I bought this book not really knowing what to expect. The book is really a story of a boy who was hit by a meteorite and has some traits of autism/poor social skills as a result. The book tells the tale of his childhood and how he came to make friends with an old man who lived alone. The book opens with Alex being caught at customs with the ashes of the old man so telling you he dies isn’t a spoiler, but the story tells how they came to be friends, good friends.
Whilst this book isn’t action packed and doesn’t build to a climactic finish, it introduces some lively and believable characters that you come to know and love. I really enjoyed this book and found myself reading it whenever I could.