Trade ed. ISBN 978-1-4814-9014-6 $17.99
Paper ed. ISBN 978-1-4814-9013-9 $7.99
E-book ed. ISBN 978-1-4814-9015-3 $7.99
Reviewed from galleys R Gr. 4-6
Sven and Will, the biggest outcasts in school, at least have each other, even if others seem apprehensive when it comes to their peculiarities—Sven has a compulsion to taste anything (the filthier, the better) and his best friend has a significant case of obsessive compulsive disorder. Their wits are tested when they witness the impossible: Sven’s arm falls off, picks itself up, and reattaches to his shoulder. This leads them to the discovery that Sven (originally “Seven”) is really a “Tick, ” a synthetic humanoid (not totally robot, not quite human) created by a mad cyborg to serve as a bioweapon who could wipe out human life by sneezing everyone to death. With the help of Alicia, a schoolmate with a dark past, and Junkman Sam, the problem and solution to their predicament wrapped into one, they attempt to save humankind. Vlock keeps readers entertained with silly situations along the way with a page-turner that’s entertaining right down to the Acknowledgments section, written in the form of a hilarious one-act play. Hand this fast-paced romp to an adventurer in the making.