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Elements of surprise and action but there isn't quite enough,
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Itchingham (Itch) Lofte is about to become the most important person in the world. In his quest to gain all the elements listed in the periodic table, he unwittingly stumbles across something never seen before; a new radioactive element that could change the future of the world's current energy sources.
When Itch shows his rock to his geology teacher, he unwittingly reveals what he has to those that would either utilise the rock for weaponry, or ensure it and anyone with knowledge of it disappears. Soon Itch, his cousin Jack and his younger sister Chloe are on the run, trying to keep one step ahead of the bad guys and thinking of ways to permanently dispose of their radioactive burden.
Itch is a bright, brave and likeable hero with an almost obsessive interest in the elements, but there's no denying he's pretty careless when transporting a radioactive rock around in his backpack; the nausea, bloody vomit and hair loss is certainly a bad sign. Although Itch has limited options, he does show some ingenuity after the initial damage has been done. The action and drama comes in waves and is somewhat inconsistent, but the science discussions are well done. They are incorporated well into the action taking place and don't make the story line feel too dry. This was overall an entertaining book; especially when Itch turned all MacGyver-like and reached for his stash of elements to help him get out of a scrape, but it never fully engaged my attention. 3½ stars