Thursday, 20 January 2011
The Last Starfighter
The Last Starfighter is the story of Alex Rogan; an average teenager living in the middle of nowheresville USA. He spends his time doing odd jobs on his mother's trailer park bored out of his mind. His only joys in life are his girlfriend Maggie and a stand up arcade game in the park named 'Starfighter'. When Alex busts the top score on 'Starfighter' his life takes a completely unexpected turn when an alien from another world 'kidnaps' Alex and informs him that 'Starfighter' is not just a video game but a sophisticated test designed to find life forms suitable to train as real Starfighters to repel an imminent alien invasion. When a surprise attack kills all the starfighters it is up to Alex and his alien navigator 'Grig' to stop the invasion by themselves.
The book is based on the film rather than the other way around so as you can imagine it isn't going to be winning the Nobel Prize for literature however it is entertaining, exciting and easy to get through. There are some great characters and plenty of laughs as well as battles in space.
Aside from the cheesy moments and minor spelling errors I have come to expect from these kinds of books it is generally well put together. If you are a fan of science fiction or the movie then this book is a must read. If you aren't I'm not sure you'd appreciate it much.
Final verdict 3/5