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Tesla’s Attic

In YA Book Reviews on June 4, 2015 at 3:52 pm

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 by Neal Shusterman and Eric Elfman

Science Fiction/©2014/248 pages/Book One of the Accelerati Trilogy/Recommended for ages 10+

Publisher’s Blurb (Courtesy of Goodreads):

Tesla’s Attic is the first book in a brilliantly imagined and hilariously written trilogy that combines science, magic, intrigue, and just plain weirdness, about four kids who are caught up in a dangerous plan concocted by the eccentric inventor Nikola Tesla.

After their home burns down, fourteen-year-old Nick, his younger brother, and their father move into a ramshackle Victorian house they’ve inherited. When Nick opens the door to his attic room, he’s hit in the head by a toaster. That’s just the beginning of his weird experiences with the old junk stored up there. After getting rid of the odd antiques in a garage sale, Nick befriends some local kids-Mitch, Caitlin, and Vincent-and they discover that all of the objects have extraordinary properties. What’s more, Nick figures out that the attic is a strange magnetic vortex, which attracts all sorts of trouble. It’s as if the attic itself has an intelligence . . . and a purpose.

Ultimately Nick learns that the genius Nikola Tesla placed the items-his last inventions-in the attic as part of a larger plan that he mathematically predicted. Nick and his new friends must retrieve everything that was sold at the garage sale and keep it safe. But the task is fraught with peril-in addition to the dangers inherent in Tesla’s mysterious and powerful creations, a secret society of physicists, the Accelerati, is determined to stop Nick and alter destiny to achieve its own devious ends. It’s a lot for a guy to handle, especially when he’d much rather fly under the radar as the new kid in town.

Fans of intrigue, action, humor, and nonstop surprises are guaranteed a read unlike any other in Tesla’s Attic, Book One of the Accelerati Trilogy.

My Thoughts:

I absolutely loved this book! This is a fast-paced, exciting adventure that will keep readers on the edge of their seat the whole way through. It has endearing, likable, quirky characters, hilarious dialogue, and a completely unpredictable plot with unique twists and magical elements. On the one hand, this is a paranormal, sci-fi story about fantastical happenings, but it also explores love and loss as well. The relationship Nick forges with his new friends is interesting all by itself, as well as the dynamics of middle-school life. There’s a lot of good story here even before you throw in the weird stuff.  A nicely layered story, some genuine creeps, good writing – a totally awesome middle grade read.

Other Thoughts and Resources:

Official Book Trailer

Edison’s Alley (Book2 ) Goodreads Synopsis and My Review

Hawking’s Hallway (Book #3)…coming in 2016

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