The 1,000 Year Old Boy by Ross Welford
Source: Libby (Library App)
Genres: Historical Fiction, Fantasy, Middle Grade, Fiction
Narrator: Chris Coxon & Luke Johnson
Publication Date: 11th January 2018
Synopsis/Blurb (taken from Goodreads):
“The astonishing, beautiful new story for all readers of 10 and over from the bestselling and Costa-shortlisted author of TIME TRAVELLING WITH A HAMSTER.
There are stories about people who want to live forever.
This is not one of those stories.
This is a story about someone who wants to stop…
Alfie Monk is like any other nearly teenage boy – except he’s 1,000 years old and can remember the last Viking invasion of England.
Obviously no one believes him.
So when everything Alfie knows and loves is destroyed in a fire, and the modern world comes crashing in, Alfie embarks on a mission to find friendship, acceptance, and a different way to live…
… which means finding a way to make sure he will eventually die.
Obviously no one believes him.”
My Thoughts & Review
I managed to take another book off my TBR list, and it feels so good. Would have felt even better, if I had enjoyed it a bit more.
This is a book about a boy who is born in the Viking era, who has taken an ancient potion to stop him from ageing and dying, and now his looking for an antidote to reverse the potion so he can grow old like his friends that he has made. The story sounded so interesting and was one of the reason that I added it to my TBR.
The beginning of the book I found it a bit confusing. I found it a bit hard to differentiate the time lines as well as the characters, but it got easier as I read on. And ended up liking and learning about the history.
Also, at times I found the pacing to be a little slow and I did get bored a little when it came to these parts, but mostly it was good. I’m not 100% sure whether it was just me who found this or whether it’s the way the author writes his books as this was my first book by Ross Welford.
Overall an ok-ish read for me, I really wish I could have liked it a bit more than I did. Although this wasn’t fully a book for me I will still be reading some of Ross Welford’s other books in the near future.
Once again I’m not sure if this is a book that I would recommend. But what I will say is if do want to read this book then try and borrow it from your library.
Have you read this book? What did you think of it? Share your thoughts in the comments and let’s get chatting.
Happy Reading Everyone!!!