Earth to Nathan Blue
Malcolm writes … Rating *****Excellent Read!
Earth to Nathan Blue written by Matt Beam Character Studies of “Earth to Nathan Blue.” The main character in “Earth to Nathan Blue” is not blue himself. Nathan is very creative and has an active imagination that explores his galaxy. In the book he has translated his entire world into an imaginary place called Plutonia. All the people, places and things have been given new names in the world of Plutonia. He calls his school “Boredom Academy” and his bedroom is referred to as “the cell block” and his mom is “Mother ship”. The forest behind his house is “Sylvania “Often he is interrupted by his friend when he is being interviewed for the school news paper. Nathan refuses to answer questions unless Sheron answers his query first and even then he will only respond to questions about “Plutonia”. Nathan is not mad or disturbed even though he lives in a world created mostly in his mind. His friend Sheron is concerned about the created reality Nathan explores. The author has introduced us to Nathan’s creative thinking with a descriptive view for clear visual insight into “Plutonia” Nathan is curious and inquisitive. His friend the Doctor tells him about jumping trains and references a book titled” You Can’t Win”. Nathan goes to the library and signs out the book so he can read more on the subject of train jumping. Nathan is courageous and impulsive after learning about train hopping and hobo life “bindlestiff” Nathan embraces the curious adventures of train hopping so he can run away from home. He decides to use this new discovered method of travel as he is determined to visit his Dad. He proves to be courageous and fearless as this would be difficult for any kid who has never travelled or left the boundaries of his neighbourhood. It’s impulsive because even the doctor does not really think it through regarding the outcome or consequences suggesting the book as a guide. Nathan’s friend the doctor is independent. He lives by himself near a bridge under the train tracks. The doctor is dishonest and takes money from Nathan twice. The doctor fails to deliver what the money was promised for. The doctor is adventurous and has spent his adult life as a travelling bindle stiff, riding the train all over the place. The doctor is as poor, as he is homeless. He lives by the track and survives by the kindness of others. The Doctor is bossy because he is always telling Nathan what and what not to do. The characters in this book are believable as they face adventure.