Book Review: The Man Who Fell To Earth by Walter Tevis


Title: The Man Who Fell To Earth

By: Walter Tevis

Genre: Science Fiction

Pages: 226

Release Date: September 29th, 2014

Publisher: RosettaBooks

Rating: ★★★☆☆


Summary from Goodreads:

The Man Who Fell to Earth tells the story of Thomas Jerome Newton, an alien disguised as a human who comes to Earth on a mission to save his people. Devastated by nuclear war, his home planet, Anthea, is no longer habitable. Newton lands in Kentucky and starts patenting Anthean technology—amassing the fortune he needs to build a spaceship that will bring the last three hundred Anthean survivors to Earth.
But instead of the help he seeks, he finds only self-destruction, sinking into alcoholism and abandoning his spaceship, in this poignant story about the human condition by the acclaimed author of Mockingbird.


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I thought the premise for this book was intriguing, but I think the execution was a bit lacking.

There is always something interesting about an alien who comes to earth. Even more so if the alien is on a mission to save his people, but when earthly nature takes over, Newton turns into a depressed alcoholic. At this point, he completely forgets about saving his people.

You would think with all the wonderful aspects of scifi at the writers fingertips, there would have been a lot of deep background and color to this story, but there wasn't much substance to chew on or keep my mind interested.

I've read other books by this author before and loved them, but this one was just ok for me.

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