Book Reviews: ‘Geek Inc.: Technoslime Terror’, by Mark Griffiths.
by Mark Griffiths Series: Geek Inc. #1 Published by Simon & Schuster
on 3 January 2013 Goodreads
Somewhere in the small, dull town of Blue Hills, the impossible is happening. Inanimate objects are coming to life ... Fortunately, help with these extraordinary phenomena is at hand in the form of Gabby Grayling and Barney Watkins aka Geek Inc.! Gabby and Barney are set to investigate all the odd happenings in their town and find out the truth… In the first book in the series, Barney and Gabby meet and form a friendship when they investigate a top secret Government technology that brings inanimate objects to life. They also have to contend with the evil machinations of Gloria Pickles, the terrifying eleven year old editor of the school newspaper and would-be dictator.
DYLAN, AGE 9, REVIEWS
Star rating: * * * * ‘ 4.5 out of 5
I grabbed this book as soon as I saw it because I liked the cover, especially the lights and the patterns and BRIGHT COLOURZZZZ. It kind of reminded me of a videogame and I love videogames.
‘Geek Inc: Technoslime Terror’ is a good title because as you might have already guessed I am a bit of a geek. Also, two of my favourite things are technology and slime. But not usually together. Because things go badly wrong when I put the two of them together – just ask my mum. She threw away my blue slime last week because I got it everywhere. Again.
I like books where the story is set in a school because when I am at school and it is BORING – ZZZZ – I can imagine all these exciting things might happen. But not Honourable Deaths. Honourable Deaths is not an exciting thing. It is a HORRIBLE thing and I felt sorry for Barney when they made him play it. I wanted to tell him maybe he should hide in the toilet at break times. It is good that he joins Geek Inc. so he doesn’t have to play it anymore.
Mr Griffiths is very clever at making you keep reading because he starts the book with lots of mysterious things and you want to know what they mean. For example Lewis Crome’s leg being on fire but it not hurting, and a grandfather clock in the middle of nowhere.
I am suspicious of that grandfather clock. It seems to move very fast sometimes – from Lewis’s house to the wasteland, and then from the wasteland to Gabby’s house. But then it lurks around in the wasteland for ages, only moving a few inches at a time. Hmmm. Weird. I think it was up to something that even Mr Griffiths the writer did not know about.
I am not sure what else to write and my mum said she would put the password in the computer when I was finished. So I am going to finish this by giving it 4.5 stars and saying READ IT, PEOPLE!
RACHEL HAMILTON REVIEWS
Star rating: * * * * 4 out of 5
Kids need silly. Children’s lives, nowadays, seem to be stuffed with activities, schedules, homework, schedules, performances, more schedules. Even the ‘fun’ stuff has a goal – an educational opportunity here, a junior CV point there.
There’s all the time in the world to be successful (or not) later in life. Childhood is the time to be silly, and ridiculous, and then silly again.
That’s why I love crazy comedy sci-fi books, like Mark Griffiths’ Geek Inc: Technoslime Terror. These books remind me of those little flowers that sometimes grow between the small cracks in the pavement – sneaking silliness into over-scheduled lives and giving kids the chance to lose themselves in giggles and nonsense.
Because this book is brilliantly bonkers. With grandfather clocks that wander around empty pieces of wasteland, pencil sharpeners that come to life, and paper aeroplanes that attack annoying children, Geek Inc: Technoslime Terror raises the wonderful possibility that our everyday world could succumb to a sudden attack of lunacy at any minute. And what use would all that scheduling be then?
Mark Griffiths has created an angelic psychopath of a ‘baddie’ in Gloria Pickles, fearsome tween editor of the Blue Hills High Examiner and devout believer in “the importance of adhering to school rules”. The lovely Gloria brings a whole new meaning to the idea of controlling people through the media.
Another great thing about this book is its layout. During Dyslexia Awareness Week, I spoke to children about the struggles they face with reading. I was impressed by the line spacing, the large, clear font, and the funny, relevant illustrations of Technoslime Terror. These elements make it easier for young readers to follow the entertainingly odd adventures of Gabby Grayling and Barney Watkins – President and Vice President (and only two members) of Geek Inc.
To my glee, I have discovered this book is the first of a series, which promises i) time travellers from the future mingling unnoticed with the shoppers in the high street ii) school children developing uncanny powers, and iii) strange creatures lurking within the grounds of a forgotten stately home. Can silly get any better than that?
Looks like I’ll be making Mark Griffiths’ books a regular part of our family schedule!