Monday, 20 December 2010

Review: The Medusa Project - The Rescue by Sophie McKenzie

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's
Format: Paperback
Released: July 8th, 2010
Grade rating: B

Amazon summary:

Fourteen years ago, four babies were implanted with the Medusa gene - a gene for psychic abilities. Now teenagers, Nico, Ketty, Ed and Dylan have been brought together by government agents to create a secret crime-fighting force: The Medusa Project. Since their existence became known to members of the criminal underworld, they have been hidden away in a secluded training camp in Spain, where their identities are being kept secret. Life in camp is hard enough, but then things take a turn for the worse. Ed is blackmailed into using his mind-reading powers - and in doing so he threatens to endanger the whole Medusa Project...


I find The Medusa Project to be one of those series that is getting better with each new book. Now that everything is established, Sophie McKenzie dives straight into the fast-paced action her readers have become so accustomed to, and the plots are becoming more gripping as new characters and their powers are explored in greater detail.

I really liked The Medusa Project, wasn't a huge fan of Hostage, and am now back on even ground with The Rescue. So far Nico has been my favourite character or viewpoint, but I think Ed, the narrator of The Rescue, would come a close second. His power - the ability to read minds - is one of the more interesting Medusa gene mutations, just like Nico's telekinesis. Ed is the most vulnerable member of the group, he's compassionate and thoughtful, and I think his personality made for a different reading experience. I feel like I really got to know him, and in turn enjoyed his story more.

Where I think McKenzie's strength lies is in her plotting. She's all about the action and adventure, which makes The Medusa Project series perfect for readers who are looking for non-stop excitement and edge-of-your-seat tension. I think boys especially would get something out of these books, as they're in reminiscent of Stormbreaker or Young Bond. I might not get on as well with all four characters, but I can't fault the story. This one in particular is nail biting, thanks to the ambiguity of the Spanish camp and its inhabitants.

As with the other books in this series, there are convenient resolutions and over the top gadgetry used, but it all adds to the high-speed fun. It's kind of like James Bond for teenagers, y'know, if 007 had a cool power other than an invisible car and the ability to shoot straight from any location. I'm still amazed by the almost consistent standard of McKenzie's books, given that she writes so many. I'm starting to wonder if she has a superpower herself... it would certainly explain a lot!


LM Preston said...

Haven't heard of the series before. I like the scifi them of enhancement of humans so I'll check this one out.

Luisa at Chicklish said...

I definitely think Sophie McKenzie has super-writer-powers! Thanks for a great review. :)

Becky said...

Interesting review! I have only read the first book and I really liked Nico's voice. I am certainly going to carry on reading the series. I can't imagine liking Ed as a narrator as he seemed to be in opposition to Nico in the first one. Intriguing!

kirsty at the overflowing library said...

i love this series - can wait to get the new one in January. Sophie can to school to do an event. Had to cringe when the head of english introduced her and said this series was a triology - she clearly hadn't done her homework!!

So Many Books, So Little Time said...

I really do need to start this series, don't I?

Anonymous said...

i have read all the book so far there really good my fav one is the 3rd one