Johnny Maxwell is just an ordinary boy - not smart, popular or rich. But he does love video games. Here are three things to know about Terry Pratchett's hero - there's aliens, a rather strange bunch of kids, ghosts and a time travel!
1. He’s deeply normal.
Johnny leads a nice quiet – almost boring - life in the small town of Blackbury. He likes video games, he has friends, and he does his homework. So when some aliens reach out to him through his video game Only You Can Save Mankind and ask for his help all her can do is say yes, it’s the polite thing to do after all.
2. He has the strangest of friends.
There’s Wobbler who’s obsessed with computer games. He wants to be a nerd but they won’t let him join. Then there’s Bigmac who’s a bit of a ruffian but surprisingly good at maths. He has a confused view of car ownership which the gang are trying to help him with. There’s also Yo-less and Kirsty. Yo-less earned his nickname because he never says ‘Yo!’, he’s a bit of a geek but very attentive so tends to notice things others don’t.
And then there’s Kirsty, probably the smartest in the gang, she’s highly organised and easy to talk to, mostly because she doesn’t really seem to be listening.
3. Things happen to Johnny. He wishes they wouldn’t, but they keep happening anyway.
For some reason Johnny seems to lack the filter most kids have which means he sees things no-one else does. Like aliens, ghosts and a time travelling bag lady!
Johnny Maxwell is just an ordinary boy – not smart, popular or rich.
But he does love video games.
And as his parents argue themselves out of a marriage, Johnny plays at becoming humanity’s’ last hope, shooting invading aliens out of a pixelated sky. Then comes a message from the last remaining alien spaceship: We Wish to Talk.
And suddenly Johnny is thrust into the very real world of the video game, and comes face to face with an alien race that needs his help.
Only Johnny can save them. And this isn't a game any more . . .
The first book in the Johnny Maxwell trilogy.