Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Quickie Review: Itch Rocks by Simon Mayo

Title: Itch Rocks
Author: Simon Mayo
Genre: Young Adult
Series: Itch #2
Source: Purchased by myself
Publisher: Doubleday Children's
Publication Date: 28th February 2013

Tell Me About It
After almost poisoning his whole class with arsenic gas, going on the run from a psychotic science teacher and nearly dying of radiation poisoning, life is getting back to normal for Itchingham Lofte - at least, as normal as it can be when you have a round-the-clock detail of government security guards watching your every move.

But sinister forces are still hunting for Element 126 and will stop at nothing to find out where Itch has hidden the precious radioactive rocks. With the help of his sister Chloe and his tomboy cousin Jack, Itch has to put 126 beyond the reach of unscrupulous scientists and international terrorists forever.

It's time to save the world. Again.

The second book in the explosively exciting ITCH series.

My Thoughts
I have had Itch Rocks sitting on my shelf since publication day, and I never got around to reading it. However the incentive came in the form of a third book in this series, so after making some headway in my review pile I picked up Itch Rocks, eager to dive back into Itch's world and see what trouble he gets himself into now.

One thing that really fascinates me about this series is how elements from the periodic table are collected, but also used for good and bad throughout the pages, and whilst I don't know a lot about the elements, I really do enjoy the chaos that cause in Itch's hands. If you thought that Itch Rocks was going to be much more calmer and sedated compared to Itch, then you are wrong. Itch Rocks is just as eventful, dangerous, chaotic, crazy, and all found fantastically amazing as it's predecessor.

I really do like how Itch always finds himself caught in the middle of some new adventure, and no matter what could happen he still manages to involve himself, mostly intentionally, and while he doesn't come out unscathed, he certainly comes out of it in a better state than most would.

Itch Rocks was just as addicting, enthralling, and crazy as Itch, but I thoroughly enjoyed every single page of it. I will also admit that I really doubted that some people would come out alive but they ended up being quite resilient, but if you are friends of Itch then what else would you expect.
I know my review is vague of details, and I intend it to be that way, I want you to take this adventure with Itch and experience the shock and nerves that I did over what happens.

I can't wait to dive into the next story and take another adventure with Itch, Jack, and Chloe once again.

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