The main element in this book is Minecraft, the game that bonds Alex and his son together. I don’t know much about Minecraft, but I know what it is as I’ve seen my friend’s children play it. Minecraft is a sandbox video game originally created by Swedish game designer Markus “Notch” Persson, and later fully developed and published by Mojang. The creative and building aspects of Minecraft enable players to build constructions out of textured cubes in a 3D procedurally generated world. Other activities in the game include exploration, resource gathering, crafting, and combat.
A place that is key in the novel is the café where Alex and George went with their mother the day before the latter’s death.
When Alex takes Sam camping, they got to an area near Simouth in Devon. Sidmouth /ˈsɪdməθ/ is a town situated on the English Channel coast in Devon, South West England, 23 km east of Exeter. It is a tourist resort and a gateway to the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site. A large part of the town has been designated a conservation area.
One of the few things Sam likes eating is piccalilli sandwiches. Piccalilli is an English interpretation of Indian pickles, a relish of chopped pickled vegetables and spices;regional recipes vary considerably.