By Nicholas Fisk

Rating: 2 stars

I vaguely remember these books from when I was young and picked them up cheap from a charity shop or something. Basic story is as follows: four children, stuck on Earth instead of with their parents who are pioneers on a new world, find a meteorite, hollow it out, stick a drive unit into it and blast off after their parents, having Adventures on the way, mainly concerned with the Octopus Emperor, who’s out to get them, for some reason.

These books aren’t nearly as good as some of Fisk’s other work (such as Trilions or A Rag a Bone and a Hank of Hair). The main characters are rather annoying and there’s no real sense of tension. I guess they may have been written for a younger audience than either of the books mentioned above. Worth reading for nostalgia but not much more (not that this is going to stop me for looking out for the last two in the series).

Book details

ISBN: 9780340265291
Year of publication: 2014

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