This is the first time that I’ve had the honour to take part in a blog book tour, and it is something I have wanted to do for a while. I mean what book blogger wouldn’t want to do this? I came across a Facebook post in one of the many bloggers groups asking for people interested in reviewing a book called The Belch Park Field Trip by Andrew Mackay. I’ve never heard of the author or this series of books before, so I felt like I would be a good person for an unbiased review.
Please note there will be some spoilers within this review. If you don’t want to know these, please do not read the main review section of this post.
IT’S A JUNGLE IN THERE!
Henry Williams has never been a leader. Or stood up to the bullies. Or kissed the girl of his dreams. In fact, he’s never stood out from the school crowd. Mind you, he’s only twelve years-old. And a foot shorter than his classmates. All that will change today, though.
The school inspectors are visiting Chrome Junction Academy. The principal needs to get rid of the cream of the cr@p! He would have preferred to send them to another galaxy far, far away… Instead, the obnoxious, high-on-energy-drinks brats are off to…
Roller coasters! Mega-drop towers! Ghost trains! Ferris wheels! Bumper cars!
No end of opportunities for fun, thrills and spills! The perfect place to run rampant and enjoy themselves…
South London’s notorious Our Lady of Sacrifice Roman Catholic school is also there. They’re Chrome Junction Academy’s natural enemy. Oh bugger…
NOW IT’S WAR!
Limbs will break… Dares will result in irreparable damage… The innocent will be caught in the crossfire… Even the park may not survive
Henry’s destiny awaits…
Chrome Junction Academy’s underdog must step up… and grow a pair. He’ll have to ensure the safety of his friends. Fend off the bigger, badder kids. …and get them out of Belch Park in one piece!
After the first chapter of the book, I have to say I wasn’t really impressed. I couldn’t discern what genre the book was meant to be and even resorted to googling the author to find out more about his writing style and the previous two books in the series. It turns Andrew is mainly a satirical writer. Although I don’t understand how outright calling the school inspectors Nazis is satirical, but maybe that’s just me.
The start of this book really put me off, and I didn’t really want to continue reading it. But I gave it the benefit of the doubt and finished it until the very last page. After all, I don’t want my didn’t finish list to get much bigger than the Catcher in the Rye.
I struggled to find much that I liked this book, It didn’t pique my interest as much as I would have liked it to have. Although this was meant to be a satire with an element of social commentary, I found little that was relatable in it. I went to school in a bad area, where we did have certain students taken out for the day when Ofsted were in. But it didn’t have much else that I could relate to.
I find it weird that 7 of the “main” characters end up being killed in highly unlikely situations. I don’t understand the mentality of including this, and I don’t get why you would want to. What was worse is that I didn’t really mind that this many 12 year olds were killed, because of none of the characters were really that likeable. I didn’t care much either way because of this. But I still can’t understand why there was the need for so many violent ends on a school trip.
Yes, kids today are not perfect little angels, but honestly when have they ever been? I left school 10 years ago this year, and still know that it wasn’t all kids that misbehaved. It usually tends to be a select few. I’m still trying to guess at the social commentary of this, is it don’t go to theme parks in case you meet a psychotic 12 year old? Or is that all kids are terrible and we wouldn’t be associating with them?
I always go by a scale of 1 to 5 stars based upon the Goodreads style system.
***** 1 out 5 stars
As much as I wanted to like this book I couldn’t find myself doing it. I didn’t find much funny within it, and think it may have missed its mark with being classed as satire.
However, if you want to form your own opinion on this book, the book is now available for purchase:
Purchase from Amazon UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Belch-Field-Chrome-Junction-Academy-ebook/dp/B079ZWPPJM
Purchase from Amazon.com – https://www.amazon.com/Belch-Field-Chrome-Junction-Academy-ebook/dp/B079ZWPPJM
Hasta la fuego