Book Review: SpaceKid iLK

Spacekid iLK by Andrew  Hammond
Spacekid iLK: Invasion 101 
by Andrew Hammond 

4 out of 5 stars

iLK is a normal alien boy, flying around with his parents in a spaceship and invading planets. But when iLK’s father conquers Earth, he gets tired of being the supreme ruler of such a boring planet, and gives the job to iLK to teach him some responsibility. Earth is soon in danger, and it’s up to iLK to save the planet with the help of some friendly Earthlings!

I thought this book was hilarious! The writing is so clever and silly, and the plot is really imaginative. I loved the world-building with the aliens, and their culture of invasion and world domination. I especially enjoyed the complex family dynamics between iLK and his parents.

iLK himself is a wonderful main character. He’s sassy and grumpy and repressed, until he finds freedom and friends on Earth. He has such a disgruntled teen attitude, and it’s wonderfully ridiculous. First, he never wants to leave his room on the spaceship, and tries to get out of his lessons. Then when he’s grounded, he changes his mind, and is desperate to get out of his room. He’s a lovely complex character, who is selfish and generous by turns, always changing and growing.
I loved the whimsical illustrations and cartoon drawings. It’s not set up in panels like a comic or graphic novel, but more like a continuous stream of text and pictures down the page. It’s very easy to follow, and I loved the dialogue and action within the artwork.

This is such an entertaining book! I enjoyed the positive messages about taking responsibility and doing the right thing even when there are obstacles.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author via Reedsy Discovery in exchange for a free and honest review. All the opinions stated here are my own true thoughts, and are not influenced by anyone.

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