Book review: ‘Participants in the Race to Save Earth’ (Mind trips of SCAM book three)

(Disclosure: I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.)

If you’ve been following my blog for a while then you might remember my reviews of the first two books in the Mind Trips of SCAM series (YA fantasy, suitable for 8-12 year olds). The third book in the series is due to be published soon and I was lucky enough to snag an ARC for review! (No cover art yet!)

Participants in the Race to Save Earth picks up where the story left off: Max and Rob are pumped about their Secret Club of Ancient Music, especially now that they have a new member, but that doesn’t mean all is hunky-dory for the boys. A small betrayal causes a rift that could destroy the club. Rob is still hoping to catch a glimpse of His Lady on their adventures…even if it spells disaster for their trips. And Max’s mom is starting to wonder just what they’re doing in Uncle Lou’s garage on all those Saturday afternoons…

I like that this book picks up seamlessly where book two leaves off, but still changes in tone somewhat: for starters, the adventures themselves have changed a little, and there are conflicts that pop up that I hadn’t anticipated. The music also changes rather significantly–from Marvin Gaye, we’re jumping to the Ramones, which fits the adventure perfectly and is fun to listen to even if you’re not reading along to the book. (I think energetic pre-teens would especially love listening to some of the tracks.)

Want to grab Participants when it’s released? Follow author Nathan Ritter on Goodreads and Twitter for updates! Need to catch up on the series? Grab books one and two for your Kindle–they’re on sale now on Amazon for just 99 cents!


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