The Bug Boys vs. Professor Blake Blackhart


Young Adult - Sci-Fi
154 Pages
Reviewed on 12/06/2017
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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite

The Bug Boys vs. Professor Blake Blackhart: The Bug Boys, Book 2 is a science fiction novel for preteens and young adults written by Stewart Hoffman. While this is the second book in the series, Hoffman gives sufficient background information for it to be enjoyed as a standalone novel. Alex and Ian were feeling pretty good. Their nanobots had made their bodies taller and stronger and had even fixed Alex’s eyes so he no longer needed to wear glasses. Alex did wish he were taller, like Ian was, and Ian would have preferred to be closer to Alex’s height, but you could only expect so much tinkering from the little alien robots. The fact that Ian and Alex could become superheroes simply by ingesting bugs was still something that was pretty outrageous and cool. Then the bots did something that really surprised them. Both boys were on the edge of puberty and had been expecting changes -- but in an hour’s time and during class?

Stewart Hoffman’s science fiction novel for preteens and young adults, The Bug Boys vs. Professor Blake Blackhart: The Bug Boys, Book 2, is a worthy successor to the first book in that series, The Bug Boys. What happened to the apple, and who did eventually eat it? Professor Blackhart is the consummate villain, giving Ian, Alex and their nanobot allies plenty of challenges to master in coming to terms with their new foe. This exciting and at times hilarious novel shakes up a genre that sometimes takes itself too seriously and the results are marvelous. Hoffman’s tale is well written, and his plot is first rate. A warning to readers, however; reading up on the bullet ants mentioned in this book will cause nightmares -- they’re that bad. The Bug Boys vs. Professor Blake Blackhart: The Bug Boys, Book 2 is most highly recommended.