So, Itchingham Lofte and his family were able to use a neutron gun and do two things; mess up Nathaniel Flowerdew's face; the guy who was Itch's woeful chemistry teacher and the man out to get the 126, and the 126, lofteium; rocks, were vaporized into 63. Which technically is turned into europium. Flowerdew is now a major fugitive and as a result MI5 has been keeping tabs on the Lofte family, which Itch says is probably the most boring police work in Cornwall. There may've been an incident or two where they were needed in the last book, but when the days go by, yes, it can be boring. But now Greencorps is under major investigation, Itch has now become world famous and everyone wants to be his friend on Facebook. Meanwhile, Itch's science teacher (not Flwoerdew) Mr. Watkins has retired from teaching and is now looking up something he doesn't want to show to even the Lofte's and there have been strange acts of vandalism and thievery across not just Cornwall but the continent. Is Flowerdew out for utter revenge, or is it something else?
Now, I told you that the first two Itch books were perfect books for criminals; reading them, people can get so many ideas on how to use the periodic table to blow people up, poison people and cause them to reek of garlic from the inside out. You could go, Mwahahahahaha reading those books, but it also shows you the meaning of science outside of the classroom and the teachings. Itchcraft pulls the series along for another ride with another rollercoaster, one that's not as good as the second one, nor the first one, but it seriously comes damn close. I don't often end up liking Part 3s but the Itch series was able to still introduce some mysterious guessing games.
At the start, I was loving this book because there is not really any stalling in the action and the action scenes are no short of scary. Itch gets delivered something dangerous, and the way it was so easy to have nearly worked created one of the best chapter cliffhangers I've read since the end of Golden Son. There is also a funeral for a character, and an embarrassing moment for Itch during that funeral that not only made my heart pound but made my soul pound. Itch just wants to do the right thing and it's crazy but realistic how easily that all can drain away.
The book also somehow takes advantage of Itch being famous. In the Ben 10 series, I always thought it would be better as a child if people knew Ben's secret identity. No. Identities. I was really wrong. But here it's done right. Itch says something to journalists that not only heightens the story and makes a side twist in the book I didn't see coming, but I like that he didn't back down and that the TV crew weren't happy with what slipped through the paperwork. So what's new in the Itch universe? Heavy magnets. Explosive paint. Silver. An acid I want to get my hands on, yet not literally. An honest look at how people express if something is perhaps their fault. Well, the other Itch books had that too, but still.
The two flaws I had with this book that dragged it down from the 4 star grade was the fact that the characters seem to go back to their main pits, meaning their houses to heal up. It's a realistic flaw; when you're not running from the law or the ego-tripping world leader like in many dystopian books, you actually go back to your house and parents. It's just, the book sets itself up as "The Deadliest Hunt Yet". If the characters were away from home more, that would've helped. There's also a character who ends up having to go on another assignment midway through, and I wish there could've been a better reason for his departure. And okay, there was a battle a little underwhelming. Okay, but what saved it from a 3 star mark and got it on the same level as the first book which at the time I couldn't stop talking about and was looking for Itch Rocks forever because of, was the ending I never saw coming and erased something I was in conflict with in Itch Rocks.
It wasn't really a flaw in Itch Rocks because I saw the side of the character who wanted to do an act and I left the book wondering what would happen if it was different. Itchcraft gives us a perfect way to conclude the series (for now, I hope) and lets us celebrate. And actually, even if parts of a battle in this book are underwhelming, there's an incident with one of the characters and my heart stopped. Was Simon Mayo really going to torture me this way? I wondered. I guess you'll have to read the first two Itch books and then hunt for Itchcraft to get what I mean.
The Itch series is amazing, and saying the finale is not QUITE as good as the other two books might be unfair. Those other two books had cliffhangers. The end (or supposed end for now) can't have that.