The Inventory: Iron Fist by Andy Briggs

A review of the sci-fi adventure novel The Inventory: Iron Fist by Andy Briggs.

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Iron Fist is the first book in a series called The Inventory. It follows the adventures of Dev, a young boy who has been raised in a strange place: The Inventory. He lives there with his elderly uncle. Dev is surrounded with amazing gadgets that have been deemed unsafe to be in the hands of others.

Dev has no friends so when two of the children from school pay a surprise visit he is naturally suspicious. After an attack is made on the Inventory, by a criminal mastermind known only as the Collector, a mad struggle ensues to protect the secrets held within. The Collector wants an item called Iron Fist. It’s up to Dev, Lot, and Mason to stop him.

The Inventory is a really well-written and fast-paced adventure science fiction story. The characters are highly developed and interesting. Briggs lets the reader make their own judgment about the protagonists rather than telling you. In fact, all the way through the story the author shows rather than tells. Briggs has been really clever, instead of inventing weird and wonderful gadgets that would need lots of description, he has stuck to things we all know, and just improved on them.

Dev occasionally comes across as whiny, but this fits with his overall character. Lot is very confident and brings out the best in the two boys, especially Dev. At the moment there is no hint of a love story, but this is only the first book. Mason is a really interesting individual. He starts off as an obnoxious bully, but changes as the story unfolds. He is totally believable and I liked him the most.

Although classed as teenage fiction, it makes a good read whatever your age. The only thing I wasn’t too keen on was the cliff-hanger ending. I understand it is the first in a series of books, but I like even those to be able to stand alone.

I think this book is a good read whatever your age. I recommend reading it with children. All children love a good pair of hover boots!

Cassidy grew up in Thanet and lives here with her family.

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