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It's five months since the nightmare Year Six School trip to Crater Lake, and something has gone very wrong in Lance's home town of Straybridge. There's been an explosion at the University, a mysterious test creature is missing and no one is allowed in or out of the town. On top of this Lance has lost touch with his friends since starting at his new school. And now his mum has been acting strangely since…

I really love Jennifer Killicks’ writing, book 1 in the series (Crater Lake) was really excellent so I was expecting big things with this one. Here’s my book review of Crater Lake Evolution.

Its been 5 months since the terrifying events at Crater Lake where the human race was under threat from a vile swarm of angry wasp aliens. But are they back!?

Lance suspects as such, especially after the strange explosion at the university in his hometown Straybridge which has knocked out the wifi (as if having no wifi wasn’t scary enough, just wait) and meant a suspiciously convenient curfew has been placed on its residents. Lance isn’t convinced, his mum is acting really weird now and the family cat is now terrified of her and won’t come in the house. Somethings not right. Lance is going to need help, the help of his friends. 

I mean how scary is this… “And then he’s gone, and it’s just me and the thing that used to be my mum.” 

But since Crater Lake, relationships have become extremely tense and getting the group back together will be tricky. He only really talks to Karim now and the others barely speak at all. He has to though, they must put any bad feelings towards each other behind them and work as a team once again if they are to have any chance of success… One way or another… Their lives, the town, the world depends on it! 

What a terrifying and yet funny book from Jennifer Killick. Warning: Don’t look at Chapter 13 directly in the words, it will make your skin CRAWL! And as if dealing with a vicious race of alien wasps wasn’t bad enough, having to face life in secondary school and drifting friendships as well is almost too much. What this book does show is that just showing up and apologising is sometimes all friendships need and that when you work together anything is possible. 

Some quotes I’d like to highlight…

“Karim’s dad says, so angry that even his beard looks full of rage.” Love this. 

“That’s gotta hurt coming out. Worse than a peanut poo.” Jennifer, dude. Any need for that visual 😂

Congratulations on a book that may actually be even better than the first one. I haven’t decided yet, they’re both excellent, you’ll have to read both and let me know what you think. 

Crater Lake Evolution sketch by Eddy Hope Stoomio

A huge thanks to Firefly Press Ltd and Netgalley for allowing me to review an early copy. Crater Lake Evolution is now available for PRE-ORDER.

Crater Lake Evolution by Jennifer Killick