Kid’s Book Review: The Last Life of Lori Mills

Kid’s Book Review: The Last Life of Lori Mills

About the Book and Author

Eleven-year-old Lori is home alone for the first time in her life, and she’s immediately done all the things she’s TOTALLY NOT allowed to do:
1. Turned the heating up to the max.
2. Built a GIANT blanket fort in the living room.
3. Switched on Voxminer, aka the greatest game in the history
of the universe.
But quickly, Lori realises something is wrong. She can hear strange whispers coming from the screen – and soon, they’re in the house with her. Could it be Voxminer’s most terrifying legend: Shade Girl?
Trapped in her home as the doors and windows start to vanish and her phone goes dead, Lori must use all her bravery, wits, gaming skills – and the love and deep bond she shares with her BFF, Shoelace – to survive until Mum gets home…

Max Boucherat (he/they) was born and raised in Cardiff, gained an MA in Writing for Young People from Bath Spa University. THE LAST LIFE OF LORI MILLS is Max’s love letter to both horror and videogames, and the book their ghost and game-obsessed younger self would have loved to read.

Book Review

I would recommend this to anyone who plays Minecraft or Roblox and likes spooky things, but don’t read it if you are home alone!

Lori Mills is almost 12, she thinks she’s grown up and can be left alone when her mum goes to work. This time, her Mum can’t get a babysitter so she is left alone for the evening.

She does all of the things she has been told not to, apart from leaving the house, and can’t resist playing her favourite computer game Voxminer which she usually plays with her friend Shoelace.

Lori plays Voxminer ALL THE TIME and she’s got the rarest creature, the Blizzuar, (a huge white jaguar), in the game.

Everything starts to get a little spooky, Lori hears strange sounds and feels she is being watched by two scary eyes, she is messaging Shoelace who is at a party, but then she stops replying.

The game starts glitching and it seems like her house is in the game and then things get very confusing and even more spooky!

I can’t say anymore as I don’t want to give away the story, but it gets more and more creepy every chapter!

I would recommend this to anyone who plays Minecraft or Roblox and likes spooky things, but don’t read it if you are home alone!

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Reviewer Profile

Martha_T
  • Name: Martha
  • Age: 8 years
  • Likes: Books, drawing and animals
  • Dislikes: Long car journeys and plasters
  • Favourite Book: Lemony Snicket's Series of Unfortunate Events
  • Favourite Song: You Belong with Me by Taylor Swift
  • Favourite Movie: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory