but not least my family. My Twitter name is Orlama.
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