This looked like it would be a good book when I read the blurb on the back about a kid being bullied and the father going to extreme lengths to stop it. Unfortunately the kid being bullied/stopping it part of the plot is a very minor part of the whole storyline. The majority of the story revolves around Sam, a very stupid and selfish man having to deal with the consequences of his actions by digging himself in deeper rather than just following a clear path out of it. Sam the father seems to have blinders on the whole story, any normal person would have seen the entire situation for what it was early on. The other main problem is the story is written in a poor writer style Sam said this, Jamie said this, Sam walked over here and so on style rather than through the eyes of one or more characters.
Basic plot is Sam a man who recently lost his wife, along with his 13 year old son Jamie, decide to move from London to a bigger cheaper house in an English country town where Sam grew up. Jamie only agrees to the new house if he can have the master room. Sam being a spineless father with no parenting skills does this, along with whatever else Jamie insists on. Sam has no control of Jamie at all, Jamie only listens to his aunt and basically treats his father like dirt. Jamie also doesn't like going to school, so when Sam is told his son will be kicked out but hey, maybe its not all his fault, Sam should maybe ask him about this other kid at school, Sam jumps into cotton wool parent mode. Stupidly he decides to confront the father at his workplace telling him to bring his brat into line. Understandably the father isn't impressed and tells him so, Sam then decides to have a go at the bully in a pub toilet which is where the situation escalates into Sam's vendetta in his son's name against this well liked town family.
It's not just Sam however who is a weak character, so is his son Jamie. You can understand why this kid had no friends at school (when he decided to go that is) and became a target for the bully. In fact he shows later when out riding his bike and encountering the bully's brother that he is in fact just as big a bully as the bully (although he does get his comeuppance from that victim's best friend) when given the opportunity. This is where the story gets so ridiculous, the father now should know what his son is, so why he would go down the ridiculous angle he did, plus it was pretty obvious from that encounter that the bullying would have been pretty much over anyway as Jamie had been more humiliated by his own actions than anything the bully could do at school. Of course though the father's got to keep igniting the fire.
The only redeeming thing for the storyline which lifts my rating slightly is the ending. Justice prevailed in the end with everyone getting exactly what they deserved as a result of their actions.
And what's with the title, is it a typo, is Sun supposed to be Son? Got nothing to do with the big ball of fire in space throughout the entire novel.