Title: Infinity Drake: The Sons of Scarlatti
Author: John McNally
Page Count/Review Word Count: 404
Disclaimer: While I aim to be unbiased, I received a copy of this for free to review.
To begin with, I wasn’t sure what to expect from this book – I was worried that it was going to end up being a rip-off of Honey I Shrunk the Kids, and it’s certainly true that the author was probably influenced by that. However, this book offers so much more.
Loosely speaking, it follows the story of the young Infinity Drake (Finn for short), as he helps his Uncle Al to save the world from a terrorist conspiracy. The terrorists have released the scarlatti insect, an extremely dangerous creature which threatens to spread across the majority of the civilised world, wiping out 6 billion people.
Finn and his Uncle Al team up with some science folks to carry out an audacious plan – a crack military team is to be shrunk down to the size of fingernails and send to track down the terrorists’ scarlatti by releasing, tracking and following a second scarlatti, the only other insect of its kind in the world. Sounds like nothing could go wrong, right?
Wrong. The mission is compromised, and the special forces team has to operate off the radar, with no way of getting back in touch with HQ. Plus they have to deal with insects and animals that are bigger than they are, and when your grenades are the size of a speck of dust, it’s pretty difficult to take down an angry carnivore.
This book would be perfect for young adults with an interest in science, because science plays a key role throughout the manuscript. Whether the science that McNally speaks about is possible or not, it’s certainly plausible – the only thing that threw me off was a momentary reference to Google Analytics, which was poorly researched. I use Google Analytics all of the time for work, and so I know when someone’s talking out of their arse. In this instance, McNally was.
But overall, it’s pretty good for what it is, an escapism tale targeted at younger readers with a love for science. Infinity Drake is a relatable hero, even to myself – the series will be continued, so I’m looking forward to seeing what he gets up to in the next book.