This book starts off with a strange girl attempting a prison escape from Nigeria and automatically I couldn't stop turning the pages. Also, to give you a tiny update if you want, the first book Itch which has a similar cover was about a boy my age who came across these rocks from a collector friend of his named Cake, which were so radioactive and power inducing that the poisoning led to his death and Itch and his sister Chloe and cousin Jack almost getting sent to prison. Plus, these rocks actually aren't n the periodic table, and they became the 126. This multi-million dollar oil company named Greencorps could really use those rocks and then goes after the Lofte family and so Itch decides he has to try to hide these rocks somewhere nobody would ever find them. The rubs about this? Itch is the only person who knows the access to unbelievable energy and these rocks could also bring the whole world into refreshment. So what will happen in this new life when Itch is under constant surveillance and one girl has suddenly come and turned into his girlfriend and another girl who was once nice has gone all feral?
If you're a parent reading this review and you're trying to get your kid into chemistry, get them to read this series. Start with the first one, though. And if they refuse, blackmail them to. Maybe the reason they aren't interested in chemistry and that the only chemical formula they know of is the one for water, is because most schools don't have enough good material or don't have the commitment to show it off. Because of the first book, I'm never gonna forget about what arsenic can do nor what a chemical reaction of pure sodium rather than plain old sodium chloride with the water or rather frankly, oxygen, can do. I had relatively high expectations for this book, and at the start, I was a little in stiffness with the security measures the force had done for Itch and I was starting to wonder if this was gonna be a book where he'd get fed up, run away, get captured, get rescued and then rejoice, in that order. Or at Chapter 9, if it would end up a prison escape sort of book. Neither of the above happened and I think this is the one book I can even think of that glorifies extra security measures and properly utilizes them. Not to mention it brings the elements to good measure, the ones where you'd forget their name a second after turning the page. Ever since I put down this book, I've been trying to think up a way I can sneak some tellurium into my sister's body wash. Not to mention there wasn't a single thing I predicted. Unlike The Scorch Trials, (spoilers, you can go to the next paragraph) we find out one of the grave answers to a big question, and though I felt it came a little early in the book, the more the novel went on, the more I felt the book had to give time for us and Itch to digest the fact.
And wait a second! The main boy character is the one who throws the punches when joking around? Surely this can only be the work of the most literate authors of the world! One thing I knew would happen was at one time or another, Itch would somehow be interrogated, but I didn't know how. If he wasn't going to be, this would've been a book where Itch would have to sit around all day and the cover promises different. Believe me when I say it's been a very long time since a book made me jump from being caught off guard and requesting me to bite my teeth as much as this book. I also wanted to bite my tongue because I was so worried there would be a moment where it either didn't use a plot element to it's full potential or have a reason for me to not give it a perfect store. Everything held up and stayed up. The action feels like pure cinema, the science is actually addicting rather than revolting, and actually, the book smartly picks up some key elements I actually shamefully forgot happened in the first instalment and I now want to read it over. Two of those moments include reconnaissance from something involving the London ferris wheel at a part where I thought the book would take a break, and the other involved a sort of backfire. Not a lot of books perform a backfire on the characters like this.
The end result of this book made my head race. Are these rocks for the better? At first glance, I would say yes, we could find a cure to global warming with them. But then, wars would just be started all over again with it. There are these other two books: Michael Vey: Rise of the Elgen and Prodigy, which each have the same 4 star markings as the others but these ones have been kind of special; they're better than any other book out there. They were basically the duet of perfect literature. Itch Rocks has made it a trio. Not only that, these books have three things in common: 1) They're second instalments. 2) There's a main character I'd want to play a role in if they became movies. I'd want to be Day, Zeus and Itchingham Lofte. 3) You're not gonna find better book series to get your kids or yourself into reading.