Itch by Simon Mayo


As you may know, sci-fi books are not my thing. After reading the blurb however, I decided to give Itch a try. Itch is about a boy called Itchingham Lofte who is science-obsessed. He gets hold of some items he shouldn’t have, and things soon get messy. Itch, his sister Chloe, and his cousin Jack all experience arsenic poisoning and gain bodyguards – not a normal life for three teenagers!

Itch really struck me when I read it, because it is so moving, action-packed and thrilling that I didn’t want to put it down. I read this book in one sitting. There is sadly one negative to this, once I read it, it went back on the shelf. Life over. I still read this book occasionally but because it is so packed with events, it is an easy book to remember, therefore repeat reading is a challenge.

When I first read Itch, I didn’t expect there to be a sequel but when it was released, I was curious to know what the sequel would be about. You see, after reading Itch, I didn’t feel like there was anything left to cling on to, to make a sequel out of, but it turns out there was something. It was a very small and hidden link, but it was there alright. The sequel is called Itch Rocks.

Now, after reading Itch Rocks, I was pretty certain it would be a duology, but I was wrong again. The third book is called Itch Craft and makes this series a trilogy. Although the third book was unexpected, it has to be my favourite of the trilogy. It seems directly correlated to both the the first and second and I love it so much. One problem though, it doesn’t make sense unless you’ve read the others! So get reading!

FictionFan1 Rating: 8/10

If you liked this author you might like: Steve Backshall, Rebecca Stead

About the author: Simon Mayo is a famous BBC radio presenter, but also writes children’s and adults’ books. At first, Itch was meant to be the only book in the series, but it proved popular and so more were released.

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