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Reviewed by Kevin Chilvers for Readers' Favorite
Unscanned by Tracy Todd is the story of a brave 11-year-old boy who ventures into the streets of post-apocalyptic England to collect things his community needs to survive. When he takes pity on an old friend from school and takes her with him, he breaks two cardinal rules: stay invisible and don’t get distracted. Caught and sold to a children’s workhouse, he struggles against draconian rules and evil punishments in a cruel regime. He must escape if he is to survive, but what about 9-year-old Elliot who teaches him the ropes? Alex, the kitchen assistant who has access to food? And Sid, the laundryman’s slave? To succeed, Alex will need help, but can he trust them? Moreover, how will he get them out of the fortress-like prison?
Unscanned by Tracy Todd is an entertaining children’s sci-fi adventure. Adam’s well-crafted character takes you into a very real, frightening world, reminiscent of 19th century slavery and workhouses. Tracy does a brilliant job of taking you right there with him and I was rooting for his success. Adam comes across as brave, caring and resourceful. In his dilemma, Tracy Todd creates plenty of tension and conflict as Adam has to choose between the promises he has made to his own people, the Downers, and helping the other children he meets. In places the story is bogged down by a little too much detail, but continue reading and you will be rewarded with a great story. Maybe we can join Adam on further adventures.