Review of ‘Space Demons’


The lovely Year Five students have been reading ‘Space Demons’ in class and considering the book review format. As part of this project, I was asked to choose my favourite review to publish here on Children’s Books Daily. The standard of work was high and in the end I had to call in a second judge for their expert opinion. Lily’s review was our winner, we particularly liked her use of descriptive language and her carefully considered age recommendation.

Congratulations Lily on your winning review! Mrs Daleyxspace-demons.jpg.pagespeed.ic.M9OIZqg_qr (1)

I have just read a fantastic, mysterious science fiction book called ‘Space Demons’, written by Gillian Rubenstein.

It was all about five videogame-players named: Elaine Taylor, Andrew Hayford, Ben Challis, Mario and John Ferrone. When Andrew’s father comes back from Japan he brings an addictive game called ‘Space Demons’. When Andrew starts to play it mysterious things happen, everything changes and all of who are filled with hate. The important message in the story is that you need to forgive others, and especially YOURSELF.

I especially like the part when Ben Challis first disappeared into the game. Later on I learnt that ‘Space Demons’ responds to hate… so how did Ben get in the game? Oh wait, I know! But you’ll have to find out. After Ben, came Andrew and then Elaine and last Mario. John is involved in other things but you’ll find out soon enough.

The author, Gillian Rubenstein, used cliff-hangers and interesting vocabulary to emphasise the story to capture the reader’s attention.

I really liked the way she used cliff hangers in each chapter and her creativity all throughout the book it was intriguing with every word and I wanted to read more and more. I can’t wait to read Skymaze, the second book and after that Shinkei (pronounced Shin-key), the third book in the Space Demons trilogy.

Although the book was published in 1986, it is still relevant today. Modern readers can learn to love yourself before you can like others. It is a very, very important message for all ages. Also if you’re having trouble with someone or something always tell someone, whether it’s your teacher or parents or even a friend, tell someone.

I would recommend this book to ages 9 and up because it is a bit violent at some points. So 9+ is definitely the way to go.

Reviewed by Lily



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  1. Lily, this is a book that my daughter-in-law and I had a discussion about only two weeks ago. She loved it too, when she was at primary school. She was asking me it if was still in print as she is sure my grandson will love it. He has just turned nine and is an avid reader. I’m sending her a link to your fantastic review. Timing! Sometimes the Universe just puts things together for us. Did you know when Gillian first submitted her manuscript the publishers liked the concept but asked her to work more on it. Thankfully she wasn’t deterred by the critique, and the result is not one, but three great stories.


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