Boy X by Dan Smith


                                                              Boy X by Dan Smith, Chicken House,(9781338065640), 2017.

Format: ARC

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4

Genre:  Science Fiction/Adventure

What did you like about the book? Ash wakes up and has no memory of how he got to the sterile room with an IV drip in his hand. He is alone and he knows he has been drugged. As he starts his journey through the medical facility, things happen really fast. There are people shooting down a helicopter, his mother is imprisoned in a locked laboratory with a lethal virus, someone is trying to track him down, and he realizes that he is the only one who can save the day. With fellow escapee Isabel guiding him through the jungle, Ash sets out to destroy the virus and deliver the antidote to his scientist mother. Set on a remote jungle island, with dangerous super powerful animals and insects, evil scientists, and bad guys who shoot first and ask questions later, this book will appeal to kids who like heart-pounding action. Hints at a sequel. Written in an appealing, straightforward style, incorporating  flashbacks and lost memories to amp up the suspense.

Anything you didn’t like about it?

To whom would you recommend this book?  This holds appeal for kids 10 and up who like sci-fi/bio-thriller action. Think Jurassic Park or The Andromeda Strain for middle grade readers.

Who should buy this book? Middle school and public libraries

Where would you shelve it ? Fiction

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? For a little heart pounding action, why not?

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Stephanie Tournas, Robbins Library, Arlington, MA

Date of review: March 23, 2017

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