Kings of the World By: Matt J. Pike
The galaxy is on the brink of war and only four dysfunctional, hormone-driven teenagers from Earth stand in its way. God help us all. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nbx3us… It didn’t take Cooper long to come to the conclusion that space sucks. It seems everyone there despises humans, everything’s too far away and the travel makes you heave. Worse still, Cooper’s stuck there with his best mate, The Ginge – who can’t tell where games end and reality begins – and two other former classmates who want to beat the crap out of him. Oh yeah, and people, well… alien people are trying to kill them. Space does have some good points. The boys can have anything they wish for, all they have to do is ask it … or think it. Plus they are now, somehow, Earth’s leaders – as in, more important than the President of the USA. If Cooper can only stop the other boys from gorging on their every desire, chasing the most human looking alien women and fighting each other he might convince everyone humans aren’t the galactic equivalent of white trash. But things are about to get a whole lot worse. War looms and Cooper and his inept sidekicks are caught in the middle. They, the Earth and the Galaxy will never be the same again.
I was pretty apprehensive about whether or not I would like this book. The plot sounded interesting but the protagonist were all teenage boys. I hate teenagers, they’re all emotional and in the case of boys they’re obsessed with one thing.
That being said, oh my god I want to read the next book NOW!
Pike did a great job portraying teenage boys, right down to the obsession with sex, but it never became so overwhelming that it derailed the story. Each boy had their strengths and weaknesses, and while there was plenty of character growth, none of the boys ended up being perfect. They still had their weaknesses and the areas of growth they had were entirely believable.
There were a couple parts that seemed kind of farfetched that teenage boys could accomplish, oddly enough not the parts where they saved the political future of the galaxy, it was more the space battle following that part.
The world created was interesting and I really want to know what happens with Knuckles, surprisingly he started out as my least favorite of the boys. The next book comes out in 2015 and I’m excited to see what happens next.