It’s Friday the 13th again, and for sixth grade genius Nate Bannister, that means doing three more not-so-smart things to keep life interesting. But he has bigger problems than his own experiments. His nemesis, the Red Death Tea Society, is threatening to unleash a swarm of angry bees on the city of Polt if Nate doesn’t join their ranks. But then a new group of people with murky intentions shows up — the League of Ostracised Fellows — and they want Nate as their own, too. To top it off, he’s convinced there’s a spy in his very own school.
Nate must once again team up with his new, resourceful, friend Delphine to save the day. They’ll need the help of Nate’s crazy gadgets, such as his talking car Betsy and super-powered pets Bosper the Scottish terrier and Sir William the gull, if they hope to see another Friday the 13th. Because they might be battling more than just sting-happy bees and villains with a penchant for tea this time around.
Publisher: Bloomsbury || Release Date: March 9th 2017 || Format: Paperback/eBook
I received an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review. This does not in any way affect my opinions.
How to Outsmart a Billion Robot Bees is the second in Paul Tobin’s Genius Factor series, and it’s just as good, if not better than the first: How to Capture an Invisible Cat. Definitely a funny, wacky read and it had me chuckling to my heart’t content.
My favourite part of this whole book has to be the love triangle going on between Delphine, Nate and Betsy the Car. First of all, I know what you’re thinking: How can there be a love triangle going on with a car?!? Well, Betsy isn’t your average everyday car. She is a sentient car with her own thoughts created by Nate, and well, she has a huge crush on him, and will do anything to stop anyone else even remotely having a relationship with him. Which makes it all the funnier when she locks Delphine inside her when they’re being attacked by a billion bees, making Delphine powerless to help. Delphine, even though she keeps denying it, has a crush on Nate too. Betsy notices this when they’re being attacked by swarms of bees and Delphine jumps on Nate for safety. Betsy very much doesn’t like this and brings things into her own hands and, in a way, has a stand-off with Delphine at the worst time possible.
It was great to see the development of characters in this book, especially from Nate. In How to Capture an Invisible Cat, Nate was clueless when it came to sarcasm. This time round though, we see evidence of how Nate is adapting to his friend Delphine, and becoming more aware of when she uses sarcasm–although maybe not every time. We also meet The Red Death Tea Society once again, and a new faction, the League of Ostracised Fellows, which want Nate just as bad as The Red Death Tea Society, but Nate won’t have it!
As I drew towards the end of this book, I will admit I became a bit glum (as I do as I end most books *chuckles*), as I found it hard to see where Paul was going with the story, without spoiling it for anyone, and how if at all possible there could be anymore adventures from Nate and Delphine. Thankfully though, there was a fantastic development just towards the very end, and I am thrilled to know that this potentially isn’t the end of their adventures together!
Another excellent read from the brilliant Paul Tobin, and I for one can’t wait to see what mischief Nate and Delphine (and Betsy) get up to on the next Friday the 13th!
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