Reading level: Young AdultWell, I'm not really sure what to say about this book. It's certainly not a book I would normally read, and I'm actually not sure why I picked this one up. It may be because it was so short. I flipped the book open and read the first chapter in a matter of seconds, and each chapter was, at most, a couple of pages, and at least, only one sentence, giving me a feeling of accomplishment.
Hardcover: 160 pages
Publisher: Scholastic Press (November 1, 2011)
Buy the Book: Amazon
A startling, wonderful novel about the true meaning of being an alien in an equally alien world.
"We are specks. Pieces of dust in this universe. Big nothings.
"I know what I am."
Mal lives on the fringes of high school. Angry. Misunderstood. Yet loving the world -- or, at least, an idea of the world.
Then he meets Hooper. Who says he's from another planet. And may be going home very soon.
At first, I didn't think I was going to like the book. Mal is not a happy person, and seems to be critical and judgmental about everyone around him. I know that he had a hard life, but he acts like he's the only one in the world that has ever had problems. However, as I kept reading, I actually started to like Mal, and hope that things would turn out well for him.
I wasn't sure exactly what to think about this book. I didn't know if I should be taking it literally, expecting aliens to show up at any moment. Or if it was more symbolism for what Mal was going through, and his coping mechanisms. I actually like sci-fi, so I'm not opposed to reading about alien encounters and what-not, but this book ended up being more of a contemp book, than a sci-fi one, in my opinion. I think, in the end, you could take it either way, and have lots of debates on whether or not Mal and Hooper are crazy or are an actual abductee/alien.
In the end, I did enjoy reading First Day on Earth, and finished the whole thing in about two hours (reading in between turns of Just Dance 3...haha). If you like Contemporary Fiction, I think you'll like this book a lot. It was honest and heartbreaking and hopeful. It was a story about love, loss, abandonment, and the lengths we will go to, to feel loved and known.
- Sexual Content: Moderate Dialog
- Profanity: A few heavy words
- Violence: None
- Other Notables: Underage Drinking