No worries if you don't like science (or are no longer a teenager!),
This review is from: Itch Rocks (Itch 2) (Hardcover)
As a fan of Simon Mayo's radio exploits for many years, and a Primary school teacher, I was interested to hear that he had written a "young adult" book. I was slightly concerned when I found out that it was about an Element Hunter, as I've always hated science, but Itch turned out to be hugely enjoyable.
Having enjoyed Itch so much, I was very excited about the launch of Itch Rocks. So much so that I attended the hugely enjoyable launch! I read the book in just over a day - it really is a page turner! The characters are believable (including the teachers), and I love the descriptions of family life. There is lots of humour, as well as tension, a fair amount of violence and danger, and science that is enjoyable even to those who know nothing about it.
It is well known that girls will read just about anything, but boys are often reluctant readers, who will only read books about boys. Judging by the audience at the book launch, girls do seem to love Itch, and girls are well represented in Itch Rocks (as always in the second book of a series, the characters are much more fleshed out). But how exciting to find a book that should appeal hugely to boys (from late Primary school onwards). And as Mr Mayo himself has said, he writes a book that he wants to read, so it is perfect for adults as well. Recently I have enjoyed a lot of young adult literature, and the best of its kind is never patronising to the target audience, and is also not too juvenile for adults.
I highly recommend this book to all, and wish Mr Mayo well in his endeavour to maintain this high standard in the next instalment of the series.