Finn and the Intergalactic Lunchbox (The Finniverse Book 1) by Michael Buckley

Finn and the Intergalactic Lunchbox (The Finniverse Book 1) by Michael Buckley
November 14, 2020 Alexandra Adlawan

Middle School

Finn Foley has a lunchbox, and when he opens it, weird things come out . . . like a seven-foot-tall robot and a strange, blinking device that glues itself to his chest. The lunchbox also opens wormholes–shortcuts through space–that take Finn to the farthest corners of the galaxy.
Sounds awesome, right?
Not so much. Rocketing through the cosmos attracts the attention of the Plague, a race of gigantic bugs. The thing on Finn’s chest belongs to them – it’s the most dangerous weapon in the universe – and they want it back.
To fight the Plague, Finn will need the lunchbox, as well as an unlikely squad of assistants: Lincoln, the bully; Julep, the coolest girl in school; Kate, Finn’s unicorn-obsessed little sister; and Highbeam, a robot spy from another galaxy. If they can learn to work together, they just might have a chance, but the bugs are coming, and they’ll stop at nothing to get their weapon – even if it means destroying the world.

 

The summary above does not do this story justice and only offers a fraction of what this story has to offer. This is science fiction at its best. Perfect for fans of Star Wars, Stargate, Ben 10 (the original version), and Doctor Who.

 

On the very first page you are thrown right into the action in a way that doesn’t give you wipe lash. I have read so many stories where I’ve gotten lost and confused by the third page. It takes a skilled author to start a story in an unfamiliar complex situation that is still simple enough to wrap your mind around.

 

This story includes a wormhole generator machine, blood-thirsty unicorns, giant 6-foot-tall alien locusts that take over worlds, a few touchy-feely moments thrown in for good measure, and a cast of well-rounded characters (both human, alien, and mechanical). I don’t want to risk giving away too much about this story, so this is all you’re getting from me. I highly recommend this book to all fans of sci-fi.

 

Leaving off on a huge cliffhanger that reminds me of the ending of Back to the Future, the second book can’t get here soon enough.

 

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