FICTION

Finn and the Intergalactic Lunchbox

Delacorte. (The Finnverse Series: Bk. 1). Apr. 2020. 288p. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780525646877.
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Gr 4-7–Finn Foley’s pink unicorn lunchbox opens a wormhole that allows him to move across space and time. It’s awesome, aside from the otherworldly creatures now desperate to catch Finn and steal his space-traveling technology. Help soon arrives in the form of a giant robot named Highbeam, determined to protect the lunchbox from a swarming locusts species called the Plague. Finn has no choice but to team up with his school bully (Lincoln), his crush (Julep), and his little sister (Kate) to aid Highbeam on his quest; even if it means calling upon the bloodthirsty, savage unicorns for help. Buckley nails his new series opener with fantastical elements of faraway galaxies, rebellions, and space travel that hook readers from page one. Finn and his pals reflect a younger “The Last Kids on Earth” gang, but with a sparkly lunchbox wormhole generator that’s bigger on the inside. Finn and Lincoln’s journey of enemies to friends shows them discovering that one never knows another person’s struggles. Highbeam’s presence doubles as comedic relief and mentor for Finn and his gang.
VERDICT Perfect for Max Brallier and Doctor Who fans seeking an action-packed sci-fi adventure.

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