The Inventory: Iron Fist by Andy Briggs (The Inventory #1)
The Rules: if you find a secret inventory of utterly deadly battle tech.
1) Do not try it.
2) Do not tell anyone.
3) Do NOT let thieves in behind you.
What’s more secret than top-secret? The Inventory. Home to the deadliest inventions the world isn’t ready for. Invisible camouflage. HoverBoots. Indestructible metals. Plus a giant creature of chaos: war robot Iron Fist. No one has ever broken past the state-of-the-art AI security system. (Seriously, most bad guys have no idea this stuff is even there.)
Problem 1: the security robot wasn’t ready for a gang of kids wandering in.
Problem 2: they’ve ONLY brought the ruthless Shadow Helix gang in behind them. Seriously dumb, but it’s a bit late for ‘sorry’.
Say hello to trouble: the Iron Fist is in the wrong hands!
Title: The Inventory: Iron Fist (The Inventory #1)
Author: Andy Briggs
Release Date: 5th May 2016
Genre: MG Sci-Fi / Adventure
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Goodreads Link: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29919809-the-inventory
Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Iron-Fist-Inventory-Andy-Briggs/dp/1407161792
Thank you very much to Faye Rogers for organising this blog tour, and to Scholastic for the copy of this book.
Iron Fist is a Middle Grade novel about a boy called Devon, who lives with his uncle at The Inventory, a store of the world’s most dangerous objects. He’s unpopular and bullied at school, and then he gets trapped in The Inventory, with his bully, Mason, and a girl, Lot. Not only that, they’re trapped in there with invaders, who are there to find the Iron Fist.
Dev and his unlikely friends go from zone to zone, each zone getting more and more dangerous – knocking something over could kill them all, as they’re pursued by the invaders.
If you’re wondering what reading this book is like, the way I would describe it is an episode of Doctor Who (like a really good one you don’t want to end, probably David Tennant era) crossed with… I definitely had a TV programme in mind, but I’ve completely forgotten… but Doctor Who should probably cover it (without aliens, but with super cool technology).
I loved the technology element to this book – even though it’s Middle Grade, I felt it didn’t skimp on super cool inventions, and science – and there was a good mix of male and female characters (not sure if it passes the Bechdel test, but there are female characters, at least).
This book is full of twists and turns, and so many dead ends and plot twists – I didn’t see the ending coming, but it also didn’t feel out of place.
This is the first book in the series, and I felt the book ended well, and setup for future books.
Overall, a fast-paced, fun MG rollercoaster, and one you should definitely give a shot (especially as I will be giving a copy away – see pinned tweet on my Twitter (@annalisebooks)).
Andy Briggs is a screenwriter, producer and author of the Hero.com, Villain.net and Tarzan series. Andy has worked on film development for Paramount and Warner Bros, as well as working with Marvel Comics legend Stan Lee and producer Robert Evans. With a strong social media following, Andy tours the UK regularly, doing festival, school and library events.
GIVEAWAY! – 1 copy The Inventory: Iron Fist. RT + Follow to enter. Ends 15 May, 9pm. UK/IRE only. pic.twitter.com/iFLin7UZ0c
— Annalise (@AnnaliseBooks) 9 May 2016
Hope you’ve enjoyed my stop on the Iron Fist blog tour (I certainly have!) and don’t forget to enter the giveaway (see pinned tweet on my Twitter (@annalisebooks)).