Just imagine a secret underground facility that houses secrets and inventions that are too dangerous to be used in the real world; this is the Inventory and it has been Dev’s home for as long as he can remember. His ‘Uncle’ is the curator and guardian of these treasures. Lately however, things have started to go missing and it is up to Dev and his friends Mason and Lot to try and recover them from the organization known as the Shadow Helix. Dev has certain advantages in that he was ‘grown’ in a laboratory and designed to protect the Inventory, however the other side have an earlier prototype on their side. When an amazing weapon called ‘Newton’s Arrow’, which can manipulate gravity, is stolen, the team find themselves in a race to retrieve it before it can wreak havoc.
As you would expect with a book by Andy Briggs, this is very much a plot driven story. It is full of action and the pace of the events keeps you hooked throughout the book. Whilst this will probably find its main audience with young boys there are also strong female characters that make this an enjoyable read for anyone who like their stories full of thrills and action. This is the second book in the series but you do not need to have read the first one in order to enjoy this. However I am sure that the target audience will want to read all of the stories and will be looking forward to a follow on from this. Whilst the action is the important part of this plot there is some focus on the character of Dev and how he is coping with the reality of his ‘creation’. It makes you think about what defines someone as human and also how we see our ‘family’ and I am sure that this element will be explored in future books. This is a welcome addition to the school and public library.