Early Review: Tesla’s Attic by Neal Shusterman and Eric Elfman

Tesla's AtticEarly Review: Tesla’s Attic by Neal Shusterman and Eric Elfman
Book 1 of the Accelerati Trilogy
Book provided by NetGalley and Disney-Hyperion
Release Date: February 11, 2014
Genre: Children’s, Middle Grades, Young Adult, Science Fiction

Synopsis from Goodreads: The first book in a brilliantly imagined and hilarious trilogy about four kids caught up in a dangerous plan concocted by the eccentric inventor Nikola Tesla.

Tesla’s Attic is the first book in a brilliantly imagined and hilariously written trilogy that combines science, magic, intrigue, and just plain weirdness, about four kids who are caught up in a dangerous plan concocted by the eccentric inventor Nikola Tesla.

After their home burns down, fourteen-year-old Nick, his younger brother, and their father move into a ramshackle Victorian house they’ve inherited. When Nick opens the door to his attic room, he’s hit in the head by a toaster. That’s just the beginning of his weird experiences with the old junk stored up there. After getting rid of the odd antiques in a garage sale, Nick befriends some local kids-Mitch, Caitlin, and Vincent-and they discover that all of the objects have extraordinary properties. What’s more, Nick figures out that the attic is a strange magnetic vortex, which attracts all sorts of trouble. It’s as if the attic itself has an intelligence . . . and a purpose.

Ultimately Nick learns that the genius Nikola Tesla placed the items-his last inventions-in the attic as part of a larger plan that he mathematically predicted. Nick and his new friends must retrieve everything that was sold at the garage sale and keep it safe. But the task is fraught with peril-in addition to the dangers inherent in Tesla’s mysterious and powerful creations, a secret society of physicists, the Accelerati, is determined to stop Nick and alter destiny to achieve its own devious ends. It’s a lot for a guy to handle, especially when he’d much rather fly under the radar as the new kid in town.

Fans of intrigue, action, humor, and nonstop surprises are guaranteed a read unlike any other in Tesla’s Attic, Book One of the Accelerati Trilogy.

AH’s Review – 4 Skulls – A-

For those who know me, I am constantly on the lookout for books that would appeal to a young reluctant reader. (I know, hard to believe that someone would not want to read). Tesla’s Attic fits the bill nicely. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this book. While Tesla’s Attic is geared towards readers in Grades 3 through 7, I imagine that it would also appeal to older readers and even their parents.

Tesla’s Attic is full of win. It’s funny, amusing, and very entertaining. The kids find themselves in really strange situations surrounded by junky items that do all sorts of wonderfully strange and even crazy deadly things. Things just go awry for the main character who has transferred to a new school. His school records are always just a little bit wonky. Then there are the mysterious men in the vanilla colored suits…

The lunch lady at Nick’s school is surprisingly astute, coaching Nick through the difficult first day of school. The cultural references will make most adult readers laugh out loud, especially a shout out to The Godfather where Nick finds a picture of the horse nebula in his bed. Ha! There’s also a secret society and stuff that belonged to Nikolas Tesla as well.

Lots of humor and madcap situations makes Tesla’s Attic an enjoyable read for younger readers and up. Tesla’s Attic is a solid start to a fun new series.

Rating:  ☠  ☠  ☠  ☠  ☠ 

Thank you to NetGalley and Disney Hyperion for a review copy of this book.

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