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Imagine you had access to countless items of technology which have been classified as potentially too dangerous for the world to have access to!
Dev’s Uncle is the caretaker of The Inventory, the World’s strongest vault.
However, on the day that Lot, a girl from school, and bully Mason happen to visit, thieves try to break in to steal Iron Fist, and the three kids find themselves in a deadly battle with the intruders, and The Inventory.
I really enjoyed this middle grade action adventure and particularly warmed to Dev. Isolated from making friends because he can never invite them home he doesn’t have the best relationship with his uncle so is pretty lonely with a somewhat sarcastic robot his only company. Dev is clearly intelligent and has paid attention to workings of The Inventory but can he beat the thieves? Well, that would be classed as a spoiler so I’m not going to tell you. What I can say is that readers will enjoy the array of technology, be thrilled by the chase and surprised by certain revelations. I’m certainly looking forward to reading future adventures.
Interview with Author Andy Briggs
How much fun did you have making up whacky inventions and which do you wish were real?
Making things up for a living is, in a word, awesome. Making up wild inventions for The Inventory was, therefore terrific fun. However, I had one vague rule at the back of my mind: make them feel real, even if it means pushing the barriers of fringe science, they have to at least sound plausible. That’s what set Star Trek aside from plenty of other science fiction shows, it was more science than fiction.
Straight away I would waltz into the Inventory, strap on a pair of Hover-Boots and fly around at breakneck speeds. If the internal security was to prevent me from pilfering the boots, then I would try and sneak off with the Onmi-Board, which is a next generation skateboard that puts Segways and hover-boards to shame.
Who is your favourite inventor and why?
That is so easy: Nikola Tesla. The Croatian genius who invented so many things – such as radio control, the Tesla coil (which used to be a vital component of old TVs), and – radio. Of course I can hear many history teacher correcting me there, but they’re wrong. There was a bitter legal battle with Marconi… go and read about it. Fascinating stuff. Many of Tesla’s inventions are only just being explored today.
Despite his amazing inventions, Tesla died penniless, had a pigeon as his best friend and believed that aliens transmitted ideas straight to his brain…
Writing is inventing. What is your process: Inspired by a Eureka moment or a carefully planned trial?
If you had asked me this for any other book then I would have answered that it’s all carefully planned. I structure the chapters and key plot points and have my Eureka moments away from the page, then carefully integrate them into the story. This comes from the screenwriter side of me, scripts have to be very carefully structured and timed.
However, this time I threw caution to the wind and ploughed into the story. It wasn’t a moment of madness, it was an experiment. The Inventory itself is supposed to be a place of unexpected twists and turns, so I wanted to be surprised just as much as the reader. I didn’t want to fall into the trap of those old James Bond movies in which 007 gets exactly the gadget he needs later in the story. I wanted my heroes to find seemingly useless items then be forced to make them work to escape a dastardly situation later. The result is that I, at least, was surprised by what lurks in the World Best Kept Secret…
Were you a science geek in school? If not what was your best/favourite subject?
Um. Yes. When it came to choosing GCSEs I took Technology Design, Chemistry and Physics. Then for A-levels I took Maths and Physics – and Media Studies too, of course. The problem was, I wanted to know about quantum physics, black holes and travelling at the speed of light and, sadly, that didn’t crop up in my lessons so I quickly became bored and went off to write stories instead. These days I’m always watching documentaries, reading New Scientist and Wired Magazines and pretend I know exactly what they’re all talking about…
What have sheep ever done to you? (Reference to making them invisible and blowing one’s head off)
Before the RSPCA descend upon me, they are fake sheep! Sheep are menacing. They have weird horizontal pupils and quietly judge you when you walk past their field. Sure, they act dumb, but the moment you’re out of earshot they’re baa-ing away in their cryptic alien language. Them (and cows) are contributing to massive global warming as they fart in order to terraform our planet for their own nefarious purposes. You mark my words, the cute fluffy image is merely creative marketing…
Which of the characters in the book would you Repeat, Rewrite, Remove and why? And yes you have to answer ;0
Ooh, now I know I don’t like you! What a cruel question… I would repeat Lot, because, as the daughter of an Air Force test pilot, she is a gung-ho thrill seeker.
I would rewrite Dev because you can never have a perfect hero (and by perfect, I still include all the flaws that make them interesting) as you keep coming up with new and intriguing issues and problems to inflict upon them. That said, the joy of writing a series is that I can now put him under so much more pressure and really pull him apart…
Finally, I would remove Mason (if I had to) because bullies should be erased (or thrown into the prison colonies of our future masters, the sheep (see above).
Huge thanks to Andy for some brilliant responses. I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I did.
Comment below with which everyday invention you’d confine to The Inventory and tell me why (is it dangerous or just plain annoying) and then head over to the Rafflecopter to register your chances to win. Closes Wednesday 11th at midnight. UK and IRL residents only.
The Rest of the Tour
You can find the links to all the blogs on tour organiser Faye’s website here.
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A somewhat lengthy post (#sorrynotsorry) to let you know about some coming attractions!!!
I’ve joined the #bookstagram community and am having fun taking photographs of my collection – you can follow me here if you wish. The picture I’m happiest with so far is this one – thank you for that, Sunlight!
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Sat 7th May – Andy Briggs – The Inventory: Iron Fist (I’m so excited to share this interview with you). Check out this post by @daydreamin_star for handy links to the other stops on the tour.
As part of the 2016 Debut Author’s Bash at yareads.com I will be interviewing the following two authors. Check out the sign-up post here to see the amount of amazing authors (and their books) that will be taking part.
Fri 3rd June Jennifer Mason-Black ‘Devil and the Bluebird’
Sat 11th June Kiran Millwood- Hargrave ‘The Cartographer’s Daughter’
Sun 26th June – Tommy vs Cancer – I will be reviewing two of Tommy Donbavand’s books – Ward 13 and Scream Street 1: Fang of the Vampire – Tommy has cancer and this blog tour is designed to help support him pay his bills – check out one of his blog posts here and please consider donating. Do read the rest of the blog too. Thanks to @ and @for organising.
I’ve done lots of reading and have some reviews to catch up on.
Just a note I’ve decided to leave star ratings off reviews though you can still see them on my Goodreads Profile if you are interested.
Feb – The Art of Happiness/A Force for Good, Mar – 1984/Brave New World, Apr – Anne of Green Gables, May – The Handmaid’s Tale, June – The Catcher in the Rye
I’m a little behind on the Emma Waston feminist book club reads but have all the books I’ve not yet read on my May TBR pile
Jan – My Life on the Road, Feb – The Color Purple, Mar – all about love, Apr – How to be a Woman/Moranthology/Moranifesto, May – The Argonauts, June – TBC
So far I’ve read 9/16 books I was most looking forward to this year and will be reviewing:
Morning Star, How Hard Can Love Be?, The Sleeping Prince, 13 Minutes, Desolation, Geek Girl 5: Head Over Heels, Rebel of the Sands, Kindred Spirits and Mind Your Head.
YA Book Prize 2016 Shortlist
When the 10 books that made the shortlist were announced I was very happy to see that I’d already read 5 and owned an additional 3. Since then I’ve bought and listened to One! on audiobook so just have 1 to acquire and 4 left to read. This will be the first shortlist I WILL have finished reading before the prize is announced. I think as Melvin Burgess is getting a special prize I should really add Junk to my list too.
I appear to be expecting 4 book boxes in May – oops – so I’ll share an unboxing and review of each one.
They are, in alphabetical order: Fairyloot, Illumicrate, My Bookish Crate and Owlcrate.
Finally, in my interview with Andy Briggs I asked him a somewhat nasty question – which he very kindly answered and I’m thinking of making it a feature.
Repeat, Rewrite, Remove
The question is ‘Which of the Characters in your book would you Repeat, Rewrite, Remove and why?’
I’m looking for brave authors who’d like to explore this to get in contact – please use the form below.
Ummm – just realised it looks like I have a busy couple of months ahead. What have you got coming up?
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