The Bug Boys tells the story of two best friends living in an English mining town and what happens when alien technology turns their normal lives into something extraordinary. Along the way, we see through the eyes of not just the boys themselves, but also many of the other characters inhabiting the little village as well as another planet! I think a younger audience, especially tweens and teens, would really enjoy the dialogue and interactions. Hoffman displays a lot of wit and imagination, taking the reader along a ride that's surprising and satisfying.
The Bug Boys was so enjoyable to read! I read through chapter 17 in one sitting (a few hours on a plane ) and was quietly captivated the entire time. I completed the book the next day and the funny, heroic duo continued to make me smile through the remaining chapters. From the overall vivid, descriptive nature to the Secti names, fart sounds (and smells) and footnotes, this story was so much fun. The humor gave me lots of laugh-out-loud moments and I was surprised to find suspense and feel a little sadness and worry. The triumphant ending made up for that.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and it left me with several questions: how are Darren and Jane doing? did Mike decide to divorce Samantha? will Frank ever see the tape or lose weight? will the duo become a trio with Darren? will Sharon buy a dress?
The Bug Boys is a little advanced for my son but I've been able to pull out a few sections to read aloud that are descriptive and adaptable to fit my imaginative 4-year-old's attention span. Note: Reading this aloud to a toddler while he's wearing Spiderman pajamas is an added bonus.
Overall, Stewart Hoffman is a very talented writer. I am not into science fiction much but I loved the adventures of Alex and Ian! I was lucky enough to snag an autographed paperback copy and look forward to reading what's next for the Bug Boys.
I loved this book. It was a terrific sci fi story with some wonderfully touching scenes. The story follows two boys who accidentally swallow microscopic alien robots while visiting the local coal mine. They find they are being "perfected" by the nano bots.
They have many adventures and meet the hysterically funny aliens who created the nanobots.
This book is really an enjoyable read. You won't be disappointed.
The Bug Boys is an entertaining tale about two friends and their journey into superherodom. The premise of how the boys develop their powers through obtaining the special traits of different insects provides a unique take on the typical supernatural crimefighter theme.
The author creates an inventive world, in particular with the lore of The Secti. I won’t offer too many spoilers here, but seeing the interactions between the Secti and the boys gave the book a nice intergalactic twist.
Hoffman vividly describes Alex and Ian’s transformations and the effects of their powers. Almost a little too vividly for someone like me who generally hates creepy crawlies! I especially didn’t know there were so many different ways to describe farting sounds (and smells).
I hope the next book will further explore the boys’ relationship with the Secti’s infamous Reddish Brown character. I also wouldn’t mind seeing Darren and some of the minor players become more prominent and grow more. Based off of the novel’s final tell-tale line, I’m curious to see where the next installment in the series will lead.
A great tale which my son really enjoyed. Just the right amount of gross boy stuff mixed in with aliens, super heroes and evil-doers. Well written and imagined, it kept his attention through out with the authors special brand of humor.
This is a splendid read. “The Bug Boys” is aimed at a young audience but I’m certain it will have much broader appeal. The author doesn’t dumb-down the story or writing style to suit younger readers and I think that makes the book all the more successful. It’s a very imaginative and humorous story packed full of all the stuff that kids will love – superheroes, aliens, monster-bugs etc. But the author does something different, he introduces themes such as bullying and poverty which are handled sensitively and encourage the reader to consider what might be at the root of bullying behavior. To cap it all, the book is set in Yorkshire – God’s own county!
After a very explosive start that the YA reader will find hilarious, the book slows down and struggles to hold one's attention until it again takes off about a third of the way through. From that point on, it's a lively, imaginative page turner full of farts and boy humor. Unique plot - your boys will love it.
This is a witty, imaginative tale about two boys and their adventures in a small British town. Without giving too much away, it's a fun underdog/superhero/sci-fi that most readers will be able to identify with. The characters are vivid and colorful, and the plot takes a number of unexpected turns. The writing style is best suited for kids who are already avid readers.
My favorite aspect of BUG BOYS is that, without apology, it contains the type of humor and gags that interest adolescent males.